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The Nebraska women’s basketball team will face an old foe in its 2022-23 regular season non-conference final when the Huskers host Kansas at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The game, which will feature two teams from the 2022 NCAA Tournament, will mark the second trip to Lincoln for the Jayhawks since Nebraska left the Big 12 conference following the 2010-11 season. The Huskers defeated Kansas, 58-52, on December 5, 2018.

Coach Amy Williams and Nebraska return five starters from a team that was 24-9 a year ago, including 11-7 in the Big Ten Conference. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Alexis Markowski (12.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg) should lead Huskers inside with two-time All-Big Ten forward Isabelle Bourne (11.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg). Big Red backcourt features explosive All-Big Ten guards Jaz Shelley (13.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.0 apg) and Sam Haiby (11.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.9 apg), with freshman 2021-22 Allison Weidner (Humphrey, Neb.). The rear area has been reinforced with the addition of Maddie Krull (Omaha, Neb.) during the offseason. Krull was a two-year starter at South Dakota, and the Millard South grad helped the Coyotes to the 2022 NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Kansas is coming off a 21-10 season that included an 11-7 Big 12 mark and culminated with a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks knocked out Georgia Tech in the first round at Stanford, before falling to the Cardinal in the second round. The 2021-22 campaign marked the first 20-win season for the Jayhawks since 2012-13.

Coach Brandon Schneider is entering his eighth season at the helm of Kansas after guiding the Jayhawks to their first postseason deal since 2013. Schneider was the 2022 Big 12 Coach of the Year, as KU produced an improvement 14 games in the win column last season after going 7-18 in 2020-21.

The Jayhawks are expected to bring four returning starters and an Impact trade with them to Lincoln in December. Holly Kersgieter (13.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and honorable mention All-Big 12 guard Zakiyah Franklin (12.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.0 apg) headline Jayhawk’s backcourt . Ioanna Chatzileonti (9.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Taiyanna Jackson (8.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg) add size and strength inside. Jackson earned a spot on the All-Defensive Big 12 team after the 6-6 center set the school record with 95 blocked shots. The Jayhawks also expect to be bolstered by the addition of Wyvette Mayberry, a two-year starter at Tulsa who averaged 14.1 points per game while hitting 43% of her three-pointers a year ago.

Nebraska has faced Kansas on the hardwood in women’s basketball more than any opponent in school history (83 games) and those matchups have continued despite the two programs no longer sharing the same conference.

The Huskers picked up a 66-49 win over the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 6, 2017, opening a two-game home-and-away series between the two schools in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

In Nebraska’s first season as a member of the Big Ten Conference, the Huskers met Kansas in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Little Rock, Ark., losing 57-49.

In the last 33 games of the series, which dates back to Nebraska coach Amy (Gusso) Williams’ senior season in 1997-98, the Huskers have a 23-10 advantage over Kansas. However, in the all-time series, the Jayhawks have a 50-33 advantage over the Big Red.

Fans interested in joining the Nebraska Subscription Waitlist can sign up now at Huskers.com. Applications submitted by August 1st give fans priority access to 2022-23 subscriptions.

Nebraska’s Big Ten Conference home schedule will feature marquee games with Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwest, Michigan State, Penn, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Dates for Nebraska’s other non-conference home games will be announced in the coming days.

James T. Quintero