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Nebraska's Isabelle Bourne earns two player-of-the-week awards

Nebraska's Isabelle Bourne earns two player-of-the-week awards

Penn State vs. Nebraska, 2.21

Nebraska's Isabelle Bourne (center) scores against Penn State's Johnasia Cash (left) and Maddia Burke (second left) in the third quarter Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Nebraska women’s basketball player Isabelle Bourne earned two player-of-the-week honors Monday.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore from Canberra, Australia, was named both the Big Ten player of the week and College Sports Madness national women's basketball player of the week.

Bourne earned Big Ten player honors for the first time in her career. She produced the best week of her career with back-to-back double-doubles in wins against No. 24 Northwestern and Penn State.

In the 71-64 victory at Northwestern on Wednesday, Bourne scored 21 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds. Bourne also dished out two assists, blocked two shots and recorded a steal in helping the Huskers to a season sweep of the defending Big Ten co-champions.

In Sunday's win against Penn State, Bourne tied her career high with 22 points while adding 11 rebounds.

For the week, Bourne averaged 21.5 points, 14 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two blocks while making 13-of-26 shots, including 3-of-4 three-pointers, and 14-of-20 free throws.

Nebraska has an 11-9 record overall and is tied for ninth place in the Big Ten with a 9-8 league record.

Iowa point guard Caitlin Clark was named the Big Ten freshman of the week after she had her fourth consecutive 30-point game and eighth of the season in a win against Penn State.

Her eight 30-point games this season are the most by an NCAA Division I freshman since 2009-10, when Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Oral Roberts’ Kevi Luper also had eight such outings.

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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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