NU Notes: Huskers Finish Record Beach Season
The Nebraska beach volleyball team finished off its season with two sweeps on Saturday to finish with a 15-5 final record, the most wins in program history. The Huskers beat Irvine Valley College and Hope International University on Saturday in Irvine, Calif., both by 5-0 scores.
Nebraska's beach volleyball program was founded in 2013, and the previous record for wins in a season was 12 in 2019. Ten of the Huskers' 15 wins were sweeps.
On Saturday, Bekka Allick/Lexi Rodriguez and Ally Batenhorst/Bergen Reilly won all four sets they played. NU's top pair, Allick and Rodriguez, won 21-7, 21-12 and 21-12, 21-5. Batenhorst and Reilly, playing at No. 3, won 21-16, 21-13 and 21-15, 21-13.
Merritt Beason and Harper Murray swept their Irvine Valley opponents, 21-13, 28-26, and battled to a three-set win against Hope International, 19-21, 21-9, 15-7. Laney Choboy and Lindsay Krause had a similar result, sweeping IVC 21-12, 21-6 and coming back to beat HIU, 15-21, 21-17, 15-13.
Andi Jackson was part of two winning teams, one with Maisie Boesiger in a 21-15, 20-22, 17-15 win against Irvine Valley, and with Hayden Kubik against Hope International, 21-8, 21-8.
Nebraska 5, Irvine Valley College 0
1. Bekka Allick/Lexi Rodriguez (NEB) def. Barett Nolan/Sydney Dews (IVC) 21-7, 21-12
2. Merritt Beason/Harper Murray (NEB) def. Angie Griego/Gabi Brown (IVC) 21-13, 28-26
3. Ally Batenhorst/Bergen Reilly (NEB) def. Mia Bertolone/Kayla Torres (IVC) 21-16, 21-13
4. Laney Choboy/Lindsay Krause (NEB) def. Tessa Marocco/Emily Hon (IVC) 21-12, 21-6
5. Maisie Boesiger/Andi Jackson (NEB) def. Kendall Fraser/Alessandra Nitoglia (IVC) 21-15, 20-22, 17-15
Nebraska 5, Hope International University 0
1. Bekka Allick/Lexi Rodriguez (NEB) def. Candice Palmer/Taylor Erickson (HIU) 21-12, 21-5
2. Merritt Beason/Harper Murray (NEB) def. Rachel Street/Rachel Miller (HIU) 19-21, 21-9, 15-7
3. Ally Batenhorst/Bergen Reilly (NEB) def. Cassi Koffroth/Stephanie Perez (HIU) 21-15, 21-13
4. Laney Choboy/Lindsay Krause (NEB) def. Natalie Hadder/Mara Sanchez (HIU) 15-21, 21-17, 15-13
5. Hayden Kubik/Andi Jackson (NEB) def. Ariel Garcia/Mariana Turner (HIU) 21-8, 21-8
Huskers Sweep Competition on Senior Night
Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska men's gymnastics team hosted the final regular season meet, celebrating the senior class on Friday night. The Huskers took first place in a tri-meet (410.800), with No. 6 Ohio State in second (401.750), and Greenville in third (384.050).
The Big Red took home five of the six event titles. Cooper Giles notched a 14.45 to claim the pommel horse title. Taylor Christopulos, Donte McKinney, and Liam Doherty-Herwitz all shared the vault title (14.75), a career-best for Doherty-Herwitz. Christopulos added his second event title on floor (14.40) while finishing in first with a career-best score on parallel bars (13.95). Zac Tiderman rounded out the title winners with the high bar title (14.10).
The Huskers began the meet with a 69.60 on floor. Freshman Nathan York led the squad with a career-best (14.10) straight out the gate, followed by James Friedman with a 13.20. Chris Hiser earned a 13.80. Senior Moritz Mueller completed his final routine at home tying his career-best (14.10). Christopulos wrapped up the rotation with a solid 14.40, good for the event title. Toby Liang competed in exhibition collecting a career-best (13.95).
