Nebraska will open its women’s basketball conference schedule at home against a rival as it faces Iowa on Dec. 28.

The Big Ten announced the 2019-20 league-wide men’s and women’s basketball schedules on Friday.

The Huskers play five of their first eight league games at Pinnacle Bank Arena. That starts with the Hawkeyes, who won the Big Ten tournament in March and went on to reach the NCAA quarterfinals.

NU also hosts Minnesota (Jan. 4), Wisconsin (Jan. 9), Michigan (Jan. 19) and Purdue (Jan. 22) during the first half of the league season.

The Huskers are expected to return all five starters and their top seven scorers. The group will be led by three-year starters Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish as well as juniors Kate Cain and Taylor Kissinger.

Nebraska went 14-16 last season — 10 of those losses were by six points or less. Season tickets are on sale at Huskers.com/Tickets or by calling the NU ticket office at 800-824-4733 during regular business hours.

Nov.: 2, Rogers State (exhibition); 6, Alabama A&M; 10, at Missouri; 14, Morgan State; 17, SIUE; 20, Southern; 24, Creighton; 29, Southern California (South Point Shootout); 30, Sacred Heart (South Point Shootout).

Dec.: 4, Duke; 14, Oral Roberts; 22, Manhattan; 28, Iowa; 31, at Michigan State.

Jan.: 4, Minnesota; 9, Wisconsin; 12, at Rutgers; 16, at Maryland; 19, Michigan; 22, Purdue; 25, at Wisconsin; 30, at Minnesota.

Feb.: 2, Ohio State; 6, at Iowa; 9, Indiana; 13, Penn State; 16, at Northwestern; 19, at Ohio State; 22, Illinois; 27, at Indiana.

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