Nebraska senior outside hitter Madi Kubik was named Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday. 

Kubik led Nebraska to sweeps of Iowa and No. 19 Purdue over the weekend with 5.17 kills per set on .347 hitting to go along with 3.33 digs per set. 

Kubik had a season-high 17 kills with 11 digs while hitting .311 in the victory over the Boilermakers on Sunday. She recorded 14 kills while hitting .407 to go with nine digs in the win at Iowa on Friday. She led the Huskers with 32 total points (5.33 per set) on the weekend.

It marks the fourth career honor for Kubik and first this season. 

Game Week: at Iowa

NEBRASKA at IOWA
NOV. 25, 2022 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
IOWA CITY, IOWA | 3 PM (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - BTN (Brandon Gaudin, Jake Butt, Rick Pizzo)
RADIO NETWORK - Huskers Radio Network (Greg Sharpe, Damon Benning, Jessica Coody)
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App

HUSKERS
Record: 3-8, 2-6 B1G
Last Game: vs. Wisconsin (L, 15-14)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mickey Joseph
Career/NU Record: 15-13 (3rd Year)/2-6 (1st Year)
vs. Iowa: First Meeting

HAWKEYES
Record: 7-4, 5-3 B1G
Last Game: at Minnesota (W, 13-10)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Kirk Ferentz
Career/Iowa Record: 187-135 (27th Year)/185-114 (24th Year)
vs. Nebraska:8-5

SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Nebraska leads, 29-20-3
In Iowa City: Nebraska leads, 10-9
As Big Ten Foes: Iowa leads, 8-3
Last Game: Iowa, 28-21 (11/26/21) (in Lincoln)
Win Streak: Iowa, 7 games

The Matchup
Nebraska completes its 2022 season on Friday when the Huskers square off against Iowa in the schools' annual Black Friday clash. Game time at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium is set for shortly after 3 p.m. with television coverage on BTN.

Nebraska heads into the contest with a 3-8 overall record and a 2-6 mark in Big Ten play. The Huskers suffered another close setback on Saturday, when Wisconsin escaped Lincoln with a 15-14 victory. Nebraska held a 14-3 edge heading into the final quarter, but the Badgers engineered two fourth-quarter touchdown drives for the victory. The loss marked Nebraska's fifth loss this season by seven or fewer points, including four in Big Ten play.

Iowa comes into the contest playing its best football of the 2022 season. The Hawkeyes have won four straight games to put themselves into position for a second straight Big Ten West Division crown and a trip to the Big Ten Championship game. Iowa stands at 7-4 overall and 5-3 in Big Ten play, and a victory on Friday will clinch the Hawkeyes a spot in the conference title game in Indianapolis on Dec. 3.

Iowa is paced by one of the nation's top defenses, allowing just 13.5 points and 273.3 yards per game. The Hawkeye defense has held nine of 11 opponents to 13 or fewer points this season, while scoring four defensive touchdowns.

The teams will battle for the Heroes Trophy for the 12th consecutive season on Friday afternoon. Iowa has won the past seven meetings in the series. The games in recent seasons have been close, with the Hawkeyes winning by a touchdown or less each of the past four years.

Series History: Nebraska vs. Iowa
Friday's game will mark the 53rd all-time meeting between the two schools and the 12th matchup as Big Ten Conference opponents. Nebraska holds a 29-20-3 lead in the all-time series, while Iowa holds an 8-3 advantage since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. The Hawkeyes have won the past seven meetings dating back to a 2014 Husker win at Kinnick Stadium.

• Each of the past four meetings in the series have been decided by seven or fewer points. Iowa kicked game-winning field goals in the final five seconds in back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019, and rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half last year in Lincoln.

• The road team has won seven of the past 10 meetings in the series, including NU wins in Iowa City in 2012 and 2014.

• The schools met 35 times before 1946, but played just six times between 1946 and 2011 when the Huskers joined the Big Ten. Nebraska was ranked in the top seven nationally in each of those six meetings and had a 5-1 record in those matchups.

Nebraska, Iowa to Battle for Heroes Trophy
Nebraska and Iowa will battle for the Heroes Trophy when they hit the field Friday at Kinnick Stadium. The Heroes Game is the annual trophy game between Nebraska and Iowa. The game is sponsored by Scheels.

