Nebraska and Cincinnati have changed the date and location of the schools’ 2025 football game and added a future game in Lincoln. Nebraska has made an additional change to its 2025 non-conference schedule to accommodate the move of the contest against Cincinnati.

The Huskers and Bearcats will square off on Aug. 30, 2025, in a neutral-site matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The game at the home of the Indianapolis Colts and the site of the Big Ten Championship Game, will be the season opener for both teams. Cincinnati will be the home team for the game and will coordinate game operations. Nebraska and Cincinnati had been scheduled to play on Sept. 13, 2025, at UC’s Nippert Stadium. 

The original first game in the two-game series with the Bearcats was canceled in 2020, when the Big Ten Conference elected to play a conference-only schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a replacement for the 2020 game in Lincoln, the Bearcats will now visit Memorial Stadium on Sept. 11, 2032.

“We are pleased to finalize our two-game series with the University of Cincinnati,” Nebraska Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Trev Alberts said. “We appreciate Cincinnati working with us to find a creative way for our schools to play in a great venue. Indianapolis is one of the best cities in the country for hosting big events, and I think our fans will enjoy this trip to kick off the 2025 season.”

Nebraska and Cincinnati have met just once previously, with Nebraska posting a 41-0 victory in 1906.

Nebraska also announced that it will play host to Houston Christian at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 13, 2025. The Huskies are a member of the Football Championship Subdivision’s Southland Conference, and the school is formerly known as Houston Baptist. With the addition of the matchup with Houston Christian, Nebraska will no longer play Louisiana-Monroe in 2025. The teams were scheduled to meet on Oct. 18, 2025.

HUSKERS BACK AT HOME AGAINST MARYLAND, RUTGERS

MATCH PREVIEW
• The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team begins the second half of the Big Ten slate with back-to-back home matches this weekend. The Huskers host Maryland on Friday at 7 p.m. and Rutgers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Friday’s match against Maryland is Nebraska’s annual “Pink Match” sponsored by CHI Health. 
• Neither match this weekend will be televised. Both will be streamed on B1G+ (subscription required). 
• The Huskers Radio Network will broadcast all the action on their radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha on Friday, and 105.9 FM in Omaha on Saturday. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. 
• An in-house radio broadcast at the Devaney Center can be heard on 87.7 FM. 
• John Baylor is in his 30th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-American setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

ABOUT THE HUSKERS
• Nebraska (19-0, 10-0 Big Ten) is off to its best start to a season since beginning the 2008 season with a 20-0 record. Prior to that, the Huskers began the 2006 season with a 23-0 record and the 2005 season with a 28-0 record.  
• The Huskers, who led the nation in defense in 2022, have held their opponents this season to a combined .130 hitting percentage, which ranks second nationally behind Pittsburgh (.128).  
• Nebraska has been sharp offensively this season, hitting .282 to rank 14th nationally and second in the Big Ten. 
• Two-time All-American and All-Big Ten libero Lexi Rodriguez paces the Husker defense with 3.54 digs per set. 
• Junior opposite hitter Merritt Beason, a Florida transfer, contributes a team-leading 3.64 kills per set and adds 2.00 digs per set with a team-high 18 service aces. Beason is a three-time Big Ten Player of the Week this season and was the AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 24 following 21 kills in a 3-2 win over No. 1 Wisconsin. 
• Freshman outside hitter Harper Murray is averaging 3.36 kills per set and 1.97 digs per set with a team-high 18 service aces. Murray has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times this season. 
• Junior outside hitter Lindsay Krause adds 2.50 kills per set and has a .366 hitting percentage since the Sept. 29 win at Purdue. 
• Sophomore middle blocker Bekka Allick leads the Huskers at the net with 1.30 blocks per set to go with 1.58 kills per set. 
• Freshman middle blocker Andi Jackson is off to a strong start as a Husker, averaging 2.14 kills per set on a team-high .393 hitting percentage, which ranks second among Big Ten players. Jackson is also contributing 1.13 blocks per set. 
• Freshman setter Bergen Reilly is putting up 10.45 assists and 2.52 digs per set. Reilly, who leads all Big Ten players in assists per set, became just the second true freshman setter to be a day one starter under John Cook (Nicklin Hames). Reilly has been named Big Ten Setter of the Week twice this year and leads the conference in assists per set. 
• From Sept. 12-Sept. 29, Nebraska played five straight ranked teams and won all five matches. It was the sixth time in school history Nebraska played five matches in a row against ranked teams but the first time NU won all five. 
• The Huskers went undefeated in non-conference play for the first time since 2016 and just the second time since 2008.

SCOUTING REPORT: MARYLAND
• Maryland (14-8, 4-6 Big Ten) snapped a four-match losing skid with a 3-1 win over Iowa on Saturday. 
• Sam Csire leads the Terrapins with 2.85 kills per set and adds 2.07 digs per set.
• Libero Lilly Gunter averages 3.75 digs per set and has a team-best 25 service aces.  
• Maryland is hitting .222 this season and allowing opponents to hit .198. 

