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Nebraska Women’s Basketball Preview: Michigan State

The Huskers start up conference play on Saturday

Michigan State v Nebraska Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images

Little introduction, my name’s Jaden Miller, I’m 24. I grew up in a pretty small town in Nebraska, but I currently live in Lincoln, Nebraska. In my free time, you can find me arguing with my friends about their horrible sports takes. Anyway, on to the preview.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023

Time: 1:00pm CST

Location: Breslin Center - East Lansing, Michigan

Channel: BTN

Current Record: 7-1 (0-0 in Big Ten)


The Michigan State Spartans enter this game with a 7-1 record, last time out Michigan State beat Miami (OH) 89-44. The Spartans average 93.9 points per game with .523 percent shooting from the floor. Michigan State produces an average of 38.9 rebounds per game (+6.6), adding 22.9 assists per game while also committing 11.4 turnovers per game.

Michigan State is led by Junior guard DeeDee Hagemann and Graduate guard Moira Joiner both averaging 14.9 points per game. Two other starters average double digits to help the Spartans, Graduate guard Julia Ayrault (12.8) and Sophomore guard Abbey Kimball (10.8). Ayrault posts a team best 6.8 rebounds per game.

Nebraska comes into this game after a big 108-35 win at home against UNC Wilmington. The Huskers average 81.7 points per game while shooting .478 percent. Nebraska adds an average of 42.8 rebounds per game and are +10.3 in that category. The Huskers produce 17.6 assists per game.

The Huskers are led by Junior Alexis Markowski, averaging 17.2 points per game. Graduate guard Jaz Shelley provides another 14.0 points per game. Star Freshman Natalie Potts helps out with 12.4 points per game and shoots .672 from the field, leading the Big Ten in FG percentage. Darian White, a transfer guard is just as dangerous, averaging just under ten points with 9.7 per game and second highest rebounds with 5.6 per game. Markowski paces the Husker with 9.6 rebounds per game which is also first in the Big Ten.

This game will tip off the first of conference play for Michigan State and Nebraska, both looking to put a W in the win column. This is just Nebraska’s second true road game, the first being the 71-52 win at Wyoming. The Huskers look to stay on track and improve to 8-2.