• While both teams aim to win the trophy on the field, both Nebraska and Iowa wished to make their annual meeting about more than just a football game. With that in mind, the schools partnered to not only create a trophy, but to use their stage to honor a citizen hero from each state. In addition to the trophy claimed by the winner of the game, both an Iowa and Nebraska native will be honored for extraordinary acts. Those individuals will be announced later this week.

Big Red on Black Friday
Nebraska will continue its long-standing tradition of playing on the day after Thanksgiving. This Friday's game with Iowa will mark the 33rd consecutive season the Huskers have played on Black Friday.

• Nebraska met Oklahoma in the final six seasons of the Big Eight Conference (1990 to 1995), then played Colorado in all 15 of the Huskers' Big 12 Conference years (1996 to 2010), before taking on Iowa each of the 12 seasons it has been a Big Ten member, including this year.

• Nebraska is 9-6 on the road in Black Friday games since 1990, including 2-3 at Iowa.

• In addition to playing Iowa on Black Friday the past 11 seasons, Nebraska and Iowa also closed the regular season against each other nine times from 1892 to 1916.

This Week's Numbers
56 - Senior edge rusher Caleb Tannor will play in his 56th game at Nebraska on Friday. He is set to tie the school record for games played held by Cameron Meredith (2008-12). Tannor has played in every game since arriving on campus in 2018.

33 - Nebraska is playing on Black Friday for the 33rd consecutive season dating back to 1990. The Huskers have met Iowa on Thanksgiving Friday the past 12 seasons, and played Colorado (1996-2010) and Oklahoma (1990-95) prior to that.

7 - The Nebraska-Iowa matchup has been decided by seven or fewer points each of the past four seasons. Iowa posted three-point wins on back-to-back last second field goals in 2018 and 2019, and has won by six and seven points, respectively, the past two seasons.

Huskers Take on Texans Tuesday

Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-2)
vs. Tarleton Texans (3-1)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 6 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Tickets: 
Huskers.com / 1-800-8-BIG-RED
Live Video: B1G+ (Student U)
Live Radio: Huskers Radio Network (5:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln (107.3 FM & 1400 AM), Omaha (590 AM)
Huskers.com, Huskers App

Huskers Return Home for First Meeting with Texans 
The Nebraska women's basketball team returns to Lincoln on Tuesday night for the first-ever meeting with Tarleton in any major team sport. Tip-off between the Huskers and Texans at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6 p.m.

A live video stream of NU's game with Tarleton will be available through B1G+ with a Student U broadcast. Fans can listen to the call of Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the Huskers Radio Network (107.3 FM/1400 AM, Lincoln and 590 AM, Omaha), the Huskers App and Huskers.com.

Nebraska's meeting with Tarleton (3-1) will be the lone home game for the Huskers in a seven-game stretch that began with road battles last week at No. 20 Creighton (Nov. 15) and Drake (Nov. 19), before the upcoming two-game Thanksgiving tournament in Puerto Rico. The Big Red will battle Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Nov. 25) and Mississippi State (Nov. 26) at the Puerto Rico Clasico, before embarking on an East Coast swing that includes an ACC/Big Ten Challenge match-up at No. 11 Virginia Tech (Dec. 1) and a Big Ten clash with No. 14 Maryland (Dec. 4). 

In a rare occurrence, Nebraska plans to wear red uniforms at home on Tuesday, primarily because of complications caused by its upcoming Thanksgiving travel plans.

Nebraska's lineup, which includes Naismith Trophy candidates Alexis Markowski and Jaz Shelley, features four returning starters. Markowski, a 6-3 sophomore center, leads Nebraska in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) after a season-high 21-point performance in Saturday's loss at Drake. 

Sophomore Allison Weidner has added 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, while juniors Isabelle Bourne (10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Shelley (9.8 ppg, 7.0 apg) - both from Australia - complete the four returning starters for the Huskers.

While Nebraska features an experienced group of starters, Tarleton is succeeding with a rebuilt starting five from last season's squad that finished with a 16-13 overall record that included an 8-10 WAC mark. The Texans, who are in their third season at the NCAA Division I level, have five new starters after losing their top four scorers from a year ago.

Naismith Trophy and Lisa Leslie Award candidate Alexis Markowski is coming off a 21-point effort at Drake that included a career-high three steals. It followed her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds at No. 20 Creighton. Markowski was the 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection for 2022-23.

