The Nebraska women’s basketball team unveiled its full season schedule on Tuesday, including a 15-game home slate at Pinnacle Bank Arena that features nine Big Ten Conference contests.
Overall, Nebraska’s 29-game regular-season schedule will feature 18 games against teams that qualified for postseason play in 2018, including 12 games against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams.
During the offseason, the Huskers have approached nearly a 100 percent renewal rate among their 2017-18 season ticket holders, and tickets for potential new season ticket holders will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. (CT) through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED.
Single-game reserved tickets for Nebraska’s 15 home contests at Pinnacle Bank Arena (14 regular season plus one exhibition) will be $15 per game, but new reserved season tickets can be purchased for just $150 - a savings of $75 over the single-game reserved ticket price for the season. Season tickets are also $20 less overall than a year ago, so there has never been a better time to become a new Nebraska women’s basketball season ticket holder.
The Huskers, who posted the nation’s top turnaround in 2017-18 in their second season under Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year Amy Williams, return four starters and each of their top five scorers from a team that went 21-11 overall and tied for third in the final Big Ten regular-season standings at 11-5. Nebraska advanced to the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament and ranked among the nation’s top-25 teams in average home attendance for the ninth consecutive season, attracting nearly 4,400 fans per game to Pinnacle Bank Arena.
“We are very excited to announce our schedule for the upcoming season. We have compiled a challenging non-conference schedule which we feel will help prepare us for Big Ten play. Husker fans are the greatest fans in the country, and we will lean heavily on them this season to support our team as we attack this challenging schedule.”
Nebraska will be challenged early and often at home and away in 2018-19. After an exhibition game (Nov. 3) against a Nebraska-Kearney team that produced 21 victories in 2017-18, the Huskers will tip off the regular season at home against 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier and Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska won a dramatic double-overtime thriller over the Bulldogs in Des Moines last December, before Drake reeled off 21 consecutive victories to earn an NCAA Tournament bid.
The game against Drake will be the first of four games against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams during an 11-game non-conference schedule, which also includes a road trip to NCAA Women’s Final Four participant Louisville on Thursday, Nov. 29, as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Huskers will face another ACC foe on Friday, Nov. 23, when they compete at the Miami Thanksgiving Classic. The Hurricanes matched Nebraska’s 21-11 record last season and posted a 10-6 ACC mark before advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska will close its two-game stay in Miami by battling Radford on Sunday, Nov. 25. The Highlanders went 24-9 last season, including 15-3 to finish second in the Big South before advancing to the second round of the WNIT. In the WNIT first round, Radford knocked off Penn State.
Following the two games in Miami and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Louisville, the Huskers will play their fourth consecutive game against a 2018 postseason qualifier when they clash with Creighton at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha on Sunday, Dec. 2. The Jays finished with 19 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round last season.
The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena for their longest home stand of the season to face Kansas (Dec. 5), San Jose State (Dec. 8) and Denver (Dec. 15) before closing non-conference competition at Arkansas (Dec. 18).
After a break to celebrate the holidays, the Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday, Dec. 28 to tip off Big Ten regular-season play against Michigan. Nebraska’s first four games in the league will feature top-six finishers from the final 2018 Big Ten standings, including defending conference regular-season and tournament champion Ohio State in Columbus on Monday, Dec. 31.
The Huskers will stay on the road to battle Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, Jan. 3. The Hawkeyes tied Nebraska for third in last year’s final standings and joined the Huskers, Michigan and Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska will be back home to face 2018 Big Ten runner-up Maryland on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Terps, who handed the Huskers three of their 11 losses last season, will play Nebraska twice in the regular season again in 2018-19. The first game against Maryland starts a stretch of four home games in a five-game span for the Huskers, including a Sunday, Jan. 13 contest with Rutgers.