Nebraska moved to pommel horse for the second rotation earning 68.60 as a team, just .20 under their season-best score. Giles led the way for the Huskers notching a 14.45, just .05 below his career-best, and good for the event title. Travis Wong notched a 13.70, while York scored a 13.40. Friedman matched his career best (13.45) and Liang showed out with a personal-best score (13.60). Dylan Young competed in exhibition collecting a 13.10 in his final senior performance in Lincoln.
NU earned a 66.45 as a team on rings. Yanni Chronopoulos scored 13.20, a season-best, with Hiser following with a 13.80. Asher Cohen stuck his dismount, earning a 13.20. Liam Doherty-Herwitz scored a 13.50, while Friedman closed the rotation with a 12.70. Dylan Young competed in exhibition for the Huskers (12.40).
The Huskers came alive on vault, scoring a season-best 72.85 as a team on vault. Christopulos, McKinney, and Doherty-Herwitz all collected a share of the vault title (14.75), a career-best for Doherty-Herwitz. Zac Tiderman followed closely with a career-best (14.60) and Friedman earned an even 14.00.
The Big Red had a team score of 65.69 on parallel bars. Chronopoulos led the way with a season-best 13.95, collecting his third event title this evening. Cohen (13.10) and Friedman (12.20) also competed for the Huskers. Doherty-Herwitz stuck his dismount, earning a 13.45. Christopulos anchored the lineup for Nebraska to snag the title with a career-best 13.95. Joey Pepe competed in exhibition, sticking with a big 14.05 for the sophomore.
The Huskers wrapped up the meet on high bar with a team score of 67.35. Tidermam led NU with an impressive 14.10 Chronopoulos scored a 12.90 season-best, while Liang earned a 13.40 for the Cornhuskers. McKinney notched a 13.90. Christopulos stuck with a 12.65.
Nebraska returns to competition at the Big Ten Championships on March 31st and April 1st in Columbus, Ohio. The two-day competition will begin at 7 p.m. (CT) on Friday and Saturday and will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network. Fans can follow @NebraskaMensGym on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for live updates during the meet.
Nebraska Pummels Colonels in 17-1 Rout
Nebraska scored a season-high 17 runs to complete the doubleheader sweep with a 17-1 win against Nicholls on Friday in Manhattan, Kan.
Nebraska (11-5-1) plated 17 runs on 17 hits and an error, while Nicholls (11-10) had one run on three hits and committed a trio of errors.
Jace Kaminska tossed five three-hit innings to improve to 4-0 on the season. The junior allowed one run on the three hits and had three strikeouts. Jackson Brockett pitched two perfect innings, while Jake Bunz and Will Rizzo threw one inning each. The three Huskers combined to not let a Colonel reach base in the final four innings.
Eight Huskers had a hit in game two, including five with multi-hit games. Max Anderson was 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and a pair of runs scored. Dylan Carey went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and three runs. Charlie Fischer, Josh Caron and Ben Columbus tallied two-hit games for the NU offense, while Brice Matthews was 1-for-4 with a home run, five RBI and a run. Efry Cervantes went 1-for-1 at the plate with a homer.
Nebraska jumped ahead 2-0 in the first after an error scored Cole Evans, and Caron's RBI single through the left side brought home Fischer.
Carey had a one-out double in the second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, while Matthews reached on a fielding error that plated Carey to give the Huskers a 3-0 lead after two.
Anderson began the bottom of the third by lifting a solo homer over the wall in right field to extend Nebraska's lead to 4-0.
A walk and a pair of singles loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the fifth for Nicholls. A wild pitch allowed the Colonels to score their lone run of the game and trimmed the NU lead to 4-1.
The NU offense answered immediately in the next half inning, scoring seven runs on three hits to expand the lead to 11-1 after five innings. Back-to-back RBI singles from Columbus and Carey brought home three runs for the Big Red to make it a six-run game.
Casey Burnham was hit by pitch to load the bases with one out, while a sacrifice fly from Matthews plated Nebraska's seventh run of the game. Evans followed with a walk, setting up Anderson's two-RBI single down the right-field line. Fischer capped the scoring in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Evans.