SCOUTING REPORT: RUTGERS
• Rutgers (9-11, 1-9 Big Ten) has lost four Big Ten matches in a row entering a match at Iowa on Friday night. The Scarlet Knights’ lone Big Ten win was a 3-1 upset over then-No. 16 Minnesota on Oct. 7, the program’s first win over a ranked opponent. 
• Alissa Kinkela leads Rutgers with 3.07 kills per set. Tina Grkovic contributes 2.20 kills per set and is hitting .342 with a team-high 20 service aces. 
• As a team, the Scarlet Knights are hitting .209 this season and have an opponent hitting percentage of .205. 

SERIES HISTORY
• Nebraska is 18-0 all-time against Maryland. The teams played twice last year with Nebraska winning 3-1 at Maryland on Oct. 2 and 3-0 at home on Oct. 29. 
• Nebraska is 12-1 all-time against Rutgers and has won the last 12 meetings since Rutgers’ lone win in 1978. Nebraska won the only match between the teams last year on Sept. 30, 3-0. Rutgers has not played in Lincoln since 2019. The Scarlet Knights were scheduled to play in Lincoln on Nov. 20, 2021, but forfeited due to COVID-19. 

HUSKERS RANKED NO. 1 IN AVCA COACHES POLL
• Nebraska is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• Nebraska has been ranked No. 1 in 103 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history. 
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 552 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 613 AVCA Coaches Polls it has been eligible for since it was established in 1982. Nebraska is the only program to be ranked in every eligible poll all-time.
• Nebraska’s 613 consecutive weeks of being ranked is the longest active streak in Division I for any sport, leading Connecticut women’s basketball and North Carolina women’s soccer.

AVCA HALL OF FAMER JOHN COOK IN 24TH SEASON AT NEBRASKA
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 24th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2023. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, 10 final fours, 12 conference championships and 21 top-10 final rankings since 2000. 
• Cook has 836 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history. Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .873 win percentage (675-98). 
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 64 AVCA All-Americans and 20 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook is one of only two active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall. 

HUSKER VOLLEYBALL SETS ATTENDANCE RECORDS
• It was a record-breaking night at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 30 when Nebraska hosted Omaha in an outdoor volleyball match. The attendance of 92,003 set a record for the largest crowd to watch a women’s sporting event in the United States. The crowd of more than 92,000 also surpassed what is widely regarded as the world-record attendance for any women’s sporting event.
• The previously recognized world record was 91,648 fans in an UEFA Champions League match between Barcelona and Wolfsburg on April 22, 2022, at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. The previous record for an American women’s sporting event was 90,185 in USA’s FIFA World Cup Final against China on July 10, 1999, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
• Along with the two records mentioned above, the Huskers shattered a pair of NCAA records, exceeding the previous records for any NCAA volleyball match and an NCAA volleyball regular-season match. 
• Entering the match, the largest-ever crowd for any NCAA volleyball match was 18,755 when Nebraska played Wisconsin in the NCAA Final at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 18, 2021. The largest NCAA volleyball regular-season attendance was 16,833 when Wisconsin hosted Florida at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., on Sept 16, 2022.
• The Husker volleyball program has sold out 314 consecutive regular-season matches entering this week. Nebraska’s sellout streak is an NCAA women’s record. The Huskers have led the nation in attendance every season since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013.
• Nine of the top 11 crowds in NCAA volleyball history are matches that have involved the Huskers. 
• Of the 16 largest NCAA volleyball regular-season crowds, 14 have been Nebraska matches.
• On Oct. 21, Nebraska broke its Devaney Center attendance record since the arena was reconfigured for volleyball in 2013. A crowd of 9,198 turned out to see a five-set thriller betwen undefeated No. 1 Wisconsin and undefeated No. 2 Nebraska. Over the summer, 402 seats were added to the Devaney Center, increasing the seating capacity to 8,309. 

2022 SEASON RECAP
• Nebraska is coming off a 26-6 (16-4 Big Ten) season and second-place finish in the Big Ten. The Huskers advanced to an NCAA regional semifinal, where they lost to Oregon in five sets. NU ended the year at No. 9 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, its 11th straight year finishing in the top 10 of the AVCA poll. 
• Nebraska had a nation-leading opponent hitting percentage of .128 in 2022. Junior libero and co-captain Lexi Rodriguez is back to lead the Huskers defensively once again. Rodriguez is a two-time AVCA All-American and All-Big Ten selection. 
• Sophomore middle blocker Bekka Allick was named to the AVCA All-Region Team in 2022 after finishing her first season as a Husker with 1.89 kills per set, 1.01 blocks per set and a team-high .326 hitting percentage. Allick was an All-Big Ten Second Team and a unanimous All-Big Ten Freshman Team member. 
• Junior opposite hitter Merritt Beason was an All-SEC and AVCA All-Region selection as a sophomore at Florida in 2022 before transferring to Nebraska and being named a team captain for the 2023 season. In her sophomore season at Florida, Beason helped the Gators win a share of the SEC Championship by averaging 3.35 kills per set with a .261 hitting percentage.
• Junior outside hitter Lindsay Krause averaged 2.25 kills per set with a .269 hitting percentage and totaled 44 blocks and 45 digs last season. Over the final 12 matches of the season, Krause averaged 2.72 kills per set with a .359 hitting percentage. 
• Ally Batenhorst posted 2.33 kills per set to go with 1.06 digs per set in 2022. The junior outside hitter was named to the Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team after 15 kills and 12 digs against No. 9 Oregon in the NCAA regional semifinal. 