After a brief road trip to Illinois (Jan. 17), the Huskers will play 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Minnesota (Jan. 20) and Northwestern (Jan. 24) at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska reaches the halfway point of conference play at Wisconsin (Jan. 27), before playing the first of two games against Purdue (Jan. 31) in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers will complete the season series at Nebraska 11 days later (Feb. 10). The Huskers will host 2018 WNIT champion Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Feb. 3, before completing their season series at Michigan (Feb. 7). Nebraska completes its season series with Maryland one week later in College Park, Md., on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14).
Nebraska begins the final stretch of conference play against Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Feb. 17. After completing its two-game season series with Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. (Feb. 21), the Huskers will close regular-season home action against Iowa on Monday, Feb. 25. That game will represent Senior Night for Lincoln Pius X graduate Maddie Simon and 2018-19 graduate transfer Kristian Hudson.
The Huskers cap Big Ten regular-season play at Penn State on Saturday, March 2, before heading to the 2019 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, March 6-10.
The announcement of the NCAA Tournament field will be made on Monday, March 18. The NCAA first- and second-rounds will be held March 22-25 at 16 campus sites, before NCAA Regionals in Albany, N.Y., Chicago, Ill., Greensboro, N.C., and Portland, Ore. The NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., April 5-7.
Lincoln – Five weekend Big Ten home games, including the conference opener against Illinois, highlight Nebraska’s 2018-19 men’s basketball conference schedule released Tuesday afternoon. The five home games include a trio of Saturday matchups at Pinnacle Bank Arena, as the Huskers will host conference games against Ohio State (Jan. 26), Northwestern (Feb. 16) and Purdue (Feb. 23). Nebraska’s two Sunday games bookend the Big Ten slate with a tilt against Illinois on Sunday, December 2, and a Senior Day matchup against Iowa on Sunday, March 10. The 20-game slate begins with a pair of conference matchups the first week of December, the game against Illinois and a trip to Minnesota on Wednesday Dec. 5.
Following non-conference action, the Huskers open 2019 on the road, traveling to Maryland (Jan. 2) and Iowa (Jan. 6) before returning home to host Penn State on Jan. 10. The rest of the January slate features home matchups against defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State (Jan. 17), Ohio State (Jan. 26) and Wisconsin (Jan. 29) along with road trips to both Indiana (Jan. 14) and Rutgers (Jan. 21). The second half of the Big Ten schedule opens with a rematch at Illinois on Feb. 2 before returning home for three of their next four contests, including games with Maryland (Feb. 6), Minnesota (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 16). The only road game in that run is a matchup at Purdue on Feb. 9, the first of two matchups with the Boilermakers in a 15-day span. The homestretch features four straight games against postseason qualifiers, including road trips to NIT champion Penn State (Feb. 19), NCAA runner-up Michigan (Feb. 28) and a rematch with Michigan State (March 5) along with hosting Purdue on Feb. 23. NU’s game with Iowa on March 10 is on the final day of the regular season before the Big Ten Tournament returns to the United Center in Chicago from March 13-17. Start times and television information for all Big Ten games and non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date. All of the Huskers’ Big Ten games, as well as the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, will be televised by one of the conference television partners, as the Big Ten has contracts with FOX Sports (Fox and FS1), ESPN (ESPN and ESPN2), CBS as well as BTN. Season tickets for the 2018-19 season, if any remain after the seat yourself process currently underway, will go on sale next Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED. The 18-game home slate includes 10 Big Ten games, as well as non-conference matchups with Seton Hall and Creighton.
