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Nebraska WBB 77 Florida Atlantic 53 Recap

The Husker women played lockdown defense and found some offensive groove to run away from the owls

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament Semifinals-Iowa vs Nebraska Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Amy Williams tweaked the starting lineup with Maddie Krull getting the nod over Kendall Moriarty. Krull was hindered by an injury in early games, but must be back to full strength. Anni Stewart is still out with her leg injury.

First Quarter

The Owls are smartly blanketing Alexis Markowski and Nebraska’s three point shots are not falling early. Florida Atlantic took the early lead (2-0) at 9:11. Two Natalie Potts free throws got the Huskers on the board and the score stagnated there for several possessions.

The Huskers went 0-6 from the field for the majority of three minutes. Ouch.

When it rains, it pours. Darian White and Maddie Krull added five points in quick order (7-3 Neb) at 5:36. At the media timeout, the score moved slightly, but the margin remained the same (9-5 Neb).

The Huskers started to put some distance between them and the Owls after the timeout. Markowski is beasting on the boards. No one player has the hot hand on offense, but everyone is contributing. Only two Huskers haven’t scored and no one has more than three points. The Huskers did not commit a turnover compared to five for FAU.

Nebraska 19 FAU 10

Second Quarter

Nebraska’s shooting is starting to heat up as they extend their lead (26-15 Neb) in the first three plus minutes. Natalie Potts is finding her groove offensively and leads Nebraska with six points.

The Owls’ leading scorer (Hubbard) committed her second foul (an offensive one, drawn by Maddie Krull) and went to the bench. At the media timeout, the Huskers lead 31-17.

Out of the break, the Owls went on a 12-3 run to close the lead to five (34-29 Neb) with 90 seconds left in the half. A Markowski basket and White free throw established a bit more cushion as the half ended.

Nebraska 37 FAU 29

Potts, Hake, Markowski and Shelley lead Nebraska with six points each. Markowski also has six rebounds. Darian White and Callin Hake have three assists apiece.

Third Quarter

FAU’s leading scorer (Hubbard) picked up her third foul in less than a minute and was replaced in the lineup immediately. Potts made both free throws (39-29 Neb) to re-establish a double digit lead. What amounts to an offensive explosion for this game, both teams scored multiple times over the next minute (44-33 Neb) at 7:55.

Jaz Shelley drained her third three-pointer (47-33 Neb). Markowski drew an offensive foul on FAU. It takes a pretty obvious shoulder drop to make Markowski fall back like that. A patented Shelley heads-up long pass found Potts who was so wide open, she had time to rebound her miss and pick up the basket (49-33 Neb). Media timeout.

Krull took a[nother] charge. She has been brilliant on defense tonight. After an 0-5 drought from the field for Nebraska, Hake came through with a three and then a layup (54-37 Neb). She joins Potts as Huskers in double digit scoring so far.

SURPRISE! (not really) Markowski is on double-double watch with 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Nebraska 54 FAU 39

Fourth Quarter

AAAAAND, Markowski collected the double-double on her first shot of the quarter. FAU answered (56-41 Neb). She decided to put the exclamation point on that with her first three pointer of the night (59-41 Neb).

Potts drew the fourth foul on FAU’s Hubbard with eight minutes left. Natalie Potts is on double-double watch with 10 points and nine rebounds. She picked up her third foul and then her 10th rebound!

After a minute or so without scoring, both teams hit baskets on consecutive posessions, including one of Shelley’s amazing no-look passes to Markowski (63-42 Neb) to give Nebraska their first 20 point lead at 6:40. Potts drew her fourth foul halfway through the quarter, but also added to her point total (67-44 Neb).

Jess Petrie notched a steal and score (69-44 Neb). The Husker offense is looking smooth and solid at this point. The defense is lockdown and frustrating the Owls.

FAU has not scored a field goal in over six minutes (72-48 Neb).

Garbage time...Moriarty hit a three! And then Coley hit a field goal. They were the final two Huskers without points. now everyone on the active roster has scored tonight!

Nebraska 77 FAU 53

Stats and Thoughts

There were some rough patches on offense, but the Huskers were looking like a very cohesive team regardless of who was on the floor by the end of the game.

Markowski and Potts both registered double doubles with 18 points; 10 rebounds and 12/12 respectively. Callin Hake also scored in double figures (11 pts). Darian White had eight assists and Hake four.

Both teams shot 41% from the field, but Nebraska took 20 more shots than the Owls (29-71 and 19-46 respectively). Nebraska only committed nine turnovers while FAU had 18. The Huskers outrebounded the Owls 39-31.

The Huskers improved on their pedestrian three point shooting average by hitting 38% (10-26) and were really good from the free throw line (82%; 9-11).

Next Game

The Huskers host Georgia Tech on Saturday, December 2. Tipoff will be 2 pm.