Australian National Program member Jessica Petrie will join the Nebraska women's basketball team for the 2023-24 season, as the 6-2 power forward signed with Head Coach Amy Williams and the Huskers on the opening day of the spring signing period Wednesday, April 12.

Petrie, from Gold Coast, Queensland, is averaging 18 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists through six games for the Basketball Centre of Excellence in Australia's semi-professional NBL1 East Division.

"We are so excited to officially welcome Jess Petrie to the Nebraska Women's Basketball family," Williams said. "Husker fans are going to love watching this exciting young woman grow in her time here in the United States. She is one of the most talented and promising women's basketball players in Australia, and we are very excited to have her joining the Huskers. She has already played with and against some of the best in the world and will continue to do so this summer at the U-19 World Championships representing Australia. She has a tremendous work ethic, and she matches the competitive desires we have in this program."

Petrie starred at three levels for the Australian National Team in the summer of 2022. She averaged 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over five games for the Australian U18 National Team at the FIBA Asian Championship in Bengaluru, India in September. She helped the Australia Gems to a gold medal with a championship game win over China. In a semifinal victory over Taipei, Petrie produced 11 points and three rebounds, after getting eight points, eight rebounds and three assists in a win over Korea.

Her performance at the U18 level followed a seven-game stint with the Australian U17 National Team at the World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary, July 9-17, 2022. She averaged 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists, posting double-doubles against both Belgium and Spain before capping the World Cup with 15 points and nine rebounds in a win over Hungary.

At the 2022 FIBA U16 Asian Championship in Amman, Jordan, June 24-30, Petrie averaged eight points, five rebounds and four assists. In the championship game against Japan, Petrie finished with 12 points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists to help the Sapphires to a 59-58 victory. Her performance against Japan followed a near triple-double in a semifinal win over Korea, when she produced 13 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

Petrie also starred at Lake Ginninderra College, leading the Lakers to the Australian Schools Championship at Gold Coast in December of 2022. Petrie was named to the tournament's all-star five and was the Defensive MVP of the tournament. She averaged 23.8 points, 16.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists at the tournament.

The daughter of Anthony and Sarah (Berry) Petrie, Jessica was born May 17, 2005. Her father was a long-time forward (2007-18) in Australia's NBL, helping the Adelaide 36ers to NBL Grand Final appearances in both 2014 and 2016. In 2009-10, he was second-team All-NBL and was named the NBL's Most Improved Player. He is currently coaching for the Gold Coast Rollers in NBL1. Her mother, Sarah, was a two-time WNBL champion with the Canberra Capitals. Jess has younger sisters, Emma and Holly, and a younger brother, William.

Steinforth Named B1G Field Athlete of the Week

Nebraska sophomore Till Steinforth was named the Big Ten Men's Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. 

Steinforth captured the decathlon title on Friday at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., posting nine personal-best marks and six event wins. Steinforth tallied 7,845 points through the 10 events, moving him up to second in the NCAA and fourth in school history.

This is the second career Big Ten weekly award for Steinforth. He was also the Big Ten Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 8. 

Steinforth opened the decathlon on Thursday with an 100m victory in 10.69 and a long jump win with a personal-best mark of 25-2 (7.67m). In the shot put, Steinforth threw for 45-9 (13.94m) to lead the decathletes. He closed the day with a third-place finish in the high jump with a personal-best 6-4 3/4 (1.95m) and a runner-up finish in the 400m with a personal-best 49.42. 

After taking three decathlon events on Thursday, Steinforth opened Friday with a decathlon 110m hurdles victory in 14.52. He pitched in another personal-best performance in the pole vault, clearing 16-0 3/4 (4.90m) to win it, moving him up to first in the overall decathlon standings with two events remaining. 

In the javelin, Steinforth threw for 181-2 (55.22m) to gather his sixth win. Steinforth covered the track in 4:52.50 during the 1500m to cap off his 10 events and secure the title.

Huskers Head to Illinois for Pair of Top-30 Matches

The No. 45 ranked Nebraska men's tennis team (12-7, 4-2 Big Ten) heads to Illinois for a pair of matches against No. 23 Northwestern on Friday, April 14, at 6 p.m. CT in Evanston, and against No. 26 Illinois on Sunday, April 16, at 12 p.m. CT in Urbana-Champaign. Live stats will be available on Huskers.com, and updates will be posted on @HuskerMTennis on Twitter.
 
