Lincoln - Junior Morgan Marlborough earned a share of the Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week award for the second time in 2011 on Monday after posting a hat trick in Nebraska's 3-1 conference-opening win over Northwestern on Sunday. Michigan State's Laura Heyboer was also picked for the honor after scoring five goals on the weekend in wins over Detroit (4-3, OT) and Purdue (2-1), including a hat trick against Detroit.
Sunday's game was the first-ever Big Ten Conference game for the University of Nebraska and the Huskers improved to 8-0-0 when opening conference play at home. Head Coach John Walker's squad also improved its all-time record against Big Ten teams to 17-5-2.
Marlborough made her conference debut in dramatic style with her second hat trick of the season and the fourth of her career. She also became just the fourth Husker in school history to score 50 or more goals in a career and now sits third on Nebraska's career list with 51 goals, trailing Christine Latham (69) and Kim Engesser (53). The junior tied a career high with a goal in six straight games, dating back to the Huskers loss at Denver. Marlborough also scored in six straight games as a freshman in 2009.
Marlborough earned her first conference honor on Monday, Sept. 5, after scoring five goals during a pair of wins over Arkansas and Northern Arizona. She notched her first hat trick of 2011 in the 8-1 win over Northern Arizona.
Nebraska will now hit the road for a pair of conference games in the state of Indiana. The Huskers will meet Purdue on Friday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. (CT) in West Lafayette, Ind., before traveling to Bloomington, Ind., for a Noon game on Sunday, Sept. 25, against Indiana. Sunday's game is schedule to be shown live on BTN.com.