Naismith Trophy and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award candidate Jaz Shelley continues to show her strong all-around game, averaging 9.8 points, 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals.

Isabelle Bourne (Canberra, Australia) is a two-time honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Nebraska team captain.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg
40 - Alexis Markowski - 6-3 - So. - C/F - 13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg
1 - Jaz Shelley - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 9.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - So. - G - 2.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg
3 - Allison Weidner - 5-10 - So. - G - 13.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg
Off the Bench
21 - Annika Stewart - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 7.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg
42 - Maddie Krull - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg
32 - Kendall Coley - 6-2 - Fr. - F/G - 4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg
15 - Kendall Moriarty - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
14 - Callin Hake - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 3.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
24 - Nailah Dillard - 5-10 - Gr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
44 - Maggie Mendelson - 6-5 - Fr. - F/C - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Seventh Season at Nebraska (98-86); 16th Season Overall (291-195)

Tarleton Texans (3-1, 0-0 WAC)
32 - Viktoria Ivanova - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
21 - Nyajah Mitchels - 6-4 - Jr. - C - 10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg
4 - Teresa Da Silva - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 13.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg
22 - Tyler Jackson - 5-9 - So. - G - 12.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg
24 - Mayra Caicedo - 5-3 - Sr. - G - 7.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Off the Bench
2 - Elise Turrubiates - 6-0 - So. - F - 9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
12 - Jenna Dick - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 3.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg
11 - Mason Jones - 5-11 - So. - G - 3.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
1 - Chloe Callahan - 5-10 - So. - G - 2.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
31 - Emelia Axelsson - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 1.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
15 - Starr Omozee - 5-10 - Sr. - F - 1.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
33 - Karolina Szydlowska - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
3 - Jordan Wright - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Mindy Wilson (Tarleton, 2001)
Ninth Season at Tarleton/Overall (141-94); Third Season at NCAA D-I (28-30)

Scouting the Tarleton Texans
Coach Misty Wilson is in her ninth season as the head coach at Tarleton, where she has amassed a 141-94 record after a Hall of Fame playing career and more than a decade as an assistant at her alma mater. The 2022-23 campaign marks Tarleton's third season of NCAA Division I competition, and the Texans own a 28-30 record at the D-I level. The Stephenville, Texas school is part of the Texas A&M University system. The Texans compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

Last season, Tarleton finished with a 16-13 overall record that included an 8-10 WAC mark. The Texans feature a rebuilt starting lineup in 2022-23, with five new regular starters to open the season. Tarleton must overcome the loss of each of its top-four leading scorers from 2021-22, but the Texans (3-1) are off to a strong start. In fact, all five starters scored in double figures in Friday's 82-72 win over the College of Charleston at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville.

Newcomer Teresa Da Silva has been a leader in the backcourt. The junior from London, England by way of Arizona Western CC is averaging 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. She has been Tarleton's best from three-point range at 40 percent (6-15), despite going 0-for-2 in the win over the College of Charleston. Da Silva finished with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in the victory. 

Fellow newcomer Mayra Caicedo has joined Da Silva in the starting five for all four games. The 5-3 senior from Buga, Colombia began her career at New Mexico Junior College before competing at the NCAA Division I level at Little Rock. She is averaging 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-best 4.0 assists after an impressive 16-point, six-rebound, five-assist effort that also included three steals in the win over College of Charleston.

Tyler Jackson, a 5-9 sophomore from Allen, Texas, rounds out Tarleton's starting backcourt. The second-year Texan who transferred from Louisiana Tech is averaging 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals after erupting for a career-high 20 points against College of Charleston. She added career bests with six rebounds, four assists and five three-pointers against the Cougars. Last season, she played in all 29 games for Tarleton and averaged 4.8 points, while knocking down 20 three-pointers.

Center Nyajah Mitchell has given Tarleton a strong presence inside. The 6-4 junior center from Jacksonville, N.C., has averaged 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. Last season, she averaged 4.8 points and 2.2 boards behind 6-6 starter Seynabou Thiam (Senegal). Thiam averaged 6.3 points and 6.2 rebounds along with a school-record 63 blocks, which led the WAC. She has not played this season.

