This one belonged to the Hoosiers from the start. They started strong and only got stronger as the game went along.
Turnovers marked the first possession for each team - that along with missed shots. Alexis Markowski powered the Huskers to points and score was 4-3 Neb at 7:00. The Hoosiers went on a six point run before Markowski again found the basket (9-6 Ind). After trading baskets, Indiana went on another run to take a seven point lead (19-12 Ind) with 90 seconds left in the quarter.
The Hoosiers extended their lead to eight before a buzzer beating three by Markowski closed the gap to five.
Indiana 20 Nebraska 15
Defense ruled the first 90 seconds as each team could only manage a basket apiece (22-17 Ind). Back and forth play for a couple of baskets led to an Indiana run and double digit lead (32-21 Ind) midway through the quarter.
The Huskers tried to keep pace with Callin Hake managing to draw an offensive foul on the Hoosiers. Then, the Hoosiers put on a spurt to grow the lead to 15 (39-26 Ind) before the Huskers answered (39-26 Ind). Indiana maintained that margin into the half.
Indiana 42 Nebraska 29
Alexis Markowski is leading Nebraska with 14 points and six rebounds. Both she and Jaz Shelley have two personal fouls - that is something to keep an eye on. The Hoosiers are shooting an unreal 61% from the field. Hopefully they cool off in the second half.
Indiana opened the quarter with a six point run and Nebraska answered with one of their own (48-35 Ind). That margin held for several minutes until the Huskers went on a run to close the gap to seven (55-48 Ind). The Hoosiers answered with a five point burst of their own (60-48 Ind).
Indiana wasn’t done there as they extended the scoring run seven more points (67-48 Ind) before the Huskers grabbed a free throw (Jess Petrie). However, the Hoosiers enjoyed a 20 point advantage at the break.
Indiana 69 Nebraska 49
The margin only got wider for the Hoosiers as the Huskers looked discombobulated and out of sorts on both ends of the floor. The margin varied between 21 and 24 points.
(Apologies for the lack of details - I was watching a Jackrabbit touchdown drive in the FCS championship.)
Final. Indiana 91 Nebraska 69
Stats and Thoughts
Indiana’s offense was ON FIRE as they shot 61% from the field. Nebraska is a good defensive team, but the Hoosiers picked them apart.
Alexis Markowski led Nebraska with 21 and Logan Nissley scored 13. Natalie Potts had nine. Markowski had six rebounds and Darian White five assists.
Nebraska committed 19 turnovers to 14 for Indiana. The Hoosiers held the rebounding edge 30-29. Nebraska’s bench outscored Indiana 28-11.
Next up is Illinois on Thursday at 7 pm (central)