The Nebraska women's basketball team will host USC and Creighton in home non-conference action, and battle ACC powers Florida State and Georgia Tech on the road, Coach Connie Yori announced Thursday.
The Huskers, who depart Friday morning for an 11-day, four-game European Tour of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, are scheduled to take on USC's Women of Troy on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
USC is coming off a 24-13 campaign in 2010-11, when the Women of Troy advanced to the Postseason WNIT championship game. The Trojans, coached by former NBA star Michael Cooper, will be loaded with experienced players in 2011-12. USC returns four full-time starters from a year ago, led by Briana Gilbreath and Jacki Gemelos.
"We were excited to get USC on our schedule this season," Yori said. "That should be an entertaining game because of the styles we are trying to play. They were the WNIT runner-ups last year, and they basically have everybody back, so it is going to be a tough early season test for us. It will a great chance early in the season for our fans to come out and support us."
Nebraska, which returns honorable-mention All-Big 12 point guard Lindsey Moore and Big 12 All-Freshman forward Jordan Hooper, will carry a 12-player roster that includes six freshmen in 2011-12.
Nebraska's battle with USC will help prepare the Huskers for back-to-back road showdowns with ACC powers after Thanksgiving.
NU will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to square off with Florida State on Sunday, Nov. 27. Coach Sue Semrau and the Seminoles return three starters, including Cierra Bravard, from a squad that went 24-8 a year ago and finished 16th in the final NCAA RPI.
Following the road test in Tallahassee, the Huskers will tangle with another top-25 RPI team from the ACC when they take on Georgia Tech. NU's game with the Ramblin' Wreck is part of the previously announced Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech finished the 2010-11 season at No. 21 in the NCAA RPI and joined Florida State as ACC representatives in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
"Those two road games against Florida State and Georgia Tech are going to really challenge our young players," Yori said. "Not only are both of those teams talented, they are also going to have experience and homecourt on their side. Those games are certainly going to help prepare us for our first season in the Big Ten."
Nebraska returns home on Thursday, Dec. 8 for its annual clash with Creighton. The Jays are coming off an 18-13 season in which they advanced to the Postseason WNIT.
The remainder of Nebraska's non-conference schedule will be announced at a later date, once it is finalized. The Huskers' first Big Ten Conference schedule will also be announced in the coming weeks.