Height: 6'2"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Canberra, Australia
High School: Australian Institute of Sport


Honors & Awards

  • Australian U19 National Team (2019)
  • Australian U18 National Team (2018)
  • Australian U17 National Team (2017)
  • Australian U17 3-on-3 Team (2018)

Before Nebraska

One of the most talented young players in Australia, Isabelle Bourne joins the Huskers in August of 2019 after earning a spot on the Australian Gems National Team for the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, July 20-28. The Australian U19 National Team entered the tournament ranked No. 7 in the world.

Bourne led Australia’s Under-17 team to gold at the 2017 Oceania Championship in Guam by averaging 19 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists to claim a spot on the all-tournament team. She was also the MVP of the 2017 FIBA Under-18 Asia Cup 3-on-3 tournament in Mongolia, leading her team to another gold medal. Bourne was also named to the Gems squad for the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championships.

Nebraska Coach Amy Williams said Bourne’s high-level international experience could help her make a quick adjustment to Big Ten women’s basketball.

“Isabelle Bourne will be a fantastic addition to our program,” Williams said. “She has been training with high-level coaches and high-level players at the Australian Institute of Sport and has become a skilled and versatile forward.  She is crafty around the basket and effective as a weapon on the perimeter.  Her experiences competing internationally for Australia have prepared her to transition seamlessly to Nebraska.”

The 6-2 forward from Canberra trained at the Australian Institute of Sport and Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence under Coach Kristen Veal. She was also a developmental player in the University of Canberra Capitals program.


Her older sister, Callie, is a freshman guard at Idaho State, and her oldest sister, Emma, also plays in the Canberra Capitals Academy. Her father, Trent, played Australian Football, while her mother, Ann, was also a basketball player.

Bourne chose Nebraska over Marquette, Arizona State and Utah.

“I really connected with the coaches when I first met them, and then was very impressed with the team culture, facilities and Lincoln when I came on an official visit,” Bourne said. “I also knew to former players who spoke very highly of the NU experience.”

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