No postseason play for the Husker women, but the future still looks bright for a team as young as Nebraska
They say it is hard to beat a team three times in a single season. That adage proved true as the #6 Huskers met #12 seed Purdue in the second round of the Big Ten conference tournament. After two regular season victories against the Boilermakers, the Huskers fell 75-71 in a game they needed to win to keep any hope of an WNIT at-large bid alive. With a sub-.500 record, the Huskers have packed up and headed into the offseason. Nebraska ended 14-16 overall and tied for sixth in the 14-team Big Ten Conference with a 9-9 record.
After a 2017-18 season that saw Nebraska finish #3 in the conference and with a first-round NCAA tournament loss, it seemed like the Huskers had a lot of momentum going into this season. They returned their top five scorers and brought in a Top-20 ranked freshman class. Unfortunately, a tough non-conference schedule and the growing pains that go with having six of eleven players being underclassmen made for a slow start. By the midway point of the season, two more upperclassmen were either out or severely limited due to injury leaving six of nine who played significant minutes as freshman or sophomores.
The Huskers went 5-6 in non-conference play with losses to ranked Miami and Louisville and to a Drake team that is currently ranked. The Huskers have also yet to beat Creighton in Amy Williams’ tenure. The Huskers were 8-6 at home, 5-9 on the road and 1-1 on neutral courts. In conference play, the Huskers fell to ranked teams Maryland (twice), Iowa (twice) and Rutgers while beating ranked Minnesota and Michigan State.