2023-24 HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON PREVIEW

For Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg, the Huskers’ strong finish has built momentum heading into the 2023-24 campaign. Despite losing a pair of starters to season-ending injuries in a two-week span, Nebraska closed Big Ten play winning six of its last eight conference games to post its best conference mark since 2018. Many of those pieces are back this season to help Nebraska make a push for postseason play.

The contingent is led by All-Big Ten guard Keisei Tominaga, who was one of the Big Ten’s top scorers during the second half of the season. Tominaga averaged 17.4 points per game after moving into the starting lineup for good in mid-January. Tominaga decided to return to Nebraska after going through the draft process, and then put together an outstanding summer in helping Japan qualify for the 2024 Olympics. 

While Tominaga is the centerpiece of NU’s offense, the Huskers return three other players who made at least 12 starts last season in C.J. Wilcher, Juwan Gary and Jamarques Lawrence and a total of seven letterwinners.  It marks the first time in Hoiberg’s five seasons that Nebraska has returned at least 50 percent of the team’s scoring. 

Wilcher is in his third season at Nebraska and has been among the team’s top 3-point shooters the last two seasons. Gary, who missed NU’s final 15 games following shoulder surgery, is a tenacious defender and rebounder who gives the Huskers flexibility on the defensive end. Lawrence moved into the starting lineup for the final 12 games and gave the Huskers another offensive threat. Lawrence averaged nearly nine points per game in that stretch while the Huskers shot nearly 50 percent from the field as a team. Nebraska also returns a pair of rotation players in Sam Hoiberg and Blaise Keita, as both players played significant roles late in the season. Ramel Lloyd Jr. and Cale Jacobsen both redshirted last season and could factor into the Huskers rotation. 

Nebraska also welcomes a seven-member recruiting class, which includes five transfers. The group of Josiah Allick, Jarron Coleman, Rienk Mast, Brice Williams and Ahron Ulis has combined for more than 4,300 points, 2,100 rebounds and 800 assists at the college level. That group features a trio of all-conference performers in Mast, Williams and Coleman, while Allick ranked second in the Mountain West in rebounding a year ago. 

“I think we had a lot of momentum going into the summer and that helped us get some of the high-level transfers we added,” Hoiberg said.

NU also adds a pair of freshmen in Eli Rice and Matar Diop. Rice was one of NU’s leading scorers on the Spain trip, while Diop gives the Huskers size and athleticism in the frontcourt. 

After being limited by injuries last season, the Huskers have the potential to be the deepest they have been during Hoiberg’s tenure. That will allow the Huskers the flexibility to match up with different opponents throughout the season. 

“We are going to have the opportunity to have versatility and play a lot of different lineups,” Hoiberg said. “We can play small, and we can certainly play big. Rienk played the three for his national team over the summer. So the versatility, the size and the depth is something. It makes for very competitive practices.”

One point of emphasis throughout the offseason has been to continue to build a culture so the team can withstand the highs and lows during the season. Hoiberg has seen that effort throughout the summer and on the trip to Spain and now as the season gets closer.

NU HEADS TO LOS ANGELES FOR 66TH ITA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Nebraska men’s tennis team is headed to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in the 66th Annual ITA Men’s Intercollegiate Championships, Oct. 26-29. Four Huskers are set to compete, Rudi Christiansen, Anton Shepp, Nikolay Sysoev and Nic Wiedenhorn.

Christiansen enters the tournament coming off a strong start to his senior season. Christiansen competed in his first fall matches of the season this past week in Stillwater. The senior played both singles and doubles, picking up three singles wins and two doubles wins. This season is Christiansen’s second at NU, after playing his first two seasons at Alabama. Last fall season, Christiansen went 7-3 in singles.

Shepp heads to Los Angeles after finding success on the doubles court in Stillwater with senior Wiedenhorn. The pair reached the ITA Regional Semifinals, tallying three wins as a duo. The SoCal Intercollegiate tournament will be Shepp’s third with NU this fall. This is Shepp’s first season with the Big Red, but the junior transfer is proving to be a fall tournament go-to.

Sysoev also competed in Stillwater, where he took one win in each singles and doubles. The sophomore transferred to NU this season, after spending his rookie year at New Mexico. With the Lobos, Sysoev picked up seven singles wins in spring competition and helped claim a team conference championship.

Wiedenhorn enters the tournament coming off his doubles success in Stillwater with Shepp. The Intercollegiate Championships will be the senior’s second tournament of this fall season, traveling to Los Angeles with three doubles wins and one singles win already under his belt. The 2022-23 season was Wiedenhorn’s best yet with NU, posting an 8-4 singles record.

ITA Regional Championship Draws can be found here.

Stay tuned to the ITA tournament website and Nebraska Men’s Tennis social channels to keep up with Intercollegiate Championship updates and content.