Columbus drew a walk, Carey singled to left and Burnham was hit by pitch to load the bases for the Huskers with one out in the sixth. Matthews followed by slugging a first-pitch grand slam down the left-field line to make it a 15-1 game.
Anderson lifted a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right for his second homer of the game in the seventh, while Cervantes smacked a solo home run into the Colonels' bullpen in the eighth to clinch the 17-1 win for the Huskers.
Nebraska and Nicholls are set to play the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. First pitch between the Huskers and Colonels is set for 2 p.m.
Olson Deals Complete Game in 2-1 Win
Nebraska opened the doubleheader against Nicholls on Friday with a 2-1 win in seven innings at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.
Nebraska (10-5-1) scored two runs on seven hits, while Nicholls (11-9) had one run on five hits.
Emmett Olson improved to 3-1 on the season, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts. The seven-inning outing tied Olson's career-high total previously set vs. Michigan State last season.
Seven Huskers had a hit in game one, with Charlie Fischer and Dylan Carey each going 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the NU offense.
Three straight one-out singles put the Huskers ahead 1-0 in the first. Cole Evans and Max Anderson reached on back-to-back singles, before Fischer's RBI single down the left-field line scored Evans.
After an infield single with two outs in the second, the Colonel offense was held hitless until a two-out single in the top of the sixth. Olson induced a popout to the next batter to keep the Colonels scoreless through six innings.
Nebraska doubled its lead to 2-0 on three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. Back-to-back one-out singles by Josh Caron and Gabe Swansen put runners first and second with one down. Carey followed by ripping the first pitch through the right side for an RBI single, scoring Caron.
Nicholls pieced together its lone threat of the game in the top of the seventh. Three straight one-out singles loaded the bases for the Colonels to put the go-ahead run on first with one out. A sacrifice fly to center cut the Husker lead to 2-1 with two outs, while Olson retired the next batter with a three-pitch strikeout to preserve the 2-1 win for the Huskers.
Huskers Tangle with Panthers in WNIT
Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-14, 8-10 Big Ten)
vs. Northern Iowa Panthers (23-9, 16-4 Missouri Valley)
Postseason WNIT Second Round
Sunday, March 19, 2023, 2 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Tickets: Huskers.com / 1-800-8-BIG-RED
Live Video: B1G+ (Jessica Coody, Jami Hagedorn)
Live Radio: Huskers Radio Network (1:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln (107.3 FM), Omaha (590 AM), Huskers.com, Huskers App
Huskers Tangle with Panthers in WNIT Second Round
The Nebraska women's basketball team continues 2023 postseason play when the Huskers play host to Northern Iowa in the WNIT second round on Sunday in Lincoln.
Tip-off between the Huskers (17-14, 8-10 Big Ten) and the Panthers (23-9, 16-4 Missouri Valley) is set for 2 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
A live stream of the game will be provided to subscribers of B1G+ with Jessica Coody and Jami Hagedorn on the call. Fans also can listen across the Huskers Radio Network, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 590 AM in Omaha, the Huskers App and Huskers.com, as Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch call the action.
Nebraska is making its 23rd overall postseason tournament appearance, including its seventh in the Postseason WNIT, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023.
The Huskers earned their third straight postseason bid, including a trip to the 2022 NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the 2021 WNIT. Nebraska was also postseason eligible in 2020 before COVID-19 led to the cancellation of all postseason play.
Over the past 20 seasons dating back to 2003-04, Nebraska has made 16 postseason appearances and has been postseason eligible 17 times, including nine NCAA bids and seven trips to the WNIT.
The Huskers advanced to the WNIT second round with a 74-65 victory over Missouri State on Wednesday, March 15, in front of 4,116 fans in Lincoln. It marked Nebraska's first home postseason win inside Pinnacle Bank Arena. The only other home postseason game the Huskers had played at PBA came with a 64-62 loss to Northern Iowa on March 17, 2016.
