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Jaz Shelley Records Triple-Double in Huskers’ Blowout Win

November 20, 2021

The triple-double came together on one possession for Nebraska’s Jaz Shelley.

The Huskers were already up 50, but the Oregon transfer came into the final period with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. 

Nebraska opened the quarter with back-to-back threes, one of them from Shelley. On the next possession, she grabbed an offensive rebound, her 10th board of the game and kicked it out for the three, which would’ve counted as her 10th assist. The shot missed.

However, the chance didn’t end there. Ashley Scoggin, Nebraska’s leading scorer on the day, grabbed an offensive rebound. The ball found its way to Shelley again, and she hit Annika Stewart for a 3-point attempt that went in. 

In just 20 minutes played, Shelley secured the program’s fourth-ever triple-double. 

“I think it’s awesome,” she said postgame. “I love that it’s here, I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else and this program means so much to me already. So it’s kind of cool to be able to put my name in the books.”

Guard Sam Haiby, who was out with a lower leg injury, was one of the main ones keeping track of Shelley’s numbers as she approached the mark. Stewart added that she was conscious of the situation when taking the shot to seal it. 

“I was aware, and I was like, ‘I gotta make this for Jaz,’” she said. 

The feat was just one of many things to celebrate as the Huskers scored 113 points, tied for the fourth-most in program history, in their win over North Carolina Central.

“I’m just really excited today,” head coach Amy Williams said. “It was fun to watch some of the things that happened in a historical ballgame.”

Despite the offensive explosion, the Huskers actually started the game off slow. Neither team scored for almost two-and-a-half minutes to begin the contest, with Nebraska missing layups and turning the ball over. 

But from there, Nebraska turned it on. Shelley got the scoring started to spark a 10-0 run that took just over a minute of game time. The Huskers extended that lead to 26-9 by the end of the first quarter, and didn’t let up.

The second quarter featured more of the same, without the slow start. After the Eagles hit two free throws to make the score 38-17, Nebraska finished the half on a 21-2 run to lead by 40 halfway through the game.  

In the second half, the most intriguing story was Shelley’s pursuit of the triple-double. She reached double-digits in the third quarter with another 3-pointer, and added three rebounds and four assists in the period before sealing it early in the fourth. 

Shelley wasn’t the only one with a standout all-around performance. Allison Weider played 17 minutes off the bench, and finished with eight points, rebounds and assists each.

The Huskers finished with 28 total assists, and shot 14-of-28 from beyond the arc. Scoggin, Shelley and Stewart accounted for 10 of those. 

“All of us can shoot it,” Scoggin said, referring to the trio. “Which like, how are you gonna guard all three of us? So obviously it is contagious, but we also know that when it’s time, either one of us can hit that for sure.”

This is the first time Nebraska has scored 100 or more points three times in a season. Williams was more proud of the team’s ability to move the ball, as it finished with 28 assists and every player scored. 

Next week, the Huskers will play away from home for the first time this season and look to stay undefeated in a tournament in San Diego. From there, the competition level will only rise, and Williams’ team is ready for the challenge. 

“The big thing right now is that there’s a great focus on the details of what needs to happen in order for us to be successful,” she said. “When you have a team that can adjust to the things that need to happen in the flow of a game, then I think that can be pretty special.”

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