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Nebraska WBB vs Maryland Preview

The Huskers and Terrapins face off on New Year’s Eve

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 12 Nebraska at Michigan Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Nebraska is back on the court after a long holiday break. The last time out, the Huskers looked flat and more ready to open gifts than to put the ball in the hoop in a 17 point loss to a good Kansas team. Let’s hope they are rested and ready as another good team is on deck - the Maryland Terrapins.

Alexis Markowski will be honored in a pregame ceremony celebrating her 1000th career point - scored on December 17th against Southern.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. Maryland Terrapins (9-3, 1-0 Big Ten)
Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023, 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Tickets: Huskers.com/Tickets
TV: BTN (FoxSportsApp)
Live Radio: Huskers Radio Network (1 p.m.) Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) B107.3 FM (Lincoln), 590 AM (Omaha), Huskers.com, Huskers App
Live Stats: Huskers.com

Scouting the Maryland Terrapins

Coach Brenda Frese brings NCAA NET No. 39 Maryland to Lincoln riding a seven-game winning streak. The Terrapins have won all seven games by nine or more points, including a 13-point victory over Northwestern (71-58) to open Big Ten play in College Park (Dec. 10).

Sunday’s game will mark the first time the Huskers play an unranked Terrapin team. While the Terps are not currently in the polls, they would be 29th in the WBCA/USA Today rankings. Maryland is still one of the Big Ten’s most explosive and athletic teams, averaging 81.7 points per game. The Terps also lead the Big Ten in total rebounds at 43.8 boards per contest.

Injuries have caused Coach Frese to do a lot of mixing and matching in her starting lineup. One consistent spot though has been All-Big Ten junior Shyanne Sellers, who leads Maryland in every major statistical category. The 6-2 guard ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring (17.8 ppg), 15th in rebounding (6.3 rpg), fifth in assists (5.4 apg), sixth in steals (2.1 spg) and 16th in blocks (0.8 bpg).

Graduate Brinae Alexander is the only other Terp to start all 12 games alongside Sellers. The 6-0 guard is averaging 9.9 points and 3.8 rebounds while leading Maryland with 31 three-pointers (.413). Another graduate, Faith Masonius has moved into the starting lineup recently. The 6-1 guard/forward is averaging 6.9 points and 3.8 boards, while ranking second on the team with 2.8 assists.

Redshirt junior Allie Kubek has also taken on a starting role for the Terps. The 6-2 forward is averaging 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds this season, after missing the entire 2022-23 season with an ACL injury suffered in preseason. Bri McDaniel rounds out Maryland’s probable starting five. The 5-10 sophomore ranks second among the Terrapins in scoring with 11.4 points per game.

Nebraska vs. Maryland Series History

Maryland leads the all-time series with Nebraska 16-1, including a 69-54 win over the Huskers in the last meeting in Lincoln (Jan. 22, 2023). Shyanne Sellers led the No. 11 Terrapins with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Diamond Miller pitched in 18 big points.

Nebraska won the last meeting at Maryland, a 90-67 victory at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Md. (Dec. 4, 2022).

Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3, 1-0 Big Ten - NCAA NET 21)

22 - Natalie Potts - 6-2 - Fr. - F/G - 10.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg

40 - Alexis Markowski - 6-3 - Jr. - C/F - 17.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg

0 - Darian White - 5-6 - Gr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg

1 - Jaz Shelley - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg

42 - Maddie Krull - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Off the Bench

14 - Callin Hake - 5-9 - So. - G - 7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg

2 - Logan Nissley - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 6.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg

21 - Annika Stewart - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 5.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg

12 - Jessica Petrie - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 5.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg

32 - Kendall Coley - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 3.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg

15 - Kendall Moriarty - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 2.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) Eighth Season at Nebraska (123-102); 17th Season Overall (316-211)

Maryland Terrapins (9-3, 1-0 Big Ten - NCAA NET 39)

13 - Faith Masonius - 6-1 - Gr. - G/F - 6.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg

14 - Allie Kubek - 6-2 - RJr. - F - 10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg

0 - Shyanne Sellers - 6-2 - Jr. - G - 17.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg

5 - Brinae Alexander - 6-0 - Gr. - G - 9.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg

24 - Bri McDaniel - 5-10 - So. - G - 11.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg

Off the Bench

11 - Jakia Brown-Turner - 6-0 - Gr. - G - 10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg

3 - Lavender Briggs - 6-1 - Gr. - G - 6.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg

2 - Riley Nelson - 6-2 - Fr. - G - 5.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg

34 - Emily Fisher - 6-0 - Fr. - G/F - 3.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg

20 - Hawa Doumbouya - 6-7 - Fr. - C - 3.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg

33 - Summer Bostock - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 2.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg

21 - Emma Chardon - 6-2 - RSo. - F - 1.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg

30 - Mary Sareen - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.5 ppg, 0.0 rpg

15 - Zen Nuako - 5-6 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg

Head Coach: Brenda Frese (Arizona, 1993) 22nd Season at Maryland (572-150); 26th Season Overall (628-180)