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Nebraska WBB Beats Wisconsin 69-57

The Huskers move to 3-0 in conference play for the first time in over a decade

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

This was a gritty road win for the Huskers who are now 3-0 in conference play. That is the first time to start with three wins since Nebraska became a member of the Big Ten.

Next up is a ranked Indiana team on Sunday.

First Quarter

Each team committed a turnover to start the game. Maddie Krull hit from long distance to start things off and the Badgers answered with a layup (3-2 Neb). Alexis Markowski scored five points on two possessions (8-4 Neb). Scoring came fast and furious as Markowski added to her point total with a second three-pointer (11-6 Neb) at 6:00. The Huskers are rebounding well and challenging the Badgers with solid defense. The Badgers hit their first three-pointer, which was followed by a Husker turnover (13-9 Neb) at the media timeout.

Wisconsin closed the gap out of the break (13-11 Neb). Some back-and forth play allowed the Badgers to tie the game twice before Nebraska went on a mini-run to close the quarter. Markowski scored 11 of Nebraska’s 20 points.

Nebraska 20 Wisconsin 15

Second Quarter

The Huskers held on to the ball with some good offensive rebounding and thanks to Badger fouls. It finally paid off with a jumper by Anni Stewart (22-15 Neb) after a minute. Natalie Potts picked up her second foul. Kendall Coley banked in a three to extend the lead to double digits (25-15 Neb). Coley has always been a very good defender, but she has worked on being a bigger threat on offense this season with good results, especially from three.

A missed bunny shot, two missed free throws, and an couple of empty possessions later, Wisconsin closed the gap (25-18 Neb). Hake’s second three-pointer returned the lead to 10 (28-18 Neb). The Huskers are HOT from long range as Coley and Kendal Moriarty both hit from three and Jess Petrie from midrange (36-25 Neb). Both teams scored again to end the half.

Nebraska 38 Wisconsin 27

Markowski has 11 points and eight rebounds - on pace for her usual double double.

Third Quarter

Both offenses were out of sorts for over a minute. Fortunately, the Huskers broke through the funk first (40-27 Neb) with a basket from Potts. Wisconsin could only manage free throws for the first few minutes, but finally broke through to cut the lead to single digits (42-33 Neb). Potts scored eight straight point for Nebraska but Wiscy is starting to hit from three (46-39 Neb).

After the break, Wisconsin continued their hot ways and closed within three (46-43 Neb). The Husker offense better wake up....and whew! Jaz Shelley does just that (49-43 Neb). A Badger basket, Husker shot clock violation, and another basket kept the pesky Badgers in striking distance.

Nebraska 49 Wisconsin 47

Fourth Quarter

It took nearly two minutes of painful basketball before Darian White broke the seal and increased the lead (51-47 Neb). That margin was maintained as the teams traded threes (Nissley for Nebraska). Scoring was back and forth at a furious pace for a couple of minutes with the Huskers coming out on the better side of it at the media timeout (59-53 Neb).

Nebraska forced Wisconsin into a shot clock violation but then Badgers got payback by not allowing the Huskers to get on their half of the court. The full court press picked off the Huskers twice. The Badgers could not capitalize - fortunately for the Huskers.

Potts increased the breathing room (61-53 Neb) but then Markowski picked up her fourth foul with 1:34 left (non-shooting foul).

Badger basket (61-55 Neb).

Technical foul on Wisconsin (a player blocked Markowski’s shot and then taunted her). Shelley hit both (63-55 Neb). 49 seconds.

The Badgers are starting to foul.

Markowski hits two (65-55 Neb).

Darian White hits one of two (66-55 Neb). 31 seconds.

Darian White hits one of two (67-55 Neb).

Potts makes two (69-55 Neb). 21 seconds.

Wisconsin made two free throws.

Final. Nebraska 69 Wisconsin 57

Stats and Thoughts

This is the first 3-0 conference start for Nebraska since they joined the Big Ten. The Badgers rallied furiously but the Huskers regrouped and pulled away in the end.

The leading scorers for Nebraska were Potts (16), Markowski (13) and Hake (8). Every Husker found the basket at least once. Markowski pulled down 11 rebounds to secure the double double.

Jaz Shelley dished out six assists. Natalie Potts and Darian White each played 30 minutes and committed zero turnovers - that is impressive!

The Huskers shot 44% from the field compared to 36% for Wisconsin. The Badgers outrebounded Nebraska 38-36.

It wasn’t pretty in the third quarter, but a road win in the Big Ten is never easy. The Huskers showed some poise to hold off the Badger rally and secure the win.

Join us for a game thread on Sunday to cheer on the ladies against Indiana!