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Nebraska WBB vs Southern Preview

The Huskers face the Jaguars for a Sunday matinee

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The Huskers have finished finals week but don’t get a long break as they are back on the court to take on a 2023 NCAA Tournament team in Southern. Nebraska is on a four-game winning streak after an impressive 80-74 win at then-NCAA NET No. 8 Michigan State a week ago.

Jaz Shelley surpassed 500 career assists in the win at Michigan State and needs just two three-pointers to catch current WNBA player and 14-year international pro Yvonne Turner for fourth on the Nebraska career three-point list (183). Alexis Markowski is the only Big Ten player averaging a double-double (16.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) and owns six double-doubles this season.

Despite a 1-7 record, the Huskers shouldn’t overlook the Jaguars as most of those losses have come to ranked teams and on the road. Southern is likely much better than their record says they are right now.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-2, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. Southern Jaguars (1-7, 0-0 SWAC)
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, Noon (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Tickets: Huskers.com/Tickets
Television: Nebraska Public Media
Live Video: B1G+ (subscription)
Live Radio: Huskers Radio Network (11:30 a.m.) Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) Huskers.com, Huskers App
Live Stats: Huskers.com

Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-2, 1-0 Big Ten - NCAA NET 18)

22 - Natalie Potts - 6-2 - Fr. - F/G - 12.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg
40 - Alexis Markowski - 6-3 - Jr. - C/F - 16.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg
0 - Darian White - 5-6 - Gr. - G - 9.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg
1 - Jaz Shelley - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 13.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg
42 - Maddie Krull - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 2.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Off the Bench

21 - Annika Stewart - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
14 - Callin Hake - 5-9 - So. - G - 7.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg
2 - Logan Nissley - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 6.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg
12 - Jessica Petrie - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 6.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg
32 - Kendall Coley - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 3.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
15 - Kendall Moriarty - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 2.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) Eighth Season at Nebraska (122-101); 17th Season Overall (315-210)

Southern Jaguars (1-7, 0-0 SWAC)

14 - Soniyah Reed - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 7.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg
15 - Sky Castro - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 4.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg
2 - Aleighyah Fontenot - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 8.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg
3 - Taylor Williams - 5-8 - Gr. - G - 8.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
4 - Chloe Fleming - 5-6 - Gr. - G - 7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg

Off the Bench

22 - Sirviva Legions - 5-7 - So. - G - 6.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg
24 - Kyanna Morgan - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 5.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg
21 - Tionna Lidge - 6-4 - Jr. - C - 3.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg
11 - Cayla Obillo - 5-2 - Gr. - G - 1.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg
23 - Osha Cummings - 5-6 - Sr. - G - 1.3 ppg, 0.1 rpg
25 - Genovea Johnson - 5-8 - Gr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
44 - Raven White - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg

Head Coach: Carlos Funchess (ULM, 1992) Sixth Season at Southern (81-77); Sixth Season Overall (81-77)

Scouting The Southern Jaguars

Coach Carlos Funchess brings his Southern Jaguars to Lincoln in the midst of one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation. Funchess, who is in his sixth season at Southern and has led the Jaguars to a pair of SWAC titles and NCAA Tournament appearances (2019, 2023).

The Jags, who went 18-15 overall and 12-6 in the SWAC before winning the conference tournament title last season to advance to the NCAA First Four, opened 2023-24 with an 85-53 loss to current No. 10 Baylor (Nov. 6), before falling 80-35 at current No. 5 Texas (Nov. 8). SU battled Purdue to a 67-50 loss at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. (Nov. 12), before fighting current top-25 Miami down to the wire in a 61-57 loss in Coral Gables (Nov. 17).

The Jaguars suffered a 78-60 loss at Iowa State (Nov. 20), before playing their first home game of the season against Northwestern State (Dec. 3). That game resulted in a surprising 46-35 loss to a team Nebraska defeated 90-42 at PBA to open the season (Nov. 6). Southern notched its first win with a 101-45 victory over NAIA Louisiana Christian at home in Baton Rouge (Dec. 9), before suffering a 67-37 loss at Oregon (Dec. 11).

Nebraska vs. Southern Series History

Nebraska leads the all-time series with Southern 3-0, including a 73-39 win over the Jaguars in Lincoln in the last meeting on Nov. 20, 2019.

Husker Numbers to Watch

  • Darian White is seven assists away from 500 in her career.
  • Jaz Shelley reached the 500 mark in her college career by notching nine assists at Michigan State (Dec. 9) to push her total to 507. Only five previous Huskers in history have totaled 500 collegiate assists (Lindsey Moore, Meggan Yedsena, Rachel Theriot, Jina Johansen, Nicole Kubik).
  • Jaz Shelley is two three-pointers from catching WNBA star Yvonne Turner (2007-10) at No. 4 on the Nebraska career three-point list (183). Shelley owns 181 threes as a Husker.
  • Maddie Krull is 12 points away from 700 in her career.
  • Alexis Markowski is 18 points (982) from reaching 1,000 career points.
  • Markowski is 10 rebounds away from 700 in her career and just 60 rebounds from 750, which would move her into a tie for No. 10 on the Nebraska career rebound list.
  • Annika Stewart is four points away from 500 in her career.