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Nebraska Cornhuskers Women's Basketball
Nebraska Cornhuskers women's basketball
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
UniversityUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Head coachAmy Williams (4th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationLincoln, Nebraska
ArenaPinnacle Bank Arena
(Capacity: 15,500)
NicknameCornhuskers
ColorsScarlet and Cream[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Away


NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2010, 2013
NCAA Tournament Second round
1993, 1998, 2008, 2010, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1988, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
Conference Tournament Champions
2014
Conference Regular Season Champions
1988, 2010

The Nebraska Cornhuskers women's basketball team represents the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Big Ten Conference of NCAA Division I. The program became a varsity sport in 1975 and has since made 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Sweet Sixteen twice. NU's longest-tenured head coach was Connie Yori, who led the Cornhuskers to a record-breaking 32-2 season in 2009-10.

The team is currently coached by former player Amy Williams.

History

Early years

Nebraska's women's basketball program started as a club sport in 1970 and became a varsity sport five years later. In its first season, George Nicodemus led the team to a 22-9 record and the second round of the AIAW Tournament. NU cycled through five head coaches over the next 15 years, until Angela Beck was hired in 1986. In 1988, Beck led the Huskers to a Big Eight title and their first NCAA Tournament. Nebraska returned to the tournament two other times under Beck until she left the program in 1996. Paul Sanderford was hired to replace Beck and he took the Cornhuskers to the tournament in 1998, 1999, and 2000.

Connie Yori (2002-16)

When Sanderford resigned due to health concerns following the 2002 season, NU hired Connie Yori from Creighton to lead the program.[2] The Huskers struggled through Yori's first season, finishing 8-20 and last in the Big 12.[3] In Yori's second season, NU improved to 18-12 and was invited to play in the WNIT, the program's first postseason tournament since 2000. Yori coached the Huskers to the best season in school history in 2009-10. Led by national player of the year finalist Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska started 30-0 and finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the country, the highest ranking in school history. NU ended the year 32-2, reaching the Sweet Sixteen for the first time, and Yori was named national coach of the year. Nebraska joined the Big Ten the following season. Yori's program won the Big Ten Tournament in 2014.

Yori resigned in 2016 following an athletic department investigation into reports that she mistreated her players.[4] She left Nebraska as the program's all-time wins leader, coaching two AP All-Americans and 21 all-conference selections during her 14-year tenure.

Amy Williams (2016-present)

Following Yori's departure, Nebraska hired Amy Williams to lead the program. Williams, who played at NU from 1994 to 1998, began her head coaching career at NAIA Rogers State, starting the program from scratch.[5] She spent four years at South Dakota, guiding the Coyotes to two Summit League titles, an NCAA Tournament berth, and the 2016 WNIT championship. After a 7-22 debut season at NU, Williams led Nebraska to a 21-11 record in 2017-18. The Cornhuskers tied for third place in the Big Ten and Williams was named the conference's coach of the year.[6]

Coaches

Coaching history

No. Coach Tenure Overall Conference Accomplishments
1 Jan Callahan 1974-75 9-7 (.563)
2 George Nicodemus 1975-77 42-25 (.627) WNIT (1976)
3 Marcia Walker 1977-78 18-11 (.621)
4 Lorrie Gallagher 1978-80 46-30 (.605) AIAW Tournament (1979,1980)
5 Colleen Matsuhara 1980-83 46-44 (.711) 5-9 (.357) AIAW Tournament (1981)
6 Kelly Hill 1983-86 37-47 (.440) 15-27 (.357)
7 Angela Beck 1986-96 191-128 (.599) 80-76 (.513) NCAA Tournament (1988,1993,1996)
NWIT (1992)
Big Eight champion (1988)
8 Paul Sanderford 1997-2002 88-69 (.561) 37-43 (.463) NCAA Tournament (1998-2000)
9 Connie Yori 2002-16 280-166 (.628) 121-107 (.531) NCAA Tournament (2007,2008,2010,2012-15)
NWIT (2004-06,2009,2016)
Big 12 champion (2010)
Big Ten Tournament champion (2014)
10 Amy Williams 2016- 59-60 (.496) 30-38 (.441) NCAA Tournament (2018)

