Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Co-Captain (2021, 2022, 2023)
  • All-Big Ten (Honorable Mention, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2023)
  • No. 21 at Nebraska, Career Points (1,221)
  • No. 15 at Nebraska, Career Rebounds (648)
  • Nebraska Offensive Player of the Year (2021)
  • Husker Award Winner (2021, 2022)
  • National Player of the Week (College Sports Madness, Feb. 22, 2021)
  • Big Ten Player of the Week (Feb. 22, 2021)
  • International Player of the Year Semifinalist (World Exposure Report, 2021)
  • Australian U19 National Team (2019)
  • Australian U18 National Team (2018)
  • Australian U17 National Team (2017)
  • Australian U17 3-on-3 Team (2018)
  • Latimer Family Endowed Women's Basketball Scholarship (2022, 2023)
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award (2021, 2022, 2023)
  • CSC Academic All-District (2023)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2021)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2021, 2022, 2023)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
    (Fall 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022; Spring 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2020, 2022, 2023)

Feature Story - Huskers. Together. (Isabelle Bourne, 2020)

Senior (2022-23)
A three-time honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection and three-time team captain, Isabelle Bourne closed out an impressive four-year Nebraska career by averaging 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds as a senior. She chose to forego a potential fifth season of eligibility to return to Australia and pursue a professional career in the WNBL.

Bourne capped her 115-game Husker career with 82 starts over her final three seasons. She finished No. 21 on Nebraska's all-time scoring list 1,221 points and No. 15 on the Husker career rebounding chart with 648 boards. She was one of only 14 players in school history to reach the combined career milestones of 1,200 points and 600 rebounds. She scored in double figures 61 times in her career and posted 10 career double-doubles.

The 6-2 forward from Canberra, Australia, produced double-figure points in 12 of Nebraska's final 13 games of 2022-23, including a pair of 20-point performances. Over the final 13 games, she averaged 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds, including a trio of double-doubles. For the season, she put up double digits in 21 of 30 games, including three 20-point games. She also produced six double-digit rebound contests, including five double-doubles as a senior.

In Nebraska's three Postseason WNIT games, Bourne averaged 16.7 points and 9.7 rebounds, helping the Huskers advance to the WNIT Super 16. She opened the tournament with 16 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Missouri State (March 15), before adding a second straight double-double with 17 points and 11 boards in a win over Northern Iowa (March 19). She closed her Husker career with 17 points, six rebounds and a season-high three steals at eventual WNIT champion Kansas (March 23).

Bourne opened the year with a season-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds in just 23 minutes in a win over Omaha (Nov. 7), before adding her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 boards in a win over Tarleton (Nov. 22). She started each of NU's first nine games, including an impressive three-game road stretch that began with 18 points and five boards in an overtime win over eventual NCAA qualifier Mississippi State in Puerto Rico (Nov. 26). Bourne played a season-high 39 minutes in the win over the Bulldogs.

She added her second double-double of the year with 15 points and 12 rebounds at No. 9 Virginia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Dec. 1). The Hokies went on to win the ACC championship and advance to their first NCAA Women's Final Four. 

Bourne capped the stretch with an 18-point, six-rebound effort in Nebraska's first-ever win at Maryland (Dec. 4). She also dished out four assists while hitting a career-best 4-of-5 three-pointers in the win over the No. 20 Terrapins, who went on to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Following the win over Maryland, Bourne suffered an upper body injury in practice that kept her out of Nebraska's next three games - wins over Wisconsin (Dec. 7), Samford (Dec. 10) and Wyoming (Dec. 18) at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. She returned for 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in a triple-overtime win over No. 20 Kansas (Dec. 21). Her three-pointer with 33 seconds left in the third overtime put the Big Red in the lead for good.

Bourne matched her season high with 21 points to go with seven rebounds at Minnesota (Feb. 15). She added 20 points and nine rebounds to go with a season-high three steals in a win over Michigan State (Feb. 2). She contributed 18 points and eight rebounds in a road win at Northwestern (Feb. 6), before going for 18 more points and six rebounds at No. 12 Michigan (Feb. 12).

Bourne erupted for a big double-double with 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in a 33-point win at No. 25 Illinois (Feb. 22) - Nebraska's largest road victory margin over an AP Top 25 opponent in school history. She also led Nebraska with 15 points and eight rebounds in an overtime loss at No. 4 and Big Ten regular-season champion Indiana (Jan. 1). Bourne added 13 points and eight rebounds against No. 3 Ohio State (Jan. 14).

Junior (2021-22)
Bourne helped the Huskers to a 24-9 overall record, a No. 23 NET ranking and a 2022 NCAA Tournament bid in her second season as a starter for the Huskers. She earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades for the second time after averaging 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 24 minutes per game.

In her third season as a Husker, Bourne caught fire from long range over the last 12 games, connecting on 16-of-30 (.533) three-pointers after going 10-for-40 through the first 21 contests. She hit 51.5 percent (152-295) of her field goal attempts overall, including 37.1 percent (26-70) of her three-point attempts on the year. During the final 16 games of the regular season heading into the NCAA Tournament, Bourne also hit 73.3 percent (22-30) of her free throws.

Bourne scored in double figures 20 times, including a career-high 23 points in just 21 minutes in a win over Alabama A&M (Nov. 14). She added her second 20-point performance of the season with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range in a victory over Northwestern in Nebraska's regular-season finale (Feb. 27).

