NU Notes: Jackson Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Nebraska middle blocker Andi Jackson was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday, the conference office announced.
Jackson averaged 2.13 kills per set and 1.13 blocks per set with a blistering .714 hitting percentage in Nebraska's 3-1 wins over Northwestern and Illinois last week.
The Brighton, Colo., native had eight kills and six blocks while hitting .600 in the win over the Wildcats last Wednesday. She followed that performance on Sunday with nine kills and three blocks and a career-best .818 hitting percentage against the Fighting Illini on Sunday.
For the season, Jackson is averaging 2.16 kills per set and 1.10 digs per set with a .423 hitting percentage, which ranks second among Big Ten players and 11th in the nation.
Jackson is the third different Husker freshman to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season, joining Harper Murray and Bergen Reilly.
Big Ten Weekly Awards (Nov. 13)
Player: Raven Colvin – Purdue
Defensive: Lourdès Myers – Purdue
Setter: Mac Podraza – Penn State
Co-Freshman: Andi Jackson – Nebraska
Co-Freshman: Chloe Chicoine – Purdue
POTTS EARNS BIG TEN FRESHMAN HONOR
Lincoln - Nebraska's Natalie Potts captured the initial Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of the 2023-24 season, when the conference announced its women's basketball awards on Monday, Nov. 13.
Potts, a 6-2 forward from O'Fallon, Mo., averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block while making a pair of starts in the first week of the regular season. Potts helped the Huskers to a 2-0 record by providing a disruptive presence on defense and efficiency on the offensive end.
In Nebraska's 71-52 victory at Wyoming (Nov. 10), Potts hit 6-of-7 shots from the field, including a three-pointer, on her way to 15 points. The two-time Missouri High School Player of the Year was a major contributor to an 18-0 first-half run that put the Huskers in control, and a decisive 19-2 second-half surge that sealed the victory.
In the Big Red's season-opening win over Northwestern State, Potts put up 10 points, five rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block in less than 20 minutes of action. She was on the court for almost the entirety of Nebraska runs of 16-0 (1st quarter), 12-0 (2nd quarter) and 10-0 (3rd) quarter against the Lady Demons. She also connected on 5-for-7 shots from the field.
For the week, Potts hit 11-of-14 field goal attempts (.786), including 10-of-11 two-point tries (.909).
In addition to Potts being named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, junior center Alexis Markowski earned mention on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll. Markowski averaged 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds, including game highs of 17 points and 13 boards in the win at Wyoming. Markowski scored the first 10 points of Nebraska's decisive 19-2 second-half surge against the Cowgirls.
Potts, Markowski and the rest of the Huskers will be back in action at home on Tuesday night, when Nebraska plays host to Alcorn State. Tip-off between the Big Red and Lady Braves is set for 7 p.m. with tickets available at Huskers.com.
HUSKERS BACK HOME TO BATTLE BRAVES
The Nebraska women’s basketball team returns home to take on Alcorn State Tuesday night.
Tip-off between the Huskers (2-0) and Lady Braves (0-1) is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena with tickets available now at Huskers.com/Tickets or by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) at 1-800-8-BIG-RED. Tuesday's contest will be Nebraska's Military Appreciation game.
A live video stream will be available to subscribers of B1G+ with a BTN Student U broadcast team.
Nebraska fans can listen across the Huskers Radio Network, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 590 AM in Omaha, the Huskers App and Huskers.com, as Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch team up for their 23rd season together calling the action. Pregame starts at 6:30 p.m. (CT).
The Huskers improved to 2-0 with an impressive 71-52 road win at Wyoming on Friday night. The Cowgirls won 23 games and advanced to the second round of the 2023 Postseason WNIT.
Alexis Markowski led the Huskers with game highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds to notch her first double-double of the season and 22nd of her career. Markowski scored the first 10 points of a decisive 19-2 Nebraska surge to close the third quarter and start the fourth, turning a four-point lead into a 21-point cushion midway through the final period. Markowski is averaging a double-double with 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds through two games.
Fellow preseason All-Big Ten performer Jaz Shelley added 15 points and game highs of seven assists and three steals. Shelley leads the Huskers with 16.0 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals to go along with 4.5 rebounds per game.