HUSKERS HEAD TO TUSCALOOSA FOR ROBERTA ALISON FALL CLASSIC

The Nebraska women’s tennis team continues its fall season in Alabama at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic, Oct. 27-28. Action is slated to begin at 9 a.m. (CT) and will be streamed on Track.Tennis. 

Alabama will be the host for the tournament, which will feature Southern Alabama, Tulane, Samford, Troy, Clemson, LSU, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Auburn, East Tennessee State University, Michigan State and Tennessee-Chattanooga. 

Graduate Maja Pietrowicz, seniors Isabel Adrover Gallego, Raphëalle Lacasse and Anfisa Danilchenko, juniors Lucy Loy, Jillian Roa and Ana Zamburek, and freshman Maria Taranova will all be competing. To start the fall season, the Huskers are led by Taranova with a 7-2 record in singles and Adrover Gallego and Lacasse lead Nebraska with a 9-6 doubles mark. 

On Nov. 1-5, the doubles duo of Adrover Gallego and Lacasse are hopeful qualifiers for ITA Nationals being held at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. The pair looks to be selected after their impressive run to the semifinals of ITA Regionals. 

TANKO EARNS BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARD

Nebraska swimmer Beatrix Tanko was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

In her first home dual of the season on Friday, Tanko showed her versatility, claiming the 50 freestyle (24.22) and 500 freestyle (5:06.84) crowns. In the 500 freestyle, Tanko hit the wall an entire seven seconds before the next finisher. The freshman from Budapest, Hungary added solid relay contributions in the winning 200 medley relay (1:46.25) and 200 freestyle relay (1:36.27). Tanko's four victories helped Nebraska to a 195-96 team win over South Dakota State. A week prior, Tanko earned the 100 butterfly win at the Iowa State dual.

The last time Nebraska swimming and diving earned a conference weekly award was on Dec. 14, 2021, when they claimed all three honors for the week (Swimmer of the Week, Diver of the Week, Freshman of the Week).

Next, the Huskers host Kansas on Friday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Devaney Natatorium.

HUSKERS CAP FALL AT LANDFALL TRADITION

The Nebraska women’s golf team closes its 2023 fall campaign by competing in an outstanding field at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C., Oct. 27-29.

The 54-hole tournament at the Country Club of Landfall begins with first-round tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. (CT) on Friday, Oct. 27. The second gets underway with tee times on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. (CT), before the tournament concludes with Sunday’s final-round shotgun start at 7:45 a.m. (CT).

Live scoring for UNC Wilmington’s tournament will be available through Golfstat.com.

The Huskers will be part of a large and loaded field on the par-72, 6,194-yard layout of the Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall. The 18-team field features 14 teams that qualified for 2023 NCAA Regional competition, including Nebraska along with Alabama, Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Furman, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, NC State, Purdue, SMU, Tennessee and UCF. Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Michigan State and Virginia all advanced to the 30-team field at the 2023 NCAA Championships. 

The Huskers will be trying to close the fall season strong following three straight top-six finishes to open the season. Nebraska is coming off a fifth-place finish in a 14-team field at the Dale McNamara Invitational in Broken Arrow, Okla. (Oct. 9-10). 

Sophomore Kelli Ann Strand led the Big Red with a runner-up finish at 206 (-10) over three rounds. She added Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week honors (Oct. 11).

Strand will be playing out of the top spot in Nebraska’s lineup in North Carolina, followed by junior Miu Takahashi, junior Lena Hassert, senior Michaela Vavrova and freshman Arden Louchheim.

Those five Huskers have made up the top five in the lineup in each of Nebraska’s four fall events. Strand (Challis, Idaho) leads the Huskers with a school-record pace 71.11 stroke average over nine rounds, while Vavrova (Bojnice, Slovakia) has added a career-best 71.89 average.

Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, North Carolina
UNC Wilmington
Country Club of Landfall-Dye Course (Par 72/6,194 Yards)

Tournament Schedule
Friday, Oct. 27 (Round 1) - 7:30 a.m. (CT) (Tee Times)
Saturday, Oct. 28 (Round 2) - 7:30 a.m. (CT) (Tee Times)
Sunday, Oct. 29 (Round 3) - 7:45 a.m. (CT) (Shotgun)

HUSKERS TAKE ON BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nebraska cross country is set for the 2023 Big Ten Championships, hosted in Madison, Wis. on Friday, Oct. 27. Action starts on the Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course at 10:45 a.m. (CT) with the men’s 8K, followed by the women’s 6K at 11:45 a.m. (CT).
 
Both races can be streamed live on B1G+ and live results will be available on PT Timing. The Nebraska women enter Friday's race ranked fourth in the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Poll.
 
Last Time Out
The Husker women are coming off a strong performance at the Platte River Rumble, where they claimed their third team title of the season. Nebraska’s first seven finishers earned spots in the top 15 and closed the meet with 27 team points. Berlyn Schutz led the pack, crossing the line first in 20:47.64. The freshman from Lincoln has won three meets this season and has been NU’s first finisher in all four meets. Ali Bainbridge, another dominant freshman, finished second at Mahoney State Park with a time of 21:04.16. Hannah Godwin (21:39.62), Taya Skelton (21:50.98)  and Emma Ralston (22:12.17) provided three consecutive finishes for the Big Red, placing 7-8-9. Hayley Trotter clocked a 22:31.10 to place 14th and Lindsey Blehm took 15th with a 22:33.87.

