Nebraska women’s basketball ‘moving forward’ after dismissal of player and assistant coach

Head coach Amy Willams did not specify why associate head coach Chuck Love was suspended or why guard Ashley Scoggin was removed from the team but says the team is "moving forward."

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On Sunday, the Husker women’s basketball team enjoyed their highest scoring Big Ten game of the season with a 93-70 win over Minnesota.

Given the way the Huskers played, it would be hard to imagine that 24 hours earlier, the team announced the suspension of assistant coach Chuck Love and the removal of guard Ashley Scoggin from the roster.

After the win, head coach Amy Williams did not get into specifics of the situation, saying that the team was moving forward.

“It’s been a challenging few days, but for our team to really come together and just stay together and persevere and go out there and really compete and have a tough fought win today, I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” Williams said.

Love was in his sixth season on Williams’ staff at Nebraska, and in his tenth season with Williams overall. He was named Nebraska’s associate head coach before the 2021-22 season.

Nicknamed ‘Splashley’ by some of her teammates for her three-point shooting prowess, Scoggin was enjoying a strong second season with the Huskers, averaging 8.4 points per game and boasting a 42% three-point shooting percentage.

Williams would not say if Love’s suspension and Scoggin’s dismissal from the team were related. She did say that Scoggin was still being supported by the athletic department, though her player profile on the Huskers website has been removed.

Sam Haiby, who scored 14 points in the win over Minnesota, said the past few days have been difficult for the players.

“Like Coach [Williams] always says, her favorite song, ‘Can You Stand the Rain,’ and this is definitely a storm for us,” Haiby said. “So I think it’s really important for us to stay together. We’ve talked as a team, we’ve met with the players and stuff. It’s just really important for us to come together, and like Coach said, lean on each other, because we still have huge goals that we need to accomplish, that we want to accomplish.”

Williams said the team is focused on closing out their regular season strong with eyes set on cutting down nets in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.

“This group has goals in front of us and that hasn’t changed,” Williams said. “And so we’re focusing on those goals and moving forward.”

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