Three games of Nebraska’s 2019 schedule have been set, as the matchups for the Frisco College Baseball Classic presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the STAR were announced on Monday. The third edition of the Frisco Classic is slated for March 1-3, 2019 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, home of the Frisco RoughRiders. Each day will feature two games, with each of the four teams playing three games during the weekend. Nebraska is joined by 2018 College World Series participants Texas Tech and Mississippi State, as well as Southland regular-season conference champion Sam Houston State for the 2019 Frisco Classic. The Huskers open on Friday, March 1 against the Red Raiders at 7 p.m. (CT). NU leads the all-time series against its former conference foe, 31-21. Texas Tech advanced through Regionals and Super Regionals at home last season before going 1-2 at the CWS in Omaha, Neb. The Red Raiders went 45-20 overall in 2018. Nebraska squares off against Sam Houston State on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. (CT). The Bearkats lead the all-time series against the Big Red by a 5-1 margin. In 2018, Sam Houston State went 39-20 overall with a 24-6 record in conference play en route to capturing the Southland Conference title. The Bearkats went 1-2 at the conference tournament to fall short of an NCAA Tournament bid. NU wraps up its trip to Frisco by facing Mississippi State on Sunday, March 3 at 11 a.m. (CT). The Bulldogs lead the all-time series against the Huskers, 2-0. Mississippi State, who went 39-29 last season, advanced through the Tallahassee Regional before taking 2-of-3 at Vanderbilt in the Super Regionals. At the College World Series, the Bulldogs went 2-2, losing both games to eventual champion Oregon State. Nebraska will be making its second appearance in the event after playing in the inaugural edition in 2017. The 2017 version featured Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Arizona. Television and streaming information for the 2019 Frisco Classic will be announced at a later date. Advanced tickets for the 2019 Frisco Classic are available at friscoclassic.com/tickets.
Nebraska’s 2019 Frisco College Baseball Classic Schedule
Friday, March 1: Texas Tech vs. Nebraska – 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: Nebraska vs. Sam Houston State – 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 3: Nebraska vs. Mississippi State – 11 a.m.
Note: the home team is listed second
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Monday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media following practice to discuss the defense's progress and depth with less than two weeks until the season opener against Akron. "I would still say the deepest [position group] is probably the D-line," Chinander said. "I think we feel good about the linebackers and where we are at, but I think another deep position with the addition of some young guys and transfers is going to be the defensive backfield." When asked when the team would be ready to name the starters on defense, Chinander explained that the coaches already have a general idea of who is going to be getting the majority of snaps. "After the last scrimmage I think we got it figured out who the 1s and 2s are," Chinander said. "There are still a few position battles that are probably going to go down to the wire. If we had to name a depth chart today, we could.” Monday marked the first day of the fall semester on campus and Chinander said the players having to balance classes and practice should not be much of an adjustment. "The thing about this camp compared to others is there are no more two-a-days," Chinander said. "It's kind of a seamless transition. Now we have to change the schedule a little bit. We don't have as much meeting time in the afternoon so we have to condense that in the walkthrough. This week is going to seem almost like camp to the guys with the addition of class. Thursday and Friday, that's when they will start transitioning into scout team and getting ready for the first game." Chinander also discussed the importance of veterans stepping up and taking the newcomers under their wing in order to help them find success early on. "We tell the veterans 'If you're a real guy, our job is to replace you in recruiting,'" Chinander said. "But if you're a real guy, you are going to teach somebody to take your job and know that he can't do it. So I expect those guys to really do a nice job of helping bring those young guys along just like they did in the summer with the incoming freshman transfers. I think they've kind of grasped that concept a little bit." The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Tuesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball team held its annual Red/White Scrimmage in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,965 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. The Red team won the match, 2-1 (25-19, 25-17, 20-25). The Red team had a balanced attack, as seven players combined for 33 kills with no one posting more than seven. Mikaela Foecke led the way with seven kills, and Lauren Stivrins and Sami Slaughter each had six. Jazz Sweet and Callie Schwarzenbach posted five kills each with Schwarzenbach adding a team-high five blocks. Setter Nicklin Hames paced the offense with 26 assists, three kills and three aces to go with her team-high 11 digs. Libero Kenzie Maloney added eight digs. Capri Davis had nine kills and three blocks to lead the White team. Former Huskers Kadie and Amber Rolfzen played for the White squad. Kadie Rolfzen had 10 kills and 11 digs. Anezka Szabo posted five blocks with two kills. Mari Kurkova recorded 15 assists as the White team's setter for the first two sets, while Brooke Smith set the third set and put up seven assists to lead the White team to the third-set win. Hayley Densberger had eight digs, while Smith had seven. The White team also got six kills on .308 hitting from student manager Jake Roberts. The Red started strong with 25-19, 25-17 wins in the first two sets. The Red had a decisive advantage in hitting, .264 to -.028, at intermission. White answered back in the third and final set with a 25-20 victory. White outhit Red .161 to .079 in the final frame. The scrimmage was just part of the festivities at the Devaney Center on Saturday. Before the match, the Huskers' 2017 NCAA Championship banner was officially unveiled in the rafters. After the scrimmage, fans were treated to the first viewing of the 2017 NCAA Championship documentary, "Nebraska Volleyball: Culture of a Champion," produced by NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. The documentary will be televised on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) on NET and streamed at netnebraska.org. The second-ranked Huskers begin the regular season by hosting the VERT Challenge next Friday and Saturday. NU will face No. 7 Florida in a 2017 national title rematch on Friday at 6 p.m. The Huskers will battle No. 18 Oregon on Saturday at 6 p.m.