Scouting Northwestern (15-7, 4-1 Big Ten)
• The Wildcats are coming off a 4-3 victory over in-state rival No. 23 Illinois on Sunday. This win helped Northwestern jump from No. 26 to No. 23 in this week's ITA team rankings.
• In addition to its team ranking, Northwestern has two single players ranked, with Steven Forman coming in at No. 71 and Ivan Yatsuk at No. 111. The Wildcats also have three double pairings ranked: Simon Bratholm and Yatsuk (No. 45), Forman and Bratholm (No. 69) and Gleb Blekher and Yatsuk (No. 83).
 
Series History
Nebraska is 0-13 all-time against Northwestern, with the last matchup coming in the 2022 Big Ten Tournament, which the Huskers dropped 4-0.
 
Scouting Illinois (15-9, 3-2 Big Ten)
• Illinois is 7-1 at home this season, with its only loss coming to No. 3 Ohio State.
• The Fighting Illini are scattered all over the ITA rankings, boasting the No. 50 ranked doubles duo of Karlis Ozolins and Hunter Heck, and the No. 52 ranked duo of Mathis Debru and Oliver Okonkwo.
• Ozolins is also ranked No. 46 in singles. Alex Petrov is the other Illinois ranked singles player at No. 88. 
 
Series History
Nebraska is 1-10 all-time against Illinois, with the one win coming on April 8, 2022, in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers won 4-2.
 
Huskers Continue to Sit in Top 50 of ITA Team Rankings
After defeating No. 75 Indiana and Purdue this past weekend, the Huskers jumped two spots to No. 45 in the ITA tennis rankings. This is the seventh straight week that Nebraska has been ranked inside the top 50. The highest end-of-season team ranking for Nebraska was No. 41 in the 2009-10 season.
 
Up Next
The Huskers head to Madison, Wisc., for the final match of the regular season on Saturday, April 22, at 12 p.m. Following that match, Nebraska will prepare for the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind., from Thursday, April 27, through Sunday, April 30.

Two Huskers Earn All-Region Accolades

Two members of the University of Nebraska bowling team were selected to the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-Region Teams announced Wednesday.
 
Senior Crystal Elliott and freshman Jillian Martin were both first-team honorees in the Central Region. Both Huskers will be considered for All-America honors when the NTCA announces its All-Americans Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Elliott was named a first-team Central Region selection for the second time in her career, as she averaged 211.6 on the season heading into this week's NCAA Championships. She is currently ranked No. 4 nationally in individual scoring average and has posted three top-five finishes this season, including an individual title at the Stormin' Blue and White Vegas Classic. Elliott will be looking for her second first-team All-America award, as she was a first-team honoree and NTCA Bowler of the Year in 2021.

Martin is honored for the first time her career with a first-team selection. She competed in all nine regular-season tournaments and posted three top-five finishes and five top-10 performances.  She is currently ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring average with a 215.7. Martin was the MVP of the Motiv Penguin Classic and placed second at the Bearcat Roto Grip Open earlier this season. In addition, Martin won the National Amateur Championship and was also named to the 2023 Team USA in January.

There are two all-region teams – Northeast and Central – which select 16 student-athletes per region. Each team includes six first-team honorees, five second-team selections and five honorable-mention picks.

The Huskers will face McKendree in the first round of the National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship Friday morning at 11 a.m. (central) at the South Point Bowling Plaza. Fans can follow along on Husker bowling social media channels and watch live on NCAA.com.

13 Huskers Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

A total of 13 Nebraska football players were honored Wednesday morning, as they were named to the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.

The players, all members of the 2022 Husker football team, include Brant BanksTimmy BleekrodeBrian BuschiniEteva Mauga-ClementsColton FeistTrent HixsonChris KolarevicWyatt LiewerSimon OtteCameron PieperCasey ThompsonTravis Vokolek and Brady Weas. Of the 13 honorees, three are back for the 2023 season, including Timmy BleekrodeBrian Buschini and Casey Thompson.

Players could qualify if they graduate this spring/summer and completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2022 or if they have already graduated who competed at least three years of college football. All student-athletes on the team maintained a cumulative 3.20 GPA throughout their college careers and were starters or significant contributors during the 2022 season.

The Hampshire Society recipients continues Nebraska football's tradition of academic excellence. Husker football has 108 Academic All-Americans in program history, including nine NCAA Today's Top-10 Award winners.