Newcomer Viktoria Ivanova (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) and returning forward Emilia Axelsson (Ragunda, Sweden) have split starting time for the Texans. Ivanova, a 5-10 junior guard, has started the last two games and has averaged 10.0 points and 3.5 rebounds on the year. Ivanova notched career highs with 16 points and seven rebounds in the win over the College of Charleston. Axelsson, a 6-1 junior, started Tarleton's first two games this season and has managed 1.3 points and 3.0 rebounds on the young season.  

Elise Turrubiates, a 6-0 sophomore forward, has been a major contributor with 9.0 points and a team-best 5.0 rebounds off the bench. She also leads the Texans with six blocked shots. Turrubiates, who has split minutes equally with Mitchels, has added seven steals. Neither Turrubiates not Mitchels has attempted a three this season.

Experienced returning players Jenna Dick (3.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and Mason Jones (3.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg) give the Texans solid depth.

Tarleton, whose lone loss came on the road at Vanderbilt (84-48, Nov. 15), has been solid statistically in its three wins over Arlington Baptist, North Texas-Dallas and the College of Charleston. Through four games, the Texans are hitting 45.2 percent of their shots from the field, including 30.3 percent (27-89) of their threes. They have also hit 68 percent of their free throws while getting to the line nearly 26 times per game. Tarleton has forced more than 21 fouls per contest on its opponents. The Texans are averaging 73.3 points while allowing just 60.5 points per contest. They owns a plus-8.3 rebound margin, but a minus-0.8 turnover margin.

The Tarleton Texans feature an extraordinarily diverse roster that includes seven international players from seven countries, including Teresa Da Silva (United Kingdom), Jenna Dick (Canada), Mayra Caicedo (Colombia), Seynabou Thiam (Senegal), Emilia Axelsson (Sweden), Viktoria Ivanova (Bulgaria) and Karolina Szydlowska (Poland). The Texans only have four players from the state of Texas (Chloe Callahan, Mason Jones, Tyler Jackson and Starr Omozee).

Tuesday's game will mark Nebraska's first meeting with Tarleton in any major team sport (football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer).

Whittaker Named Nebraska Amateur of the Year

Nebraska women's golfer Megan Whittaker was named the Women's Amateur Golfer of the Year by the Nebraska Golf Association (NGA) on Monday, Nov. 22.

Whittaker, a graduate student from Elkhorn in her fifth season as a Husker golfer, accomplished the 13th sweep of the NGA's women's championships in the summer of 2022. She won her third and fourth NGA titles and her first Women's Golfer of the Year award.

Whittaker, who won the 2016 and 2018 Nebraska Girls' Match Play titles, had a breakthrough summer of 2022, beginning with the 99th Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship at Elks Country Club in Columbus. Whittaker was exceptional throughout the championship, starting with a round of 71 (-1) to share medalist honors and earn the No. 2 seed. She then needed just 55 of a possible 72 holes to win her four matches in the bracket, which included three wins of 6 and 5, and another 3 and 2 win. Whittaker saved her best golf for last, facing Husker teammate Lindsey Thiele of Wahoo in the Final. Whittaker won five of the first seven holes and went on to her third 6 and 5 victory.

Whittaker's performance at the 48th Nebraska Women's Amateur Championship at Wilderness Ridge Country Club in Lincoln was nearly as impressive. She opened with rounds of 70 (-1) and 69 (-2) to jump out to a three-stroke lead, and was the only player to have two rounds in red figures for the championship. Whittaker came home with a final round 74 (+3) to win by two strokes with a 213 (E) total, pulling off the first sweep since Wahoo's Hannah Thiele in 2016.

In addition to her success at the state level, Whittaker produced on the national stage as well. She earned a spot in the 122nd U.S. Women's Amateur Championship through a qualifier at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence, Kan. She eagled the 18th hole to shoot 70 (-2) and get into a 3-for-2 playoff for the final qualifying spots, before securing her spot in the playoff. In the championship at Chambers Bay in Washington, Whittaker shot two rounds of 76 (+3) and missed the cut to match play by just two strokes.

Whittaker will be honored at the Nebraska Golf Association's annual awards banquet on Friday, Dec. 2 at The Field Club of Omaha. In addition, the NGA will recognize its Amateur Golfer of the Year, Girls' Amateur Golfer of the Year, Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year, and Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year.