NU WBB: Huskers Tip Big Ten Season at Home with Iowa

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The Nebraska women’s basketball team will tip off its 18-game Big Ten Conference season on New Year’s Eve at Pinnacle Bank Arena, when the Huskers take on Iowa.

The Huskers announced their Big Ten schedule following the conference’s release of the full Big Ten slate on BTN Live Thursday evening.

Fans can purchase season tickets for Nebraska’s full 20-game home schedule beginning next week through the new “Seat Yourself” process available for the first time on Huskers.com. Reserved season tickets are available for just $180, while adult general admission reserved seats are just $90. GA season tickets for youth and seniors are just $40.

A new-look Husker team featuring four new starters will hit the floor at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season. While Nebraska must replace four senior starters who led the Big Red to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and four straight 20-win seasons, the Huskers have plenty of reasons for optimism with the return of All-American point guard Rachel Theriot and the addition of Nebraska High School Players of the Year Jess Shepard and Maddie Simon. Fellow freshman Rachel Blackburn nearly averaged a double-double for the Huskers in their four-game summer swing through Australia. Fifth-year senior Kyndal Clark, who was the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and a 2015 All-State Good Works Team selection, hopes to bolster a young Husker backcourt that includes sophomores Natalie Romeo and Jasmine Cincore.

After playing a nine-game regular-season home non-conference schedule with high-caliber opponents such as NC State, Creighton and Arkansas State, the Huskers tip-off their fifth season in the Big Ten on Thursday, Dec. 31. Iowa advanced to the 2015 NCAA Sweet 16.

Following the Big Ten home opener with the Hawkeyes, Nebraska hits the road to battle two more 2015 NCAA Tournament teams. The Huskers take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Sunday, Jan. 3.

The Huskers are back on the road on Thursday, Jan. 7, when they meet Maryland in College Park. The Terrapins are the defending Big Ten champions, going unbeaten through 2015 conference play before winning the tournament title and advancing to the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Nebraska returns home on Sunday, Jan. 10 to face the Fighting Illini of Illinois at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

After the start of spring semester classes at the University of Nebraska on Jan. 11, the Huskers head back to the East Coast to clash with Penn State on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Following the quick mid-week road trip, Nebraska will be back at Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on another 2015 NCAA Tournament team when the Huskers play host to Rutgers on Saturday, Jan. 16. Tip-off between the Big Red and Scarlet Knights is set for 5:30 p.m.

Nebraska hits the meat-grinder of the Big Ten schedule by playing five of its next seven conference games on the road between Jan. 20 and Feb. 11, beginning with a Wednesday night battle with Purdue.

The Huskers travel to Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 24, before returning home to Pinnacle Bank Arena to meet Wisconsin on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Nebraska returns to the East Coast to clash with Rutgers at The RAC in Piscataway, N.J., on Saturday, Jan. 30, before facing Penn State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

After completing a pair of home-and-home series with Rutgers and Penn State, Nebraska will open its two-game series with Indiana on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7.

The Huskers wrap up their rugged seven-game stretch by facing 2015 NCAA Tournament qualifier Minnesota on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Barn in Minneapolis. It will be Nebraska’s lone meeting with the Golden Gophers this year, after splitting a two-game series with Minnesota last season.

Following the game at Minnesota, Nebraska closes conference action by playing four of its final five Big Ten games in the friendly confines of Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers’ home stretch begins with a Valentine’s Day matchup with Michigan State on Sunday, Feb. 14, in what will be Nebraska’s annual Pink Game to promote awareness and recognize survivors in their fights with cancer.

Nebraska plays its final Big Ten regular-season road game at Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 18. The Buckeyes advanced to the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

The Huskers open a three-game season-ending home stand by taking on Purdue on either Saturday or Sunday, Feb. 20 or 21. The second battle with the Boilermakers may not have a definite date until February, after TV designations are determined for both men’s and women’s basketball that weekend.

Nebraska wraps up its home-and-home series with teams from the Hoosier State on Wednesday, Feb. 24, against Indiana.

Nebraska will honor seniors Rachel Theriot, Kyndal Clark, Anya Kalenta and Alicia Ostrander on Senior Day against Northwestern on Sunday, Feb. 28.

The Huskers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament, March 2-6. Nebraska won the Big Ten Tournament title at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2014, with Theriot capturing MVP honors. The Huskers are 8-2 all-time in three appearances at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.