The Huskers won their conference opener, but it wasn’t an easy game. Michigan State is very offensive minded and they got their preferred style of game. Fortunately, Amy Williams’ squad was able to adjust and play run-and-gun and get the W.
The usual starters are on deck for the Huskers - White, Shelley, Krull, Potts and Markowski. Today, you will get Jill’s thoughts in the first and third quarters and Jaden’s in the second and fourth. Two minds are better than one, right??
Both teams scored on their first possessions to make it 2-2 after one minute. After giving up the early Spartan basket with some out-of-position defense, Natalie Potts atoned by scoring two baskets (4-2 Neb).
Maddie Krull has been a defensive whiz, but fairly quiet on offense for most of the season. She decided to announce her presence with an early three (7-2 Neb). The Spartans scored six straight to take the lead back (8-7 MSU). Both teams scored quickly and the score was 10-9 at the first quarter midpoint.
The next three possessions resulted in baskets and then MSU blinked (missed) first and Nebraska took the lead back. More back-and-forth resulted in a 15-14 Huskers lead with 2 1⁄2 minutes to go in the quarter. The Spartans are an offensive team, and so far, they are getting the game they want. Fortunately, the Huskers are able to hang around in an offensive game and lead 18-17 with a minute to go.
Buzzer beater by Coley!!
Nebraska 21 Michigan St 19
Darian White starts the Huskers off with a basket and Coley hits the three after a couple Michigan State turnovers. Huskers lead 26-19 after a Spartan timeout.
Another turnover leads to a White basket, but Huskers go a bit cold as Michigan State is on a 6-0 run. (28-25 Neb) Jessica Petrie is having a great game hitting the big three, Potts hits two FTs. Huskers have the 36-27 lead after a Hake three.
Michigan State on another 6-0 run that cut it to 36-31, but that was stopped by Petrie yet again, having a fantastic game. Spartans are 4 of 5 of their last FGs (38-36 Neb). Shelley gets the bouncing three that brings the Husker lead to four, 41-37.
Coley with another buzzer beater!
Nebraska 43 Michigan State 39
Jess Petrie leads Husker scorers with 11. Kendall Coley has eight. Jaz Shelley has six rebounds.
Nebraska struck first but was mostly cold as they missed several shots (45-40 Neb). Both teams decided they liked turnovers as well as missed shots and there was very little scoring for the first two minutes.
We are well into the third quarter before Alexis Markowski scored any points (a free throw). MSU’s defense is doing a great job on her (48-40 Neb). The Spartans made one free throw; I looked away for a second and Nebraska opened up a 10 point lead (51-41) at 5:45. A four point run by Sparty took us to the media timeout (51-45 Neb).
After four more points for each team (55-49 Neb), things started to get a bit physical and the Huskers were called for an offensive foul (Coley). Bodies from both teams were hitting the deck without any calls (the officials probably need to step in or someone will get hurt soon).
The score held for a couple minutes until Logan Nissley put Nebraska up by nine (58-49) with two minutes left in the quarter. We finally end a period without a Coley buzzer beater.
Nebraska 60 MSU 52
Just thought I’d take a moment to say we are on Jaz Shelley triple double watch at the start of the 4th (7-7-7).
Up to a 10-point lead again after Darian White starts Nebraska off and Shelley hits both FTs right after, she’s up to 9 points. Markowski is starting to get her shot going (66-54 Neb).
Seems like the last minute or so has been infested with fouls from both teams, White is awarded to free throws at the 7:18 mark and knocks them both down. A smart play by Logan Nissley hitting the ball off a Spartan’s leg out of bounds, leads to another Markowski basket; few seconds later Hake hits the three, Huskers up 17 at the media timeout on a 7-0 run (73-56).
Guess what?!? Alexis Markowski is looking at ANOTHER double-double with nine points, 14 rebounds and counting. Shelley currently sits at nine points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
MSU is on a 4:00 scoring drought, only points being free throws, but Nebraska is starting to go on a bit of a drought themselves; Markowski stops it at just under 3:00 to go in the game. She’s got the double-double! Nebraska still up 17 (77-60).
Another 6-0 run by the Spartans, but Nebraska still holds the lead with just under a minute left to play. Huskers call timeout after a Michigan State three. (78-69 Neb).
Two really quick turnovers by Nebraska coming out of the timeout, Huskers up 7. MSU calls timeout with 26 seconds left. Seems like maybe a crazy finish could be in store here. White is fouled, misses both free throws, The Huskers are up 4 with 11 seconds left. Nebraska calls a timeout. (78-74 Neb).
A quick foul by the Spartans sends Shelley to the line, she makes both of them. Last chance layup by Michigan State is no good. Nebraska leaves East Lansing with their first win in conference play.
Nebraska 80 Michigan State 74
Stats and Thoughts
Alexis Markowski led Husker scorers with 13. Other double digit efforts went to Petrie and Shelley (11 apiece), and Potts (10). Every available Husker scored at least three points today.
Markowski dominated the board with 17 rebounds. Shelley added nine assists.
The Huskers shot 48% from the field and 43% from long range, holding MSU to 40% and 15% respectively. After a slow start to the season, Nebraska is heating up from behind the arc. The Huskers outrebounded the Spartans 46-30. MSU won the turnover battle 24-12.
The Huskers will take finals week off and resume play on December 17. They will tipoff vs Southern at noon in Lincoln.