Freshman Natalie Potts completed a sensational opening week of her college career with 15 points of her own at Wyoming. Through two games as a starter, the two-time Missouri High School Player of the Year is averaging 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block.
Darian White contributed 11 points at Wyoming in another strong start as a newcomer to the Husker lineup. White averaged 12.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the opening week of her Husker career. White was a four-year starter and three-time All-Big Sky performer at Montana State.
Through two games, Nebraska has shown explosive offense and shutdown defense. At Wyoming, the Huskers produced an 18-0 first-half run and a decisive 19-2 second-half surge to power their way to victory. In the opener, Nebraska produced runs of 16-0, 12-0 and 10-0.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
vs. Alcorn State Lady Braves (0-1, 0-0 SWAC)
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Special Event: Military Appreciation
Tickets: Huskers.com/Tickets - 1-800-8-BIG-RED
Live Video: B1G+ (subscription)
Live Stats: Huskers.com (StatBroadcast)
Live Radio: Huskers Radio Network (6:30 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln (107.3 FM), Omaha (590 AM), Huskers.com, Huskers App
Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
22 - Natalie Potts - 6-2 - Fr. - F/G - 12.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
40 - Alexis Markowski - 6-3 - Jr. - C/F - 15.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg
0 - Darian White - 5-6 - Gr. - G - 12.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg
1 - Jaz Shelley - 5-9 - Gr. - G - 16.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
15 - Kendall Moriarty - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 1.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
Off the Bench
21 - Annika Stewart - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
14 - Callin Hake - 5-9 - So. - G - 9.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
12 - Jessica Petrie - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
2 - Logan Nissley - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 1.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
32 - Kendall Coley - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Eighth Season at Nebraska (116-99); 17th Season Overall (309-208)
Alcorn State Lady Braves (0-1, 0-0 SWAC)
2 - Nakia Cheatham - 6-0 - Sr. - G/F - 8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
5 - Destiny Brown - 6-3 - Jr. - F - 3.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
1 - Ashanti Backus - 5-4 - Sr. - G - 3.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
11 - Zy’nyia White - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
24 - Kiarra Henderson - 5-9 - Sr. - G/F - 5.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Off the Bench
21 - Akryiale Ford - 6-2 - Gr. - F - 8.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
15 - Jeanee Anderson - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
0 - Jazmine Jackson - 5-8 - So. - G - 2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
30 - Maya Claytor - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
32 - Milia Gibson - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
14 - Arene Iyekekpolor - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Nate Kilbert (MVSU, 1987)
Fourth Season at Alcorn State (22-53); 22nd Season Overall (201-399)
• Nebraska used an 18-0 first-half run and a decisive 19-2 second-half surge to power its way to a 71-52 victory at Wyoming (Nov. 10).
• Alexis Markowski led four Huskers in double figures with 17 points and 13 rebounds to notch her first double-double of the season. Jaz Shelley and Natalie Potts each contributed 15 points, while Darian White added 11. Those four Husker starters have produced double figures in each of Nebraska’s two wins to open the season.
• Nebraska jumped to a 46-12 halftime lead on its way to a 90-42 home-opening win over Northwestern State (Nov. 6). The 12 points allowed marked the second-fewest given up by the Big Red in a first half in school history, trailing only 10 points surrendered to Illinois in the first half in 2018. Nebraska’s 46 points scored exceeded any first half for the Huskers in 2022-23.
• The Huskers had six players produce double figures in points against Northwestern State, marking the first time Nebraska accomplished that feat since a 90-61 season-opening win over Oral Roberts on Dec. 4, 2020.
• The Huskers have hit at least one three in 466 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two threes in 345 consecutive games.
• Nebraska has hit 10 or more threes 28 times in the last 75 games, including 15 times in 2022-23. The Huskers opened 2023-24 with 10 three-pointers in a win over Northwestern State (Nov. 6, 2023). Nebraska knocked down a 2022-23 season-high 14 threes in a season-opening win over Omaha (Nov. 7, 2022).
• Through the first 20 seasons with the three-point shot in women’s basketball (1988-2007), Nebraska hit 10 threes in a game just six times (591 games).