You know that fall sports are getting close when you start getting schedule announcements! Today, the women’s basketball team released the non-conference portion of the schedule. Nebraska has a pretty decent slate arranged, with eight home games and three road/neutral games.
Among the big questions - will Amy Williams’ experienced team get their first win vs Creighton? Can the Huskers put a “W” in the Big Ten’s column for the B1G/ACC challenge?
The teams visiting Pinnacle Bank Arena will be Creighton, Drake, Indiana State, Maine and Wyoming, Alabama A&M, North Carolina Central and Prairie View A&M. The Huskers will also visit Wake Forest for the B1G/ACC challenge and play and a pair of Thanksgiving tournament games in San Diego.
“We are so excited to have our great Husker fans back with us at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season,” Nebraska Head Coach Amy Williams said. “We are also excited about playing a full non-conference schedule after getting just two non-conference games at home last year. Our players worked hard this summer and will be ready for a challenging season.”
This is not a killer schedule, but it isn’t a cupcake one either. Nebraska’s opponents include five teams that advanced to postseason play a year ago, including Drexel (NCAA), Wake Forest (NCAA), Wyoming (NCAA), Drake (WNIT) and Fresno State (WNIT).
The season will open with an exhibition game against Midland University on Monday, Nov. 1. The Warriors are coached by former Nebraska Video Coordinator Shawn Gilbert, who enters his ninth season in Fremont.
The regular season will open vs the Maine Black Bears on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Tip time is expected to be at noon. Maine has made six consecutive appearances in the America East Championship Game, including a pair of wins to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Maine finished 17-3 overall, including a regular-season conference title, before falling in the league championship game to Stony Brook.
The Huskers will continue a busy first week of the season by tangling with Prairie View A&M on Thursday, Nov. 11, before facing Alabama A&M on Sunday, Nov. 14. Alabama A&M is coached by former Husker Margaret Richards.
The second week of the regular season tips off on Wednesday, Nov. 17 with the annual clash between the Huskers and Creighton, before Nebraska concludes its five-game home stand by taking on North Carolina Central on Saturday, Nov. 20.
The Big Red hit the road for the first time around the Thanksgiving holiday by traveling to California to face Drexel on Friday, Nov. 26, before taking on either the hosts from the University of San Diego or Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 27. Drexel will be the first of three Husker non-conference opponents to earn an NCAA Tournament berth last season. San Diego is coached by former Nebraska assistant coach Cindy Fisher, who enters her 17th season with the Toreros. Fresno State, which plays San Diego in the tournament’s other first-round matchup, earned a bid to the 2021 Postseason WNIT.
Following the Thanksgiving trip to the West Coast, the Huskers journey to the East Coast to complete their three-game road swing by battling Wake Forest in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The Demon Deacons claimed a berth in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Big Red open a three-game home stand by taking on Indiana State on Saturday, Dec. 11, before facing traditionally strong Drake on Sunday, Dec. 19. The Bulldogs advanced to the 2021 Postseason WNIT.
Nebraska wraps up non-conference play by colliding with Wyoming on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Cowgirls earned a trip to the 2021 NCAA Tournament after winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament title.
2021-22 Nebraska Women’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
- Nov. 1 (Monday) - vs. Midland (exhibition) - Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Nov. 9 (Tuesday) - vs. Maine - Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Nov. 11 (Thursday) - vs. Prairie View A&M - Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Nov. 14 (Sunday) - vs. Alabama A&M - Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Nov. 17 (Wednesday) - vs. Creighton - Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Nov. 20 (Saturday) - vs. North Carolina Central - Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Nov. 26 (Friday) - vs. Drexel - San Diego, Calif.
- Nov. 27 (Saturday) - vs. Fresno State or San Diego - San Diego, Calif.
- Dec. 1 (Wednesday) - at Wake Forest (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) - Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Dec. 11 (Saturday) - Indiana State - Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Dec. 19 (Sunday) - Drake - Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Dec. 22 (Wednesday) - Wyoming - Pinnacle Bank Arena
All tipoff times and TV/streaming channels will be announced at a later date.
Go Big Red!