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Drake’s Takes: Next Week’s Matchup Between Nebraska and Creighton Brings Excitement

November 11, 2022

The opening week of women’s college basketball has already brought plenty of storylines. 

For starters, No. 22 Nebraska began the year strong. The Huskers blew out Nebraska-Omaha, producing a unique box score in which they scored 100 points without a single free throw attempt, along with every player hitting a 3-pointer. 

A win of this size is something you’d expect of a top-25 team early in the season. Top players like Alexis Markowski, Jaz Shelley and Isabelle Bourne played well. Guards Allison Weidner and Maddie Krull had 19 and 18 points, respectively. They’ll both be important this year, especially while Sam Haiby is out. 

The Huskers play Houston Christian tonight, but after that comes a much bigger test. 

Creighton, ranked one spot above Nebraska in the AP Top 25, has probably had the most impressive start of any team in college basketball. The competition for that crown is a bit weak given early-season schedules, but the Bluejays’ opening week should not be ignored.

They sit at 2-0 due to a South Dakota sweep, taking down No. 23 South Dakota State to open the year then blowing out South Dakota — a Sweet 16 team from last year that received top 25 votes — on Thursday. Both games were on the road, too. 

Creighton will return home to face a third team that is either in the top 25 or right on the outside. Open 3-0 against this caliber of opponents would be massive. The Huskers will try to prevent that, though. 

Nebraska won this matchup last year, but both teams are different this time around. Three Husker starters from that contest won’t be on the court on Tuesday. I’d take a wild guess that Markowski won’t play 13 minutes again. 

The Bluejays ended last year better than they started it, reaching the Elite Eight. They lost two starters in the offseason, but retained their top scorers. In their game against South Dakota State, they made big play after big play in the second half to come out on top. 

Guards Lauren Jensen and Morgan Maly are standouts, and will look to give the Huskers problems. They both averaged double-digit points last year, and they’re good shooters. Forward Emma Ronsiek has been quiet through two games, but as the team’s leading scorer in 2021-22, she’s worth watching. 

The matchup in Omaha will be one to watch. It’s the first of many major matchups for the Huskers this year, a team looking to continue to prove itself after a breakout season.

There will be a few more major nonconference tests once December hits. Nebraska’s going to go on the road to play No. 13 Virginia Tech, and its final nonconference matchup will be against Kansas, a team right outside the top 25. 

The Huskers have the opportunity to make the early splashes that teams like Creighton have already made. It’ll be fun to see if they take advantage. Some Big Ten teams have already done so too, such as No. 17 Ohio State taking down No. 5 Tennessee earlier this week. It’s early, but the talent the Huskers are going up against is already on full display.

Nebraska’s not in a place where it’s surprising teams anymore, and is instead expected to compete in these types of games. A tournament appearance exceeded expectations last year, and now some think of a first-round loss as a worst-case scenario for the team.

It’s difficult not to be excited about matchups like Tuesday’s. The state of Nebraska has two really good women’s basketball teams, and they’re getting ready to showcase that against each other.

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