Graduate guard Sam Haiby led the Huskers with a season-high 25 points, while fourth-year forward Isabelle Bourne added a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds against the Lady Bears. Both Haiby and Bourne are three-time All-Big Ten honorees, while 2023 first-team All-Big Ten guard Jaz Shelley put three Huskers in double figures with 11 points and six assists.
The Huskers have been led throughout the season by Jaz Shelley, a 5-9 guard from Moe, Australia (pronounced MO-ee), who leads Nebraska in scoring (14.5 ppg), assists (6.1 apg) and steals (1.6). Shelley has scored in double figures 21 times in 2022-23, including eight games with 20 or more points. She scored a career-high 37 points at Minnesota (Feb. 15), after scoring 32 points to go with eight assists in a win over Mississippi State (Nov. 26). She also put up 31 points in a win over Wisconsin (Dec. 7).
Alexis Markowski (Lincoln, Neb.) added second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season after leading the Big Ten in both double-doubles (15) and rebounding (10.1 rpg). The 6-3 sophomore who was a midseason top 10 contender for the Lisa Leslie Award, is tied for second among the Huskers with 12.3 points per game. Markowski produced nine double-doubles over the last 15 games, scoring in double figures 12 times while adding 11 games with with double-digit rebounds during that stretch. Markowski has scored in double figures a team-high 22 times, including a trio of 20-point performances.
Isabelle Bourne (Canberra, Australia) captured honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition for the third consecutive season in 2023. Bourne ranked 24th in scoring (12.9 ppg) and 15th in the league in rebounding (6.1 rpg) while ranking ninth in field goal percentage (.512) during conference play. Bourne has produced double figures 19 times in 2022-23, including three 20-point performances.
Sam Haiby (Moorhead, Minn.) claimed All-Big Ten recognition for the third straight year by adding honorable-mention accolades from the league media. Haiby ranks No. 12 at Nebraska in career points (1,613), 16th in rebounding (640) and No. 6 in assists (475). Haiby, who has played more games in a Nebraska uniform (138) than any other women's basketball player in school history, missed 10 of the first 11 games this season while recovering from a leg injury.
Maddie Krull (Omaha, Neb.) rounds out Nebraska's starting five with 6.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists on the season. The 5-9 guard who spent her first two seasons as a starter at South Dakota, owns seven double-figure scoring efforts on the season.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-14, 8-10 Big Ten)
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 12.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg
40 - Alexis Markowski - 6-3 - So. - C/F - 12.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg
1 - Jaz Shelley - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 14.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 11.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg
42 - Maddie Krull - 5-9 - So. - G - 6.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Off the Bench
21 - Annika Stewart - 6-3 - So. - F - 5.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg
14 - Callin Hake - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg
15 - Kendall Moriarty - 6-1 - So. - G - 3.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg
44 - Maggie Mendelson - 6-5 - Fr. - F/C - 2.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg
32 - Kendall Coley - 6-2 - So. - F/G - 1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady (Out) - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 2.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg
3 - Allison Weidner (Out) - 5-10 - So. - G - 10.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Seventh Season at Nebraska (113-98); 16th Season Overall (306-207)
Northern Iowa Panthers (23-9, 16-4 Missouri Valley)
32 - Rachael Heittola - 6-3 - Jr. - F/C - 3.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg
42 - Grace Boffeli - 6-1 - So. - F - 16.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg
0 - Maya McDermott - 5-6 - So. - G - 14.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg
4 - Emerson Green - 5-10 - So. - G - 11.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg
12 - Kam Finley - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Off the Bench
24 - Kayba Laube - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg
30 - Cynthia Wolf - 6-3 - Sr. - C - 4.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg
22 - Taryn Wharton - 5-5 - Fr. - G - 4.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
2 - Cailyn Morgan - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 3.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg
5 - Ryley Goebel - 5-11 - Fr. - F - 3.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg
14 - Riley Wright - 5-11 - RFr. - G - 1.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg
3 - Ellie Foster - 5-11 - RFr. - G - 0.7 ppg, 0.2 rpg
Head Coach: Tanya Warren (Creighton, 1988)
16th Season at Northern Iowa (306-210); 16th Season Overall (306-210)
Scouting the Northern Iowa Panthers
Northern Iowa brings a 23-9 overall record to Lincoln after running to an 88-76 win over Colorado State in the WNIT first round on Thursday night in Cedar Falls.