For the men, Trevor Acton took fifth with a time of 24:42.8. Sam Kirchner (24:49.0) and Cal Puskar (24:54.2) crossed the line next for NU, finishing seventh and 11th. Jerry Jorgenson ran a 25:16.6 to place 22nd, Grant Wasserman clocked a 25:31.0 to take 26th and Colby Erdkamp finished 28th with a time of 25:31.8. The team finished second with 64 points.
 
Numbers to Know
6 – The top finish by a female Husker at the Big Ten Championships (Erika Freyhof, 2020)
7 – The best team finish for the Husker women at the Big Ten Championships (2011)
1 – The best finish by a Nebraska male runner at the Big Ten Championships (George Kusche, 2020)
5 – The highest team finish for the Nebraska men at the Big Ten Championships (2020)
 
Big Ten Championships
Host: Wisconsin
Date: Friday, Oct. 27
Participating Teams: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Course: Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course
Course Map: Big Ten XC Championships Course Map
Starting Times: Men – 10:45 a.m. | Women – 11:45 a.m.
Watch: B1G+
Timing & Results: PT Timing

NO. 3 HUSKERS TO FACE NO. 1 WVU AND NO. 2 TCU THIS WEEKEND

The No. 3 Nebraska rifle team travels to Fort Worth, Texas, this weekend to take on the No. 1 West Virginia Mountaineers and the No. 2 TCU Horned Frogs. NU will face both teams on Saturday, Oct. 28 and will have a dual with WVU on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Both days will start at 8 a.m. and fans can follow along with results here

“The athletes utilized their two-week break from competitions well,” Nebraska Head Coach Mindy Miles said. “TCU and WVU are very strong competitors, and I want to see the team’s competitiveness show this weekend.”

In their last dual on Oct. 15, the Huskers defeated No. 6 Air Force by a score of 4,728-4,716. Nebraska’s score was a program high, topping the record of 4,726 set last year against Alaska-Fairbanks. The team’s air rifle score of 2,384 was also a NU best, eclipsing the previous mark of 2,381, which was set last year against Alaska-Fairbanks.

The Huskers also set numerous personal bests against the Falcons. Sophomore Tori Watts placed second overall with a career-high aggregate score of 1,185. Sophomore Emma Rhode was first with a 1,186 and senior Cecelia Ossi finished third with a 1,183. 

In the air rifle, Ossi and Rhode both shot 597s, which ties the second-highest score in program history. They tied for first in the event. Junior Mackenzie Strauch shot a personal-best 593 in the discipline to place eighth.

Watts earned a first-place finish in the smallbore with a career-best 590, her first career victory in the event. Rhode placed second with a 589, and Ossi was fourth with a 586.

The Horned Frogs have grabbed wins against No. 6 Air Force, No. 9 Georgia Southern, No. 13 Navy and No. 20 VMI. They average a team aggregate score of 4,735.67. Nebraska is 4-22-1 all-time against TCU. The last time the two teams met was on Jan. 21 last season, when the Horned Frogs bested NU 4,744-4,710 in Lincoln. As a collegiate athlete, Miles competed at TCU.

The Mountaineers have defeated No. 8 Ole Miss, No 11. Memphis and No. 12 Akron so far this season and their team aggregate average is 4,745.67. The Huskers are 7-41 against West Virginia all-time. The two teams last met at the 2021 NCAA Championships, where WVU defeated NU 4,704-4,676.

The Mountaineers finished in fifth at last year’s NCAA Championships, while the Horned Frogs earned the silver medal. Nebraska placed sixth.

Following this weekend’s matches, the Huskers will travel to Charleston, S.C., to take on The Citadel on Saturday, Nov. 4.

HARDY TAKES BRONZE AT U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tirana, Albania - All-American Nebraska wrestler Brock Hardy earned the freestyle bronze medal at 65 kg at the 2023 U23 World Championships after posting a 4-1 record.

Hardy dominated his first two matches, defeating Puerto Rico’s Samuel Eddie Alvarez Jr. 12-7 and Ukraine’s Artem Kryvenko 11-0. He then faced Azerbaijan’s Ziraddin Bayramov in the quarterfinals where he battled but fell 14-11. Hardy was then pulled back in and topped Moldova’s Pavel Graur 7-4 in the wrestle-backs to advance to Wednesday morning’s bronze medal match. 

In the third-place match, Hardy faced Georgia’s Goga Otinashvili. After trailing 4-0, Hardy came back to win 8-5 and claim the bronze. 

HUSKERS TIP EXHIBITION PLAY WITH TIGERS

The Nebraska women’s basketball team opens its 2023-24 season by taking on Dakota Wesleyan in its lone exhibition game of the year on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Tip-off between the Huskers and Tigers is set for Noon (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena with tickets available now at Huskers.com/Tickets or by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Season Tickets, Starting 5 Pack and single-game tickets are all available to provide exciting options for fans to watch the Huskers in person throughout the season at PBA.

