The ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups were decided a while ago for the men, but the women’s challenge matchups were just released.
The Duke women head to Lincoln, Neb. for their contest against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Dec. 3, 2014. This is just the second meeting ever in school history between the two institutions. Duke leads the all-time record with 1-0, last meeting in 2013 in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Duke and Nebraska had similar seasons in 2014. The Blue Devils had a 28-7 record last year, while the Cornhuskers had a 26-7 record. Both teams were 12-4 in their respective conferences. Last season in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Nebraska and Duke both won their games. Duke hosted Michigan and won by a ten-point margin. Nebraska hosted Miami and beat the Hurricanes by eleven points.
Nebraska is looking to continue their success, as they are the defending Big Ten champions and are returning four starters—Rachel Theriot, Emily Cady, Hallie Sample and Tear’a Laudermill—from last season.
Duke returns two starters—Elizabeth Williams and Alexis Jones—from last season. They also return eight letterwinners. The Blue Devils are also onboarding the second-ranked recruiting class in the NCAA.
The other women’s matchups in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge are: Boston College vs. Indiana, NC State vs. Minnesota, Notre Dame vs. Maryland*, Florida State vs. Purdue, Pittsburgh vs Ohio State, Virginia vs. Illinois, Wake Forest vs. Michigan, Louisville vs. Iowa, Miami vs. Wisconsin, Syracuse vs. Penn State, North Carolina vs. Rutgers* and Georgia Tech vs. Michigan State.
(* Maryland and Rutgers officially join the Big Ten on July 1, 2014.)
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