Huskers Battle Bulldogs Saturday – University of Nebraska

#22/#22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1)
at Drake Bulldogs (1-1)
Saturday, November 19, 2022 2pm (CT)
Knapp Center – Des Moines, Iowa
Live video:
ESPN+
Live Radio: Huskers Radio Network (1:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln (107.3FM), Omaha (105.9FM)
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Huskers try to hit back at Bulldogs
The No. 22 Nebraska women’s basketball team is looking to recover from their first loss of the season when the Huskers travel to Des Moines on Saturday afternoon to take on Drake. Tip-off between the Big Red (2-1) and the Bulldogs (1-1) at the Knapp Center is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.

A live video stream of Nebraska’s game against Drake will be available on ESPN+. Fans can hear Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch’s call on the Huskers Radio Network (107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha), the Huskers App and on Huskers.com.

Nebraska was ranked 22nd in both the AP and USA Today/WBCA Top 25 preseason rankings and remained ranked 22nd in the regular season first rankings this week. Drake gets votes in this week’s AP poll.

The Huskers suffered their first setback in their first away game on Tuesday at No. 20 Creighton. The Bulldogs, who will play Creighton in Omaha on December 10, suffered their first loss on Sunday with a 92-86 overtime setback against No. 4 Iowa at the Knapp Center.

Nebraska’s lineup, which includes Naismith Trophy candidates Alexis Markowski and Jaz Shelley, boasts four repeat starters averaging double digits. second grader Allison Wiedner leads with 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while classmate Markowski added 11.0 points and a team-leading 8.3 boards. juniors Isabelle Bourne (11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Shelley (10.0 ppg, 7.3 apg) – both from Australia – complete the four returning starters for the Huskers.

Drake also has four returning starters in his roster and all five current starters are averaging double digits over two games. Fifth-year senior Grace Berg leads the Bulldog starters with 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while senior Maggie Bair has served with 15.0 points and 7.0 boards. Senior Sarah Beth Gueldner (11.0 ppg), the newcomer to the Drake Starting Five, and senior Megan Meyer (10.5 ppg) bring plenty of experience to the Bulldogs. Sophomore Katie Dinnibier added 15.0 points per game.

Naismith Trophy and Lisa Leslie Award nominee Alexis Markowski comes off her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds in Creighton. Markowski was the 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a preseason All-Big Ten first-team selection for 2022-23.

Nominee for the Naismith Trophy and the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Jaz Shelley continues to show off her strong all-around play, averaging 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and team bests of 7.3 assists and 3.3 steals. The 5-9 guard from Moe, Australia led Nebraska by 14 points at Creighton.

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

#22/#22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
34 – Isabelle Bourne – 6-2 – Jr. – F – 11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg
40 – Alexis Markowski – 6-3 – So. – C/F – 11.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg
1 – Jaz Shelley – 5-9 – Jr – G – 10.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
2 – Trinity Brady – 5-11 – So. – G – 3.3ppg, 2.3rpg
3 – Allison Wiedner – 5-10 – So. – G – 14.7 ppg, 7.7 rpm
From the bank
21 – Annika Steward – 6-3 – Fr. – F – 7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
42 – Maddie Krull – 5-9 – So. – G – 7.0 ppg, 0.7 rpm
32 – Kendall Coley – 6-2 – Fr. – F/G – 4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpm
fifteen – Kendall Moriarty – 6-1 – Fr. – G – 4.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
14 – Callin Hake – 5-9 – Fr. – G – 4.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg
4 – Sam Haiby – 5-9 – Gr. – G – 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpm
24 – Nailah Dillard – 5-10 – size. – G – 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpm
44 – Maggie Mendelson – 6-5 – Fr. – F/C – 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
head coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Seventh Season in Nebraska (98-85); 16th season total (291-194)

Drake Bulldogs (1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
43 – Grace Berg – 6-0 – RSr. – F – 19.0ppg, 8.0rpg
42 – Maggie Bair – 6-3 – Sr. – F – 15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
10 – Katie Dinnebier – 5-8 – So. – G – 15.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
11 – Megan Meyer – 5-8 – Sr. – G – 10.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
34 – Sarah Beth Gueldner – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 11.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
From the bank
32 – Courtney Becker – 6-0 – Jr – F – 4.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
3-Taylor McAulay-5-11-RJr. – G – 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg
14 – Anna Miller – 6-3 – So. – F – 3.0ppg, 9.0rpg
12 – Ashley Iiams – 6-1 – So. – F – 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg
30 – Taedyn Gray – 6-2 – Fr. – F – 0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
21 – Ava Hawthorne – 5-9 – Fri. – G – 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpm
head coach: Allison Pohlman (Northern Iowa, 2000)
Second season at Creighton (21-15); Second season overall (21-15)

Scouting the Drake Bulldogs
Sophomore head coach Allison Pohlman brings Drake into Saturday’s game with a 1-1 record, a solid 80-67 home win over Green Bay (Nov. 7) and a 92-86 loss in overtime vs. #4 Iowa at Knapp includes center in Des Moines (Nov. 13). The Bulldogs get votes in this week’s AP poll.

