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LINCOLN — Sophomore Alexis Markowski scored 24 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds as she helped lead the Nebraska women’s basketball team to a 71-53 win over Tarleton.

Markowski said what contributed to her success against the Texans was her focus on finishing and more patience.

According to head coach Amy Williams, their defensive presence stood out more than their points and rebounds.

“She was active tonight, locked up,” Williams said. “Her defense was the best I’ve seen from her in a Husker uniform.”

Veteran guard Sam Haiby also made an appearance, having previously been ruled out for the season with an ACL injury. Guard Allison Weidner was injured in his left eye a minute into the first quarter. Her and Haiby’s status for Puerto Rico is unknown.

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Haiby performed at 4:47 in the first quarter, which caused a burst of cheering from the home crowd. Haiby played just under three minutes in the first quarter, where she had three rebounds. Haiby came back into play in the second quarter, where she assisted Markowski on a layup, extending Nebraska’s 26-15 lead and adding a rebound. Haiby played a total of six minutes in the first half with four rebounds and one assist before limping off the field.

Williams was thrilled to have Haiby back in competition and said her presence brings comfort to the team. Williams credits hard work with getting her back playing.

“She’s a very motivated person,” Williams said. “She has made up her mind to be on the pitch with this team.”

Nebraska struggled to score in the first quarter, missing 14 field goals and eight 3-pointers. Still, the Huskers made early hits against the Texans, led by Isabelle Bourne and Trinity Brady. The Huskers led 12-8 by the end of the first quarter.

Although the Texans came back early in the second quarter, Nebraska responded in the second quarter with a 9-0 goal run at the 6:45 mark. The scoring was led by two layups by Bourne and a 3-pointer by Maddie Krull. The race was interrupted by a layup by Tarleton’s Teresa De Silva.

Two layups from Markowski helped the Huskers take a 31-24 lead by the end of the second half.

Nebraska quickly extended the lead to 40-24 with a 9-0 run after the break. Markowski continued the momentum, scoring the next five points for the Huskers to further extend their lead 45-29 at the 4-46 mark in the third quarter.

Tarleton responded with an eight-point run to close the gap at 45-37 before a 3-pointer from Markowski halted the Texans’ scoring streak. Still, the Texans, led by Teresa De Silva, continued to accumulate points and extended the Huskers’ lead to 48-43 by the end of the third quarter.

In the last quarter, Markowski led the Huskers on an eight-point run and maintained their lead 58-45 with five minutes remaining.

“We got together and talked about things that needed fixing,” Markowski said, “we just settled down and came together as a team.”

While Williams doesn’t think the team played by her standards, she’s proud of the resilience she’s seen from the team.

“We played big games when it was necessary,” Williams said. “We’re delighted with the win and have great respect for Tarleton.”