A live video stream of the game will be provided to subscribers of B1G+. Nebraska fans can listen across the Huskers Radio Network, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 590 AM in Omaha, the Huskers App and Huskers.com, as Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch team up for their 23rd season together calling the action. Pregame starts at 11:30 a.m. (CT).

Nebraska enters the season with three returning starters, including preseason All-Big Ten selections Jaz Shelley and Alexis Markowski. Shelley and Markowski were both named to preseason national player-of-the-year watch lists at their positions last week.

Graduate guard Maddie Krull, who started 60 games in two seasons at South Dakota, before transferring to Nebraska prior to last season, joins Shelley and Markowski as returning starters. Krull made 24 starts for the Big Red a year ago. The Millard South High School grad earned her bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in August, just three seasons into her college career.

The Huskers, who are coming off an 18-15 season that included a trip to the Super 16 in the Postseason WNIT, will be shooting for a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Six returning Huskers (Shelley, Markowski, Kendall Coley, Kendall Moriarty, Annika Stewart, Allison Weidner) were members of Nebraska’s 2022 NCAA Tournament team, while Krull helped South Dakota to a pair of NCAA berths, including the 2022 NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Newcomer Darian White also competed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament after leading Montana State to the Big Sky Tournament title.

White is expected to make an instant impact on Nebraska’s roster in 2023-24. The 5-6 graduate transfer was a three-time first-team All-Big Sky selection and two-time Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year at Montana State. She scored 1,716 points (14.3 ppg), grabbed 612 rebounds (5.1 rpg), dished out 449 assists (3.7 apg) and grabbed 260 steals (2.2 spg) in 120 starts as a Bobcat. She was the 2022 Big Sky Tournament MVP and the 2020 Big Sky Freshman of the Year.

Nebraska Cornhuskers 
vs. Dakota Wesleyan Tigers
Exhibition: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, Noon (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Tickets: Huskers.com/Tickets or 1-800-8-BIG-RED
Live Video: B1G+ (subscription required)
Live Radio: Huskers Radio Network (11:30 a.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln (107.3 FM), Omaha (590 AM), Huskers.com, Huskers App

Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-15, 8-10 Big Ten, 2022-23)
32 - Kendall Coley - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg
40 - Alexis Markowski - 6-3 - Jr. - C/F - 11.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg
0 - Darian White - 5-6 - Gr. - G - 14.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg
1 - Jaz Shelley - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 14.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg
42 - Maddie Krull - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 6.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Off the Bench
21 - Annika Stewart - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 5.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
14 - Callin Hake - 5-9 - So. - G - 4.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
15 - Kendall Moriarty - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 3.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
44 - Maggie Mendelson - 6-5 - So. - F/C - 2.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg
2 - Logan Nissley - 6-0 - Fr. - G - High School
12 - Jessica Petrie - 6-2 - Fr. - F - High School
22 - Natalie Potts - 6-2 - Fr. - F/G - High School
3 - Allison Weidner (Out) - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 10.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Eighth Season at Nebraska (114-99); 17th Season Overall (307-208)

Dakota Wesleyan Tigers (23-9, 15-7 GPAC, 2022-23)
42 - Anna Campbell - 5-11 - Sr. - F - 0.9 ppg, 0.5 rpg
52 - Lacey Sprakel - 5-10 - Jr. - F - 6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg
14 - Morgan Edelman - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg
30 - Isabel Ihnen - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
32 - Rylee Rosenquist - 5-7 - So. - G - 8.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Off the Bench
20 - Mya Wilson - 5-3 - Sr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
15 - Maleighya Estes - 5-7 - So. - G - 1.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg
24 - Taliyah Hayes - 5-6 - So. - G - 0.9 ppg, 0.2 rpg
2 - Grace Fryda - 5-7 - RSo. - G - Did Not Play
40 - Abby Bramer - 5-6 - Jr. - G - Did Not Play
50 - Addy Kramer - 5-8 - So. - G - Did Not Play 
4 - Jaida Young - 5-6 - Fr. - G - High School
10 - Tyra Gates - 5-6 - Fr. - G - High School
24 - Emma Yost - 5-11 - Fr. - F - High School
34 - Shalayne Nagel - 5-11 - Fr. - G - High School
Head Coach: Jason Christensen (Dakota Wesleyan, 1998)
14th Season at Dakota Wesleyan (276-148); 14th Season Overall (276-148)

Scouting The Dakota Wesleyan Tigers

Dakota Wesleyan comes to Lincoln to meet the Huskers for the first time in history. The NAIA Tigers will make the four-plus hour drive from Mitchell, S.D., to Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Dakota Wesleyan competes in the Great Plains Athletic Conference alongside Nebraska’s College of Saint Mary, Concordia, Doane, Hastings and Midland.

Last season, the Tigers finished with a 23-9 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NAIA Tournament in Fayette, Mo., falling 57-53 to Central Methodist (Mo.), which advanced to the national semifinals in Sioux City, Iowa. Dakota Wesleyan went 15-7 in the GPAC.

