Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-2)
against the Tarleton Texans (3-1)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 6:00 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 and 1400 AM), Omaha (590 AM)
Huskers.com, Huskers app

Huskers head 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. The tip between the Huskers and Texans at Pinnacle Bank Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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

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

In a rare case, Nebraska plans to wear red uniforms at home on Tuesday, primarily due to complications with its upcoming Thanksgiving travel plans.

Nebraska’s lineup, which includes Naismith Trophy contenders 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 against Drake.

Second year Allison Weidner added 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, while the juniors Isabelle Bourne (10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Shelley (9.8 ppg, 7.0 apg) — both Aussies — round out the four returning starters for the Huskers.

While Nebraska has an experienced starting lineup, Tarleton succeeds with a rebuilt starting five from last season’s team that finished with a 16-13 overall record that included an 8-10 WAC mark. The Texans, in their third season at the NCAA Division I level, have five new starters after losing their top four scorers a year ago.

Naismith Trophy and Lisa Leslie Award nominee Alexis Markowski coming off a 21-point effort at Drake that included a career-high three interceptions. That followed his 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 nominee Jaz Shelley continues to show his solid all-around game, averaging 9.8 points, 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals.

Isabelle Bourne (Canberra, Australia) is a two-time All-Big Ten selection and 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 – Fri – 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 – Fri – F/C – 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
The 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 – Junior – L – 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. – W – 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
The Head Coach: Mindy Wilson (Tarleton, 2001)
Ninth season at Tarleton/Global (141-94); Third season at NCAA DI (28-30)

Tarleton Texans scouting
Coach Misty Wilson is in her ninth season as head coach at Tarleton, where she amassed a 141-94 record after a Hall of Fame playing career and more than a decade as a coach. assistant at her alma mater. The 2022-23 campaign marks Tarleton’s third season in NCAA Division I competition, and the Texans own a 28-30 record at the DI level. The school in Stephenville, Texas 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 which 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 scorers from 2021-22, but the Texans (3-1) are off to a good 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 via Arizona Western CC is averaging 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. She led Tarleton from three-point range at 40% (6-15), despite going 0-for-2 in the win over College of Charleston. Da Silva finished with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in the win.

Newcomer Mayra Caicedo 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 in Little Rock. She is averaging 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-high 4.0 assists after an impressive 16-point, six-rebound and five-assist effort that also included three steals in the win over College of Charleston.

Rounding out Tarleton’s starting backcourt is Tyler Jackson, a 5-9 sophomore from Allen, Texas. 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 hitting a career-high 20 points against College of Charleston . She added career highs 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-point shots.

Center Nyajah Mitchell has given Tarleton a strong inside presence. The 6-4 junior center from Jacksonville, NC, averaged 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. Last season, she averaged 4.8 points and 2.2 boards behind starter 6-6 Seynabou Thiam (Senegal). Thiam averaged 6.3 points and 6.2 rebounds with a school-best 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) split starting time for the Texans. Ivanova, a 5-10 junior guard, started the last two games and averaged 10.0 points and 3.5 rebounds on the year. Ivanova hit career highs with 16 points and seven rebounds in the win over College of Charleston. Axelsson, a 6-1 junior, started Tarleton’s first two games this season and had 1.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in the young season.

Elise Turrubiates, a 6-0 sophomore forward, was a major contributor with 9.0 points and a team-high 5.0 rebounds off the bench. She also leads the Texans with six blocked shots. Turrubiates, who shared the minutes evenly with Mitchels, added seven interceptions. Neither Turrubiates nor Mitchels have 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), was statistically strong in its three wins over Arlington Baptist, North Texas-Dallas and the College of Charleston. In four games, the Texans are shooting 45.2 percent from the field, including 30.3 percent (27-89) of their three. They also hit 68% of their free throws while reaching the line nearly 26 times per game. Tarleton imposed more than 21 fouls per fight on his opponents. The Texans are averaging 73.3 points while allowing just 60.5 points per game. They have a rebound margin of over 8.3, but a turnover margin of less than 0.8.

The Tarleton Texans feature an extraordinarily diverse roster that includes seven international players from seven countries, including Teresa Da Silva (UK), Jenna Dick (Canada), Mayra Caicedo (Colombia), Seynabou Thiam (Senegal), Emilia Axelsson (Sweden) , Viktoria Ivanova (Bulgaria) and Karolina Szydlowska (Poland). The Texans have just four players from Texas State (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 (soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer).