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Nebraska's Sam Haiby out for season with injury

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Take a look back at the last five seasons of Nebraska women's basketball.

LINCOLN – The Nebraska women’s basketball team was dealt a significant blow Friday when coach Amy Williams announced guard Sam Haiby, a four-year starter and 1,000-point scorer, would miss the entire 2022-2023 season with a leg injury.

Haiby, who chose to return for an extra year, ranks No. 8 at NU in career assists and No. 15 in career points.

“We are obviously disappointed that Sammi will not be on the court with us this season,” Williams said in a press release, “but she remains a critical member of our team. We will continue to lean on her for leadership and guidance.”

Haiby has played in 117 career games and was second-team All-Big Ten player in 2020-2021, when she averaged 16.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game during the COVID pandemic.

The NCAA did not that count that season of eligibility against Haiby or any other college basketball player, so Haiby had a chance to return for this year.

Her absence may leave a gap in NU’s backcourt. While Haiby’s workload decreased last season with the addition of Jaz Shelley – and figured to decrease even more with the addition of South Dakota transfer Maddie Krull – Haiby often was the Huskers’ closer, doing her best work in the fourth quarter with hard drives to the rim and free throws.

Shelley, Krull and sophomore Allison Weidner likely become the starting backcourt for the Huskers – with little experienced depth behind them.

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