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The Nebraska football team practiced for just under two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice and was asked about last weekend’s scrimmage. "It went well," Walters said. "The guys went out and they competed. Offense beat the defense at times and then defense got the best of us, it's a good competition. We want to put the guys in game situation, coaches off the field and see how they react. I thought across the board on offense they did a good job." Walters was also asked about how the quarterback competition is shaping up after more than a week of fall camp. “They're all doing a good job,” Walters said of the quarterbacks. “This week we're going to evaluate them and then going into next week we'll make some decisions as we get closer to the game. All of those guys are competing and they all bring different elements to the table, and we've got to figure out which one leads the offense the best and that's going to be our guy." Walters also commended the work of the offensive line during fall camp and touched on the Huskers’ tight end unit.
"Jack (Stoll) has had a great fall camp," Walters said. "I'm excited about what he and Austin Allen are going to do. As a matter of fact, the tight ends probably played the best out of anyone in the scrimmage. They made some plays down the field in the pass game which is awesome. I think we've got tight ends that are good run blockers, so I'm excited about that group." As fall camp continues, Walters said the coaches want players to maintain focus and continue to improve. “This time in fall camp, the great players sustain,” Walters said. “The average players, you see a little dip in their production. Poor players, you see big dips. So, across the board we've got to maintain." Walters also noted that the offense has made a lot of improvement through the first week and a half of fall camp. "Across the board we've made progress, everyone is a lot better," he said. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
Nebraska volleyball senior co-captains Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney were named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team on Tuesday. The Huskers were also voted first by the league's head coaches in the preseason poll. Foecke, a 6-3 outside hitter, was one of seven unanimous selections to the preseason team. An AVCA second-team All-American and All-Big Ten selection in 2017, Foecke guided the Huskers to their second national championship in three years last season with a team-high 3.53 kills per set. The West Point, Iowa native collected her second Most Outstanding Player award at the NCAA Championships after 20 kills and 14 digs in the championship match against Florida. She became just the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years. Maloney, a 5-8 libero from Louisville, Kentucky, led the Huskers in digs last year with 3.62 per set and served a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament on her way to all-tournament team honors. Maloney played two of her best matches of the season at the final four, producing 21 digs, six assists and four aces in the semifinal against Penn State and 15 digs, two kills and an ace in the final against Florida. The Huskers, who have won back-to-back Big Ten titles, topped the preseason poll ahead of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State and Illinois. Michigan came in at No. 6, followed by Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers.
The 2018 Huskers will set out to become the first squad in NU history to reach three straight final fours and will be hunting for a third straight conference championship for the first time since 2006-08 in the Big 12. Nebraska hosts its annual Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, Huskers.com and the Huskers app.