Coach Tanya Warren guided the Panthers to a third-place regular-season finish in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 16-4 record. Warren, who starred at Creighton in the mid-1980s, is in her 16th season leading UNI.
Northern Iowa split the regular-season series with Missouri State, falling to the Lady Bears 71-67 in Springfield, Mo. (Jan. 26), before running to an 86-67 win over Missouri State in Cedar Falls in the regular-season finale on March 4.
In games against common opponents with the Huskers, Northern Iowa swept Drake with a 70-69 win in Des Moines (Jan. 11) and a 49-47 victory in Cedar Falls (Feb. 1). The Panthers lost to Creighton, 85-66, in Cedar Falls (Nov. 20), and lost at Iowa, 88-74 (Dec. 18).
Northern Iowa faced a strong schedule littered with 16 games against NCAA and WNIT postseason teams, including seven games (3-4) against NCAA Tournament squads (Creighton, Drake-2, Iowa, Iowa State, Saint Louis, South Dakota State) and nine contests (4-5) against WNIT qualifiers (Belmont-3, Colorado State, Illinois State-2, Missouri State-2 and North Dakota State).
The Panthers are a solid offensive team that averages 75.1 points per game, while hitting 44.4 percent of their field goal attempts and an impressive 35.3 percent of their three-point attempts. They own a plus-2.2 turnover margin and a plus-1.2 rebound margin, while holding the opposition to just 65.1 points per game. UNI has limited opponents to just 39.9 percent shooting, including 30.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Northern Iowa is led by sophomore Grace Boffeli. The 6-1 forward is averaging team bests of 16.3 points and 9.2 rebounds, while hitting 55.3 percent of her shots from the field, including 41.7 percent (15-36) of her three-point attempts. The first-team All-MVC selection has been to the free throw line more than 200 times, connecting on 64.8 percent (138-213) of her attempts. She had 16 points and 15 rebounds in Thursday's win over Colorado State.
Fellow sophomore Maya McDermott added second-team All-MVC recognition after averaging 14.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and a team-best 3.6 assists per game. McDermott, who was named the MVC's Most Improved Player, hit a team-best 57 three-pointers (.370) and 90.9 percent (90-99) of her free throw attempts. She had 21 points with five three-pointers in the win over CSU.
Emerson Green gives the Panthers three sophomore starters averaging in double figures at 11.4 points and 3.1 rebounds, while adding 2.1 assists per game. The 5-10 guard leads the UNI backcourt with 42.2 percent (43-102) shooting from three-point range. She had 17 points in Thursday's win.
Senior Kam Finley, a 5-9 guard, has joined Boffeli and McDermott in starting all 32 games for the Panthers. Finley is averaging 8.4 points and 2.6 boards while connecting on 32-of-100 threes (.320). She finished with 19 points in Thursday's first-round WNIT win over the Rams.
Cynthia Wolf (4.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg), a 6-3 senior center, had been a consistent starter for UNI through the first 28 games before suffering an injury. Rachael Heittola, a 6-3 junior, has replaced Wolf in the starting five, and is averaging 3.6 points and 1.9 rebounds on the season. Heittola is shooting a team-best 45.2 percent (14-31) from three-point range.
The Panthers feature a deep playing rotation that includes 5-9 sophomore Kayba Laube (5.1 ppg 2.1 rpg), 5-5 freshman Taryn Wharton (4.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg) and 5-10 junior Cailyn Morgan (3.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg) who have all competed in all 32 games for UNI. The trio has combined to hit 73-of-225 three-pointers (.324). Ryley Goebel, a 5-11 forward who earned MVC All-Freshman honors, adds athleticism, leading UNI with 40 blocks and 43 steals despite playing just 17 minutes per game.