Coaching staff

Name Position First year Alma mater
Amy Williams Head coach 2016 Nebraska
Tom Goehle Assistant coach 2016 Augustana
Chuck Love Assistant coach 2016 Northwestern Oklahoma State
Tandem Mays Assistant coach 2016 Tulsa
Stuart Hart Strength coach 2017 Saint Leo

Pinnacle Bank Arena

The program plays its home games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, a $181 million multi-use facility completed in 2013. The arena, located in Lincoln's Haymarket District, has a listed capacity of 15,500 for basketball games.[7] The team has finished in the top 25 in average home attendance every year since moving to Pinnacle Bank Arena.[8] Prior to the opening of Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska's men's and women's basketball teams played their home games at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Players

Retired numbers

No. Player[9] Position Career Year retired
23 Kelsey Griffin F 2005-10 2014
30 Maurtice Ivy G 1984-88 2011
51 Karen Jennings F 1989-93 1994

Huskers in the WNBA

Season-by-season results

Conference champion Conference tournament champion
Year Coach Overall Conf. Standing Postseason
Independent (1974-1982)
1974-75 Jan Callahan 9-7
1975-76 George Nicodemus 21-9 NWIT Fifth Place
1976-77 21-16
1977-78 Marcia Walker 18-11
1978-79 Lorrie Gallagher 23-13 AIAW Regional
1979-80 23-17 AIAW Regional
1980-81 Colleen Matsuhara 18-13 AIAW Regional
1981-82 14-17
Big Eight Conference (1982-1996)
1982-83 Colleen Matsuhara 14-14 5-9 5th
1983-84 Kelly Hill 16-12 6-8 6th
1984-85 10-18 5-9 6th
1985-86 11-17 4-10 4th
1986-87 Angela Beck 16-13 8-6 4th
1987-88 22-7 11-3 1st NCAA Second Round
1988-89 14-14 5-9 7th
1989-90 10-18 2-12 T-7th
1990-91 17-11 8-6 3rd
1991-92 21-11 9-5 3rd NWIT Fourth Place
1992-93 23-8 10-4 2nd NCAA Second Round
1993-94 17-13 7-7 4th
1994-95 13-14 4-10 7th
1995-96 19-10 8-6 T-3rd NCAA First Round
Big 12 Conference (1996-2011)
1996-97 Angela Beck 19-9 8-8 6th
1997-98 Paul Sanderford 23-10 11-5 T-3rd NCAA Second Round
1998-99 21-12 8-8 T-5th NCAA First Round
1999-00 18-13 10-6 5th NCAA First Round
2000-01 12-18 4-12 10th
2001-02 14-16 4-12 11th
2002-03 Connie Yori 8-20 1-15 12th
2003-04 18-12 7-9 T-7th WNIT Sixteen
2004-05 18-14 8-8 T-6th WNIT Sixteen
2005-06 19-13 8-8 T-6th WNIT Quarterfinals
2006-07 22-10 10-6 T-4th NCAA First Round
2007-08 21-12 9-7 6th NCAA Second Round
2008-09 15-16 6-10 T-7th WNIT First Round
2009-10 32-2 16-0 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010-11 13-18 3-13 12th
Big Ten Conference (2011-present)
2011-12 Connie Yori 24-9 10-6 6th NCAA First Round
2012-13 25-9 12-4 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2013-14 26-7 12-4 3rd NCAA Second Round
2014-15 21-11 10-8 7th NCAA First Round
2015-16 18-13 9-9 T-7th WNIT First Round
2016-17 Amy Williams 7-22 3-13 T-11th
2017-18 21-11 11-5 T-3rd NCAA First Round
2018-19 14-16 9-9 T-6rd
2019-20 17-13 7-11 10th Canceled

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References

  1. ^ The Power of Color (PDF). Nebraska Athletics Brand Guide. July 1, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "NU women's baseketball coach resigns". dailynebraskan.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Connie Yori". Huskers.com. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Star, Brian Rosenthal | Lincoln Journal Star, Brent Wagner | Lincoln Journal. "Yori out as Nebraska women's basketball coach". JournalStar.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=210881343
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Pinnacle Bank Arena :: History". www.pinnaclebankarena.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Women's Basketball Attendance". Retrieved .
  9. ^ Nebraska Women's Basketball History
  10. ^ "Huskers in the WNBA". Huskers.com. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Media Guide". University of Nebraska. Retrieved 2013.

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