Amy Williams Talks Transfers
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Nebraska Women’s Basketball Ready for Exhibition Against Washburn

October 25, 2022

Less than two weeks out from Nebraska women’s basketball’s regular season opener, head coach Amy Williams still has decisions to make.

With starting guard Sam Haiby out for the season, a spot next to the other four returning starters has been opened. The Huskers have a number of young and less experienced guards who will not only fill out the starting lineup, but the bench unit as well.

“We’re just still learning,” she said at Monday’s press conference. “We’re still learning and growing and finding the way the pieces are going to come together and the way our team is going to take on different responsibilities in certain situations and how our rotations are going to kind of come together.”

The team’s upcoming exhibition against Washburn will provide the opportunity for further learning in that regard. Last week, the team played a closed door scrimmage against UMKC. The details have not been made public, but Williams said it was “close.”  She also saw the Huskers struggle in certain areas, including ball screen defense and dealing with the pressure the Roos brought on defense.

Playing another team brings specific advantages, according to Williams, and that’ll hold true on Sunday.

“I think it’ll be a great opportunity for us to just play against someone other than ourselves or our male practice players,” she said. “I think just getting a different look from a team that is well-coached and has a system and has a plan and to have to be able to adjust to that and be ready to learn some things defensively, how to take those things away is a good experience.”

The exhibition will be the first time fans can see this year’s team in game action. The coach said that could help some of the younger players get their “butterflies” out before the regular season gets going.

Along with that, she said the Huskers will use a number of different lineups.

“You’re going to be able to see everybody get some opportunities,” Williams said. “We’re going to look at a lot of different people to be able to see how our lineups are starting to mesh together.”

Trinity Brady is one player that could end up being featured heavily. The fourth-year junior guard has been limited by injuries through her first three seasons with the Huskers, playing in 19 games over her first two years before missing all of the 2021-22 campaign. In her only two starts, she averaged 8.5 points, five rebounds and two steals.

“Trinity was really good, she’s been incredibly solid,” Williams said. “Trinity was very efficient, she didn’t miss any baskets in that game, she just does what she can do, she’s real solid defensively, she talks, she communicates, she does all the little things that going into her fourth season that you would want and expect.”

Williams said she likely won’t make a determination on who will start in the exhibition until Saturday. Some of the other players brought up during the press conference included Nailah Dillard, who missed the last two seasons due to injury, and South Dakota transfer Maddie Krull. They’ll both see the court for the first time in a Nebraska uniform on Sunday.

There are multiple things not set in stone yet for the Huskers ahead of the season, but one thing Williams could promise was the effort that the team would show, beginning with the exhibition.

“I’m confident that they’re going to fight,” Williams said. “They play hard, they get after it, they practice that way every day. We know that we have to do that at a bare minimum to have the success that we want to have for this year. So I think we’re going to see them get out there and lay it on the line and compete and get after it, that’s something I really look forward to.”

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