Northern Iowa's 12-player roster is dominated by 10 Iowans, including three regular starters from Cedar Falls High School (Kam Finley, Emerson Green, Cynthia Wolf), two key reserves from Marion High School (Kayba Laube, Riley Wright). Grace Boffeli (Eldridge), Maya McDermott (Johnston), Cailyn Morgan (Coralville), Ryley Goebel (Center Point) and Ellie Foster (Dike).
Taryn Wharton (Bellevue, Neb.) and Rachael Heittola (Belleville, Wis.) are the only non-Iowans on the UNI roster.
Nebraska vs. Northern Iowa Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Northern Iowa 6-1, but the Panthers defeated the Huskers, 64-62, to knock NU out of the Postseason WNIT on March 17, 2016, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the last meeting between the two schools.
In a series that dates back to an 80-48 Nebraska home win over UNI at the Devaney Center on Dec. 28, 1989, the Huskers reeled off six straight wins prior to the 2016 WNIT loss.
Nebraska rolled to an 83-44 victory over Northern Iowa (March 21) in the 2010 NCAA Tournament First Round at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Huskers were a No. 1 seed in the tournament and advanced to their first-ever NCAA Sweet Sixteen with a win over UCLA after defeating UNI.
The Huskers also worked their way to an 80-74 win over the Panthers at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico (Nov. 24, 2001), in the only other neutral site meeting between the two teams.
Nebraska is 2-1 all-time against UNI in Lincoln, including an 87-56 win at the Devaney Center on Dec. 18, 1994.
The Huskers are 2-0 against the Panthers in Cedar Falls, including a 71-56 victory (Dec. 14, 1990) and a 79-65 win (Dec. 28, 1993).
Husker Numbers to Watch
Sam Haiby (640) needs one rebound to catch Tina McClain at No. 15 (641, 1994-97) on Nebraska's career rebound list.
Alexis Markowski (579) needs one rebound catch Catheryn Redmon (580, 2008-11) at No. 22 on Nebraska's career rebound list.
Jaz Shelley (157) will move into sole possession of sixth place on Nebraska's career three-point list with her next made three-pointer. Shelley enters the second round of the WNIT tied with Tear'a Laudermill (157, 2012-15).
Alexis Markowski (21) needs one more double-double to move into a tie for seventh on the Nebraska career double-doubles list, joining Janet Smith (22, 1979-82).
Jaz Shelley (190) needs one assist to catch both Jina Johansen (2004-05) and Kathy Hawkins (1975-76) at No. 4 with 191 assists on Nebraska's single-season assist list. Shelley is five assists away from matching Lindsey Moore (195, 2012-13) and Meggan Yedsena (195, 1991-92) for No. 2 on NU's season assist chart. The only player in school history with 200 assists in a season is Rachel Theriot (234, 2013-14).
Isabelle Bourne (631) needs five rebounds to match Danielle Page at No. 17 (636, 2005-08) on the Husker career chart.
Alexis Markowski (314) needs five rebounds to match Karen Jennings (319, 1991-92) in fifth on Nebraska's single-season rebound list. Markowski needs 13 boards to catch Emily Cady (327, 2014-15) on that list. Markowski is just the eighth Husker to record a 300-rebound season, joining Janet Smith (2), Jordan Hooper (2), Emily Cady (2), Carol Garey (2), Karen Jennings, Kelsey Griffin and Nafeesah Brown.
Jaz Shelley (75) needs five three-pointers to match former Husker All-American Jordan Hooper (80, 2013-14) in eighth on Nebraska's single-season three-point list. Shelley, who hit 82 threes last season, would also join Hooper (81, 2012-13) and Kiera Hardy (85, 2004-05; 81, 2005-06) as the only Huskers in history to hit 80 three-pointers in two separate seasons for Nebraska.
Isabelle Bourne (1,187) is just 13 points away from becoming just the 14th Husker in history to achieve the combined career milestones of 1,200 points and 600 rebounds.