Pohlmann, who served as an assistant coach at Drake for 14 years before taking the lead with Jennie Baranczyk’s departure to Oklahoma prior to last season, led the Bulldogs to a 20-14 record a year ago. Drake had two wins in postseason WNIT before falling to South Dakota State at Brookings. The Bulldogs went 9-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Drake’s 2021-22 season included an 89-68 loss in Nebraska on December 19. The Huskers went 11-0 with a win and picked up 15 points and 10 rebounds from the bench Alexis Markowski. Sam Haiby added 15 points, three rebounds and a team-high four assists. Allison Wiedner added 10 points, five boards and three assists from the bench.

Former Iowa Hawkeye Megan Meyer led Drake with 16 points while Maggie Bair added 14 points and four rebounds. Grace Berg contributed 11 points and six assists, while Anna Miller came off the bench with 10 points and five rebounds.

Drake is bringing back four of his five starters from last season, and all five of his starters this season are going into the Nebraska game averaging double-digit points.

Berg, a 6-0 redshirt forward, leads the Bulldogs in scoring (19.0 ppg) while he ranks second on the team in rebounding (8.0 rpg). She is also tied for the team lead with 3.5 assists and leads the team with 2.0 steals per contest. Berg had 18 points and nine rebounds in the loss to Iowa.

Bair, a 6-3 senior forward, has added 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in just 18 minutes per game in two contests. She had 13 points and six boards in just 19 minutes in the overtime loss to Iowa. Bair and Berg have combined on 24 of 43 (.558) shots from the field, including 5 of 10 (.500) three-pointers, while walking 15 of 21 (.714) at the line.

Meyer (10.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Katie Dinnebier (15.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg) return in Drake’s starting backcourt. Dinnebier, a 5-8 sophomore, is the only non-senior in Bulldog to start at five. She led Drake with 24 points, four assists and two steals in the loss to Iowa. Meyer, a 5-8 guard, was the only Bulldog to start all 34 games and led Drake with 72 three-pointers (.336) a year ago. She had 11 points and four rebounds in Sunday’s loss to her former teammates.

Sarah Beth Gueldner, a 5-9 senior guard, is the freshman on the Drake starting lineup. Gueldner played in 31 games off the bench for the Bulldogs last year, averaging 4.0 points and 1.1 rebounds. In two games as a starter this year, Gueldner is averaging 11.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. She leads Drake with six threes (.462), including 4-of-8 shooting, to finish with 12 points and four boards in the loss to Iowa.

Although Drake has to make up for the loss of starter Maddie Petersen (7.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.7 apg), the Bulldogs have an experienced reliable bench.

Courtney Becker, a 6-0 junior forward, has averaged 4.0 points and 6.0 rebounds earlier this season after averaging 4.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in all 34 games last season would have.

Anna Miller, a 6-3 sophomore, played all 34 games for the Bulldogs last season, including two starts. She averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while leading Drake with 50 blocks in the season. She has 3.0 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds this year while ranking eighth nationally with 3.5 blocks per contest.

Taylor McAulay, a 5-11 Redshirt junior guard, has contributed 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds this season after missing all of last season through injury. She played four games as a true freshman and participated in 18 games in the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season.

As a team, Drake averages 83 points per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field, with 33.3 percent from three-point range. The Bulldogs also hit 70.7 percent of their free throws. They have a plus 7.5 rebound margin but a minus 6.5 turnover margin while committing 18 turnovers per game. Opponents have scored 79.5 points per game while hitting 40.4 percent of their shots, including 30.2 percent of their three-pointers.


History of the series Nebraska vs. Drake
Nebraska leads with Drake in the all-time series by 12-10, including last season’s 89-68 win in Lincoln (December 19, 2021).

Drake has a 7-6 lead over the Huskers in Lincoln dating back to the first meeting between the teams on March 1, 1980, which the Bulldogs won 71-65. Drake also defeated NU 83-77 on November 7, 2018 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, ending Nebraska’s 12-game winning streak in the season opener at home.

The Big Red lead 5-3 in the series at just under center, including an 89-84 double overtime win over the Bulldogs on December 9, 2017.

Nebraska also has a 64-63 win over Drake in the only neutral site meeting between the teams, which took place on March 8, 1980. Although technically a location neutral game, it was also played in Des Moines.

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