Huskers Power past Texans – University of Nebraska

LincolnAlexis Markowski and Isabelle Bourne both produced double-doubles as Nebraska dominated the field in a 71-53 women’s basketball win over Tarleton on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Markowski notched 16 of her season-best 24 points in the second half and grabbed 12 of her 18 career-best rebounds after halftime. The 6-3 Lincoln runner-up also tied career highs with three blocked shots and three steals while adding two assists. It was Markowski’s second double-double of the season.

Bourne, a 6-2 forward from Canberra, Australia, added her first double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds while adding a block and a steal of her own.

Jaz Shelley She narrowly missed her own double-double with eight points and a season-best 12 assists. The 5-9 guard from Moe, Australia, added six rebounds to help the Huskers post a season-high plus 27 (53-26) rebound margin against the Texans.

Nebraska improved to 3-2 on the season while Tarleton slipped to a matching 3-2 this year.

In addition to the big nights from Nebraska’s three returning starters, the Huskers grabbed a season-high eight points, including a pair of threes Trinity Bradywhile Kendall Moriarty added a career-high eight points from the bench.

The Huskers also welcomed the return of the Graduate Guard Sam Haiby, who played for the Big Red in the first two plus six minutes of the quarter. Haiby, who missed the first four games of the year for NU after originally expecting to miss the entire season with a leg injury, played an even more important role after the starting lineup Allison Wiedner left with an eye injury after scoring the first two points of the game about a minute into the competition. Haiby produced four rebounds, an assist, and a steal.

In a weak first quarter, Nebraska used two 6-0 runs to lead 12-8 into the second third. The Huskers extended their lead in the second quarter, going 31-24 at halftime.

The Huskers then stormed out of the dressing room to build an 18-point lead at 45-27 with 6:07 in the third quarter. Brady started the surge with a three-pointer before Shelley and Bourne hit back-to-back baskets to put the Big Red 38-24 ahead. Markowski then pushed the lead to 16 with a second chance bucket.

Tyler Jackson stopped NU’s 9-0 run to start the second half by burying a long three before Markowski responded with a traditional three to make it 43-27. Markowski hit again with a mid-range jumper to cap Nebraska’s 14-3 surge early in the quarter.

20 seconds later, Haiby left the game and didn’t return, and Tarleton benefited with a 16-3 run. Teresa Da Silva, who led Tarleton with 24 points and five assists, scored the final 10 points of the eruption to pull the Texans 48-43 into the fourth quarter.

Markowski, who scored Nebraska’s last 10 points of the third quarter, added NU’s first basket of the fourth quarter after a putback. After a layup by Shelley, Markowski then scored on back-to-back possessions to push the Husker lead back to 13 points 58-45 and 5-14 to go. Tarleton was never able to reduce the margin back to single digits.

Nebraska finished off the field with 45.5 percent (30-66) despite hitting just 17.4 percent (4-23) of his three-pointers. The Huskers also went 7-of-10 at the free throw line. The Big Red held Tarleton on just 34.4 percent (21-61) shooting while the Texans downed 7 of 18 threes (.389). The Texans also went 4-for-6 at the line.

Nebraska’s 53-26 dominance on the glass included 21 offensive rebounds that helped the Huskers outplay the Texans 50-14 in the paint. Although Tarleton won the turnover battle 21-16, the Huskers outscored the Texans 22-16 in turnover points.

The Huskers open up a four-game road swing by traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico early Wednesday morning. NU will open the Puerto Rico Clasico by taking on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday at 12:30pm CT before taking on Mississippi State on Saturday at 12:30pm CT. Both games will feature live video streams from FloSports and can be heard for free on the Huskers Radio Network, including and the Huskers App.