In 2022, DWU won the GPAC Tournament title and advanced to the NAIA second round, falling to Bethel (Tenn.), 54-53 at DJ Sokol Arena on the Creighton campus. The Tigers finished with a 27-8 record that included a regular-season loss at South Dakota State. Dakota Wesleyan finished 15-7 in the GPAC.

The Tigers must replace their top two scorers from a year ago - 6-4 center Jada Campbell (14.3 ppg) and 5-10 forward Matti Reiner (14.0 ppg), who both started all 32 games. Campbell was also DWU’s leading rebounder (6.4 rpg), while Reiner led the Tigers in assists (4.0 apg) and steals (1.5 spg), while ranking third on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

Dakota Wesleyan’s roster does not include any players taller than 5-11, as the Tigers will rely on returning guards Isabel Ihnen and Morgan Edelman for production and leadership.

Ihnen averaged 9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while making all 32 starts last season. The 5-7 senior connected on a team-best 57 three-pointers.

The 5-6 Edelman added 8.4 points and 5.8 rebounds to go along with 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while starting 29 of DWU’s 32 contests as a sophomore a year ago.

Sophomore Rylee Rosenquist, a 5-7 guard, returns after starting 15 games as a freshman for the Tigers a year ago. Rosenquist averaged 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds while connecting on 53.1 percent of her shots from the floor.

Lacey Sprakel, a 5-10 junior forward who made two starts and played in all 32 games a year ago, could step in to replace Reiner in the starting five. Sprakel averaged 6.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 12.7 minutes per game last season.

The Tigers return just four other players who saw action a year ago, including 5-3 senior Mya Wilson (2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg), 5-7 sophomore Maleighya Estes (1.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg), 5-6 sophomore Taliyah Hayes (0.9 ppg, 0.2 rpg) and the tallest returning player on the roster - 5-11 senior Anna Campbell (0.9 ppg, 0.5 rpg).

As a team, Dakota Wesleyan averaged 72.1 points while surrendering 58.3 points per game a year ago. The Tigers carried a plus-7.8 team rebounding margin and a positive assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2). They hit 44.2 percent of their field goals, including 31.5 percent of their three-pointers while averaging 4.9 threes per game. DWU also sank 74.7 percent of its free throws.

Nebraska vs. Dakota Wesleyan Series History

Sunday’s meeting will be the first in history between Nebraska and Dakota Wesleyan.

The last time the Huskers faced a team from the Dakotas (either North or South) came on Dec. 21, 2013, when South Dakota came to Lincoln and suffered an 87-53 loss to No. 19 Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena. That South Dakota team was coached by current Nebraska Head Coach Amy Williams, who took that Coyote team to the Summit League Tournament title and the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

White Ready for Husker Debut

Nebraska expects to get an immediate boost in the backcourt from three-time first-team All-Big Sky guard Darian White.

The 5-6 graduate student transferred into the Husker program during the summer after averaging 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 steals over 120 starts in four seasons at Montana State.

The No. 2 scorer in Montana State history, White finished with 1,716 points, 612 rebounds, 449 assists and 260 steals.

White was the 2022 Big Sky Tournament MVP, leading the Bobcats to the conference title and a trip to the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

She was also a two-time Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year (2021, 2022) and the 2020 Big Sky Freshman of the Year.

White was the 2019 Idaho Gatorade High School Player of the Year and joins three-time North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year Logan Nissley, two-time Missouri MaxPreps Player of the Year Natalie Potts and Australian National Program forward Jessica Petrie in Nebraska’s group of four newcomers for 2023-24.

Returning Starter Weidner Out for Season

Allison Weidner suffered a right leg injury in practice on Friday, Oct. 13, and will miss the 2023-24 season. She underwent surgery on Oct. 25.

Weidner, a 5-10 junior from Humphrey, Neb., averaged 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds through 13 games as a starter in 2022-23 before suffering a season-ending left leg injury in the fourth quarter of an 85-79 triple-overtime victory over No. 20 Kansas at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 21. Weidner’s recovery and rehabilitation on her left leg since surgery on Jan. 10, 2023, had gone well, and she was expecting to return to action for the start of this season before suffering the right leg injury.

Weidner averaged 13.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists in two wins over Big Ten opponents Maryland and Wisconsin in December of 2022. Nebraska was 10-3 overall with Weidner in the starting lineup.

As a true freshman, Weidner played in all 33 games, including nine starts, helping Nebraska to the 2022 NCAA Tournament. She averaged 7.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a freshman.

Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska has won 36 consecutive exhibition games dating back to an 81-58 loss to the Australian Institute of Sport at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Nov. 12, 2000. 

• Last season, the Huskers defeated Washburn, 70-27, at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Oct. 30, 2022. Alexis Markowski led Nebraska with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. NU’s only other active returning starter from that game is Jaz Shelley, who managed four points, three rebounds and four assists.

• In two career exhibition games, Markowski has produced 33 points and 19 rebounds in 39 minutes. Shelley owns 18 points, five rebounds and 10 assists in 41 minutes of exhibition play as a Husker.

