Graceland University women’s basketball coach Frank Howell says his team is looking forward to the challenge of playing a Division one foe. The NAIA school from Lamoni, Iowa, visits UNO on Thursday night and Howell says his connection to Mavericks assistant coach Kirk Walker helped make this game possible.
“Kirk used to coach at Sioux City North and I used to coach at Cedar Rapids Washington”, said Howell. “In fact we even go further back then that. He coached at Galva-Holstein while I coached at Audubon in high school so we have known each other for a long time.”
Howell says not only will the money earned help fund the program but it also counts as an exhibition game for Graceland. It counts as a regular season game for UNO.
“It is a great opportunity for our players to go in and soak in the venue of Baxter Arena”, added Howell. “It is kind of a win-win for us.”
It is not the first time Graceland has challenged a division one opponent. The Yellowjackets lost at UNO a year ago and also played a Western Illinois team that eventually made it to the NCAA Tournament.