2018 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Ali Bastianelli, ILL
JORDYN POULTER, ILL
Taylor Louis, IOWA
CARLY SKJODT, MICH
Alexis Hart, MINN
STEPHANIE SAMEDY, MINN
SAMANTHA SELIGER-SWENSON, MINN
MIKAELA FOECKE, NEB
Kenzie Maloney, NEB
Taylor Leath, PSU
Kendall White, PSU
SHERRIDAN ATKINSON, PUR
DANA RETTKE, WIS
Tionna Williams, WIS
UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN CAPS
2018 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
4. Penn State
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Tuesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media after practice, commenting on the play of the defense in the team’s recent scrimmage. “On our side of the ball, our plan was to play very basic stuff so everybody would have a chance to operate," Chinander said. "We were just evaluating technique, effort, communication and seeing who could tackle. For the most part it went pretty well, we have some things to clean up and some moves on the depth chart to make, but it was just a good evaluation tool for our coaches and our defense.” When prodded about the depth chart, Chinander elaborated that the coaches are evaluating what they have and thinking about how they can put their players in a position to be successful. “So far it’s been a pretty flowing depth chart," Chinander said. "We’ve been giving guys reps with the ones, twos and threes, whether they deserve them or not, just to see where they are at. That helps us evaluate each guy and see where they belong. Some of those guys, if they are with the twos and going against the twos, maybe they look better. Yesterday we were able to see guys who we thought were the ones go against the ones and see if they really should be there. I thought that was very important for us.” In terms of guys that have established themselves as starters, Chinander said that there are several players who have stood out in fall camp and they are working to get the ones and twos their reps to prepare them for the season opener. “We have another scrimmage on Friday, and I think that will help us solidify our depth chart on defense," he said. "We have a good idea who is going to be on the field but after that scrimmage we will be able to make some decisions and be able to tell you where guys are going to fall.” Chinander mentioned junior defensive lineman Carlos Davis as a standout in the scrimmage. He also praised the play of several members of his linebacker corps, including Mohammed Barry, Dedrick Young, Will Honas, Collin Miller and Luke Gifford. He also talked about bringing in former members of the Blackshirts to connect past Huskers with his defense. “I’ve said it before, I think the Blackshirts is the greatest tradition in college football. Coach McBride started it and we thought it was really important to embrace the past. The bar was set really high when the tradition started. We are not there yet, but we wanted our guys to get a taste of what that standard is and how you’re are supposed to act as a Blackshirt.” Former Huskers Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter came in last week to address the team. Chinander talked about the atmosphere when these two Blackshirts walked into the room. “It was an electric atmosphere and the way they were talking and describing things it felt like we were practicing," Chinander said. "It’s great for our kids to understand that it’s always on the line, whether we’re in the meeting room, lifting or stretching. You could tell when those guys were talking to us that it was on the line for them, and I think that was really cool for our kids to see. The next day we probably had our most impressive practice on defense and guys were flying around. I think that was a direct correlation to the talk that they gave to our defense.” The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Wednesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Friday outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads and helmets. Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media after practice and talked about how the first week of fall camp has been.
“It’s been good, I see so much improvement from spring until now,” Frost said. “The improvement from January until now, it’s amazing how far the guys have come. We still have a lot to improve on and a lot to get better at, but overall I think [fall] camp has been really good, and the players have given us a lot of effort.” Frost also commented on how his team’s physicality has improved compared to last season. “[Strength Coach] Zach Duval is as good as there is in the business, and he’s changed our team,” Frost said. “All you have to do is walk out on the field and look at each individual and see how much improvement they’ve made with their bodies, with their speed, with their strength. Along with that it’s got to be guys that are willing to fight.” Frost also talked about the late addition of running back Maurice Washington, and how he’s impressed the coaching staff in camp. “We’re glad to have him,” Frost said. “He had a long road to get here, but he’s had probably a dozen big plays, spectacular plays already in this camp. So, he’s definitely opening some eyes, and I think he’s got a bright future here. I’d say to this point he’s better than what I expected. It’s amazing, he hadn’t worked out much and was focused in academics. We didn’t know what we’d get, but he’s going to be a pretty special player. The Huskers return to the practice field on Saturday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.