• Nebraska has won its last five exhibition games by an average of 47.6 points per game, dating back to an 88-55 win over Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 5, 2017.

• The Huskers have hit at least one three in 464 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two threes in 343 consecutive games.

• Nebraska has hit 10 or more threes 27 times in the last 73 games, including 15 times in 2022-23.

Husker Roster Filled with State Players of the Year

The 2023-24 Nebraska women’s basketball roster features five state players of the year in basketball, who won their respective awards from their home states from 2019 to 2023. The group of five combined for eight state basketball player-of-the-year honors, while adding three state volleyball player-of-the-year awards. Nebraska’s group does not include Allison Weidner, who was the state of Nebraska’s overall girls athlete of the year across all sports in 2021.

Freshman Logan Nissley carries the most state player-of-the-year honors with her to Lincoln. The 6-0 guard from Bismarck was a three-time North Dakota Gatorade High School Player of the Year in basketball. She led Bismarck Century to three straight state championship game appearances, including a title in 2022. Nissley was also the North Dakota Volleyball Player of the Year as a junior (2021) and senior (2022).

Fellow freshman Natalie Potts added a pair of Missouri MaxPreps High School Player of the Year honors in 2021 and 2023. She was also the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2021. Potts, a 6-2 forward from O’Fallon, Mo., led Incarnate Word Academy to a 100-game winning streak to close her career. She finished her high school career with 2,108 points and 1,008 rebounds - just the third player in Missouri high school history to achieve that combined milestone.

Junior center Alexis Markowski was the 2021 Nebraska Gatorade and MaxPreps High School Player of the Year at Lincoln Pius X. One of 10 semifinalists for the Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Award in 2023, Markowski was the 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year at Nebraska. She is a two-time preseason All-Big Ten selection and a two-time second-team All-Big Ten choice. Before arriving at Nebraska, Markowski led Pius X to back-to-back Class A state titles in 2020 and 2021 as the captain of the Class A All-Tournament team.

Sophomore center/forward Maggie Mendelson was the Utah High School Player of the Year in both basketball and volleyball in 2021. Mendelson graduated from Fremont High School in Utah a year early and joined the Nebraska volleyball and women’s basketball programs for the 2022-23 season. She has helped the volleyball team to a current No. 1 national ranking. In the summer of 2021, Mendelson helped the U.S. Under 16 National Team to gold at the FIBA Americas Championship in August. She also played for the U.S. Under 18 National Volleyball Team at the FIVB U18 World Championships a month later, before winning volleyball gold with the U.S. Under 19 National Team at the Pan American Cup in July of 2022. She played in 22 basketball games for the Huskers as a freshman.

Graduate transfer Darian White was the 2019 Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year at Mountain View High School. The 5-6 point guard averaged 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.4 steals on her way to All-Idaho Player-of-the-Year honors. She led Mountain View to a 25-1 record and a state runner-up finish as a senior, before earning 2020 Big Sky Freshman-of-the-Year accolades at Montana State. She went on to be a three-time first-team All-Big Sky selection at Montana State (2021, 2022, 2023) and a two-time Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year (2021, 2022). She was also the Big Sky Tournament MVP in 2022.

Junior Allison Weidner was not a state basketball player of the year, but she was Nebraska’s overall Girls High School Athlete of the Year in 2021. The two-time first-team all-class all-state pick in basketball was a two-time Class D2 first-team all-state volleyball player and an eight-time Nebraska state track and field champion at Humphrey St. Francis. 

Regular-Season Opener to Feature Life Skills Pep Rally
Nebraska’s regular-season opener with Northwestern State (Nov. 6, noon) will include the annual Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally.

The 2023 Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally, which is co-sponsored by the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame, will feature messages from Husker student-athletes and coaches. This year, the Huskers expect nearly 3,333 students and 377 accompanying staff members from 68 schools across the state of Nebraska.

The 2023 opener marks the fifth time (2013, 2019, 2021, 2022) Pinnacle Bank Arena and Nebraska women’s basketball have teamed with the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame to host the Pep Rally for middle grades students. The students and accompanying staff are provided complimentary water from Pepsi and pizza from Nebraska Athletics.

The Sportsmanship Pep Rally begins at 9:30 a.m. on the main court at Pinnacle Bank Arena and will feature messages from Nebraska Head Coach Amy Williams and Husker women’s basketball players Annika Stewart and Callin Hake, along with appearances by Olympian Jordan Larson and Husker Bekka Allick (volleyball) and All-American men’s gymnast Taylor Christopulos. Coaches and student-athletes from other Nebraska programs are being finalized, while world champion jump roper Tori Boggs will perform at both the rally and at halftime of Monday’s game. The Sportsmanship Pep Rally will conclude at 10:45 a.m.

A group of Valentine Middle School students will be traveling nearly five hours and just over 300 miles, making the longest journey to the pep rally for the second consecutive year. A strong representation of Northeast, Southeast and Central Nebraska community schools are also attending, including more than 300 from Raymond Central and well over 100 each from Centennial, Exeter-Milligan, Freeman, Malcolm, North Bend Central and Seward public schools.