Strong second half lifts Huskers to win over Samford
LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska Athletics) – Sophomores Alexis Markowski and Allison Weidner both produced double-doubles, as Nebraska used a huge second half on its way to a 71-46 women’s basketball win over Samford at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday night.Markowski, a 6-3 center from Lincoln, Neb., put up game highs of 16 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots to power the Huskers inside, while Weidner, a 5-10 guard from Humphrey, Neb., added 15 points and 11 boards to go along with a game-high five steals. A third sophomore, 6-1 guard Kendall Moriarty, added a career-high 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers in the second half, to help spark Nebraska (8-3, 2-0 Big Ten). Samford slipped to 4-8 with the loss, despite leading 16-15 at the end of the lowest-scoring first-half in Husker women’s basketball history. Jaz Shelley added 15 points and a game-high six assists, including 10 points in the fourth quarter.
After a low-scoring first half, the Huskers outscored Samford 56-30 in the second half and hit a scorching 10-of-17 threes in the final 20 minutes. It marks the first time in school history that Nebraska has hit double-digit threes in three consecutive games. Nebraska went to the halftime locker room and chose to start over. All the Huskers unlaced their shoes, took them off, and then put them on again to begin the second half. It took only a few moments for the symbolic gesture to kick start Nebraska. Fourteen seconds into the third quarter, Weidner gave the Big Red its first lead with her driving layup. Nebraska will take Finals Week off from competition before returning to Pinnacle Bank Arena to host Wyoming on Sunday, Dec. 18. Tip-off between the Huskers and Cowgirls is set for 2 p.m.