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Creighton vs. Nebraska, 11/19/17

Nebraska coach Amy Williams calls out a play to her team during a game against Creighton on Nov. 19.

A big turnaround season for the Nebraska women’s basketball team earned coach Amy Williams a raise going into her third season.

Starting on July 1, Williams' base salary will be $626,750, a 9 percent raise. She had been making $575,000. Her contract was also extended one year, keeping it a five-year deal.

When Williams was hired she received a five-year contract for $575,000 annually. She received a one-year extension after her first season, but no raise.

After a rough year in Williams’ first season as head coach, the Huskers made a 14-game improvement in Year 2, finishing with a 21-11 record and making a return to the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska tied for third place in the Big Ten, and Williams was named the Big Ten coach of the year.

Athletic director Bill Moos was impressed with how the team improved after a difficult transition season.

The Huskers went 9-2 in road games, and had a stretch during the Big Ten season when they won eight of nine games.

“She was able to regroup and get a focus together with those (players) who were held over from the previous staff, and filtered in her new players — and the chemistry was right,” Moos told the Journal Star.

“Players fed off each other. Leaders emerged. And pretty soon you get the mojo because you’re getting a little bit of a win streak and it’s fun and it feels good, and you want more. Amy was able to achieve that and get some of that early.”

Nebraska will return four of its five regular starters for the 2018-19 season.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.

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Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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