Alexis Markowski's 15 double-doubles this season are tied for the third most by a Husker in a season in school history, and her next double-double would move her into second with Nafeesah Brown at 16 (1993-94). Kelsey Griffin owns the Nebraska season record with 20 (2009-10).
Four Huskers Earn All-Big Ten Honors
Jaz Shelley claimed first-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches to headline a group of four Huskers who earned all-conference accolades when the league announced its women's basketball regular-season awards on B1G Today on the Big Ten Network, Tuesday, Feb. 28. Shelley, a 5-9 guard from Moe, Australia, led Nebraska with 14.5 points, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals while adding 4.7 rebounds per game in her second season with the Big Red. She also led the Huskers and ranked among Big Ten leaders with 75 three-pointers on the season.
In Big Ten play, Shelley was even better, ranking 10th in the league in scoring (15.2 ppg), 25th in rebounding (5.5 rpg), fourth in assists (5.9 apg), 16th in steals (1.7 spg), third in three-pointers made per game (2.6) and fourth in free throw percentage (.881). Shelley is the first Husker to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors under Head Coach Amy Williams. Shelley added second-team all-conference accolades from the Big Ten media. She was also an Academic All-District choice by the College Sports Communicators in 2023.
Alexis Markowski added second-team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and media for the second straight year. The 6-3 center out of Lincoln Pius X High School led the Big Ten in double-doubles (15) and rebounding (10.1 rpg), while matching Isabelle Bourne for second among the Huskers with 12.3 points per game. Markowski's 15 double-doubles are tied for the third-most by a Husker in a season in school history. With 314 rebounds through 31 games, Markowski became just the eighth Husker in history to produce a 300-rebound campaign, joining Janet Smith (2), Jordan Hooper (2), Emily Cady (2), Carol Garey (2), Karen Jennings, Kelsey Griffin and Nafeesah Brown. Markowski, who was on the Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List, was one of the final 10 contenders for the Lisa Leslie Award presented to the nation's top center.
Isabelle Bourne added honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition from league coaches and media for the third consecutive season. The three-time Husker captain ranked among the top 25 scorers (24th) in Big Ten play with 12.9 points per game, while ranking 15th in the league in rebounding (6.1 rpg). The 6-2 forward from Canberra, Australia, also ranked ninth in the conference in field goal percentage (.512) in league games. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2021, Bourne is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection who Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Communicators in 2023. The three-time Tom Osborne Citizenship Team member was also Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner in 2023.
Sam Haiby joined Bourne as a three-time All-Big Ten award winner by claiming honorable-mention recognition from the conference media for the second straight season. The 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., battled back from early season injury to average 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals through 21 games. Haiby, who was a second-team All-Big Ten choice in 2020-21, missed 10 of Nebraska's first 11 games this season while recovering from a leg injury that was originally thought to have ended her fifth season as a Husker before it started. She has since set the school record for career games played (138), while ranking 12th in school history in career points (1,613), 16th in rebounds (640) and sixth in assists (475).
Huskers Face Historic Strength of Schedule
Nebraska's game against No. 25 Illinois (Feb. 22) was its 12th this season against an AP Top 25 team at game time, setting a new Husker standard for strength of schedule.
The Big Red tied the previous Nebraska record with its 11th game against an AP Top 25 team when the Huskers faced No. 7 Iowa (Feb. 18). The game against the Hawkeyes marked just the second time in school history that Nebraska had ever faced 11 AP Top 25 opponents in a season, joining the 2000-01 Huskers.
Since joining the Big Ten (2011-12), the Huskers had not played more than eight games in a season vs. AP Top 25 foes prior to 2022-23.
Nebraska's game with Iowa was its fifth against an AP Top 10 team this season. The Huskers have never faced more than five AP Top 10 teams in the same season. In fact, Nebraska played six games against teams that entered the NCAA Tournament ranked in the AP top seven nationally, including No. 2 Indiana (1), No. 3 Iowa (2), No. 4 Virginia Tech (1) and No. 7 Maryland (2).
The Huskers played 17 of 31 games against NCAA NET Top 50 teams, including 5-Indiana (1), 6-Iowa (2), 9-Virginia Tech (1), 14-Maryland (2), 16-Ohio State (1); 18-Creighton (1); 26-Michigan (2); 37-Kansas (1); 39-Mississippi State (1); 41-Illinois (2); 45-Michigan State (2); 49-Purdue (1).
Nebraska's Big Ten road wins at No. 25 Illinois (90-57, +33, Feb. 22) and at No. 20 Maryland (90-67, +23, Dec. 4) represent the largest road victory margins in school history against AP Top 25 teams.
Nebraska owns six wins (6-11) over current NCAA NET Top 50 teams, while the Huskers will be playing their 21st game against a NET Top 100 team when they face Northern Iowa (NET 62). NU owns eight top-100 wins. Twelve of NU's 14 losses came against teams ranked in the NET Top 55.
Nebraska's game with Northern Iowa will be NU's 17th of the season against a 20-win team, pending results from Friday night's WNIT games featuring 19-win Kansas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi teams that played the Huskers during the non-conference season.
Huskers Battle but Fall to Wolverines
Lincoln, Neb. - Despite winning the doubles point, the No. 63 Nebraska women's tennis team (10-3, 0-1 Big Ten) was bested 4-1 by No. 3 Michigan (11-2, 3-0) Friday morning at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center.
The action began with doubles play. On Court 3, the team of Lucy Loy and Anfisa Danilchenko was bested by Andrea Cerdan and Merri Kelly 6-2. Isabel Adrover Gallego and Ana Carmen Zamburek matched up against Kari Miller and Nicole Hammond in the No. 2 spot, defeating them 7-6 (3). The deciding match for the overall doubles point played out on Court 1. Samantha Alicea and Raphaëlle Lacasse continued their undefeated streak against the No. 69 ranked doubles team of Julia Fliegner and Lily Jones, clinching the doubles point 7-6 (4). On the season, Alicea and Lacasse have a 7-0 record in doubles play.
The action then continued with singles play. In the No. 6 spot, Loy fell to Gala Mesochoritou 6-1, 6-2. Adrover Gallego battled No. 23 Jaedan Brown, but lost the match 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 2 position. Lacasse faced No. 34 Fliegner on Court 4 and dropped the match 7-5, 6-0. Michigan clinched the match on Court 5 when Danilchenko fell to Cerdan 7-5, 6-2.
The teams decided to conclude play with unfinished matches on Courts 1 and 3.
Up next, the Huskers travel to Michigan State for a matchup on Sunday at 10 a.m. CT.
Michigan vs Nebraska
Mar 17, 2023 at Lincoln, Nebraska
(Dillon Tennis Center)
#3 Michigan 4, #63 Nebraska 1
1. Ana C. Zamburek (NEB) vs. #50 Kari Miller (MICH) 7-6 (7-5), 1-4, unfinished
2. #23 Jaedan Brown (MICH) def. Isabel A. Gallego (NEB) 6-2, 6-2
3. Samantha Alicea (NEB) vs. #34 Julia Fliegner (MICH) 5-7, 2-3, unfinished
4. #54 Lily Jones (MICH) def. Raphaëlle Lacasse (NEB) 7-5, 6-0
5. Andrea Cerdan (MICH) def. Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) 7-5, 6-2
6. #118 Gala Mesochoritou (MICH) def. Lucy Loy (NEB) 6-1, 6-2
1. Raphaëlle Lacasse/Samantha Alicea (NEB) def. #69 Julia Fliegner/Lily Jones (MICH) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Ana C. Zamburek/Isabel A. Gallego (NEB) def. Kari Miller/Nicole Hammond (MICH) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Andrea Cerdan/Merri Kelly (MICH) def. Lucy Loy/Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) 6-2
Michigan 11-2; National ranking #3
Nebraska 10-3; National ranking #63
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,4,5)