She opened the Big Ten Tournament with 15 points, four rebounds and a season-high four assists in a win over Illinois (March 3) to cap a string of 10 straight games in double figures (Feb. 3-March 3). During the stretch, Bourne averaged 14.5 points and 5.2 rebounds. She produced her last double-digit effort of the season with 16 points in the Big Ten semifinal loss to No. 12 Iowa.

Bourne opened with 17 points and five boards in just 16 minutes in a win over Maine (Nov. 9), before adding 13 points and four rebounds in 16 minutes in a win over Prairie View A&M (Nov. 11).

During her late-season push, Bourne scored 17 points and had four rebounds in a win over Minnesota (Feb. 20), after going for 17 points and seven boards in a win at Illinois (Feb. 12).  She got 15 points and seven boards at Penn State (Feb. 17), two weeks after going for 14 points and a season-high nine rebounds in a win over the Lady Lions in Lincoln (Feb. 3). She also scored 14 points and added six rebounds in a win over Purdue (Jan. 30).

She scored 15 points at Iowa (Jan. 16), despite the absence of starting Husker guards Jaz Shelley and Sam Haiby, after getting 11 points in Nebraska's win over No. 8 Michigan (Jan. 4). She also scored 11 at No. 17 Maryland (Feb. 6), before pitching in 12 points at No. 21 Ohio State (Feb. 10). In Nebraska's win over No. 5 Indiana (Feb. 14), Bourne contributed 10 points and four rebounds.

Sophomore (2020-21)
Bourne made a major impact in her first season as a starter for the Huskers. She earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades by averaging 13.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while seeing time at power forward and on the wing. She played in 22 games with 21 starts, despite missing four games in midseason with an ankle injury.

Bourne notched her third straight double-double with a season-high-tying 22 points to go with 11 rebounds in a win over Penn State (Feb. 21). It followed 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in a win at No. 24 Northwestern (Feb. 17). Her efforts earned her College Sports Madness National and Conference Player-of-the-Week honors and the first Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award of her career (Feb. 22).

She began the three-game double-double stretch with 17 points, 10 boards and a career-high five assists vs. No. 9 Maryland (Feb. 14).

Bourne scored a season-high-tying 22 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists at Purdue (Dec. 23). She opened Big Ten play with 21 points and eight boards in a win over Illinois (Dec. 10). She had 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists in NU’s 68-64 win at No. 23 Michigan State (Jan. 10).  

Bourne had 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a win over Oral Roberts (Dec. 4). She had team highs with 16 points and six rebounds at No. 15 Indiana (Dec. 20), before notching her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 boards in a win over No. 15 Northwestern (Dec. 31). She added a double-double with 11 points and a 12 rebounds in a win over Rutgers (Jan. 3).

Bourne pitched in nine points, three rebounds and two assists going head-to-head against her older sister, Callie, in a 64-51 win over Idaho State (Dec. 6).

She had nine points, nine rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes off the bench at Penn State (Feb. 4) after missing four games with an ankle injury suffered late in the win at Michigan State (Jan. 10).

Bourne scored in double figures in nine of her last 10 games, including 14 points and seven rebounds in a Big Ten Tournament win over Minnesota (March 10), before closing the tournament with 13 points and five rebounds in a narrow loss to No. 7 Maryland in the quarterfinals. She added 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a Postseason WNIT victory over Ohio Valley Conference regular-season champion UT Martin (March 19), before scoring 10 points and tying her career high with five assists in the WNIT's round of 16 against Colorado (March 20).

Freshman (2019-20)
Bourne made an immediate impact for the Huskers as a freshman, averaging 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing in all 30 games.

Bourne closed her freshman campaign with a season-high 16 points and a career-high five blocks against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament (March 5). She added six rebounds, an assist and a steal in a season-high 29 minutes against the Wolverines.

She finished the season with four double-figure scoring efforts - all against Big Ten foes.

Bourne had 13 points, three blocks and two steals against Ohio State (Feb. 2). She notched her first career double-digit scoring game with 11 points and a season-high eight rebounds in NU’s win over Wisconsin (Jan. 9).  She added 11 points and four rebounds in just 15 minutes in a win over Penn State (Feb. 13).

Bourne had nine points and a season-high matching eight boards at Rutgers (Jan. 12). She opened Big Ten play with eight points and seven rebounds to go with two three-pointers in a win over Iowa (Dec. 28). She also played a strong role inside with six points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a win over Duke (Dec. 4). She added six points and seven more rebounds vs. Manhattan (Dec. 22).

Bourne had eight points, six rebounds and two assists in a win over USC (Nov. 29). She added eight points, five boards and two blocks in a win at Wisconsin (Jan. 25). Bourne also had eight points, six rebounds and a block in a win over Morgan State (Nov. 14). She added seven points on 2-of-3 shooting including her first career three-pointer, while adding three boards vs. Creighton (Nov. 24).

She had five points and three rebounds in a win over Michigan (Jan. 19). Bourne added four points and five rebounds in a win over SIUE (Nov. 17), before getting four points, four boards, two assists and two steals against Southern (Nov. 20).

Before Nebraska
One of the most talented young players in Australia, Bourne joined the Huskers in August of 2019 after helping the Gems to a silver medal at 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, but came up just short of the gold medal, falling 74-70 in overtime to the United States.

Bourne averaged 8.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 23.1 minutes for the Gems.

In 2017, Bourne led Australia’s U17 team to gold at the 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.

Bourne 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.

Isabelle's older sister, Callie, was a five-year contributor at Idaho State, and her oldest sister, Emma, also plays in the Canberra Capitals Academy. Callie helped Idaho State to the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Isabelle’s father, Trent, played Australian Football, while her mother, Ann, was a basketball player.

A communication studies major, Bourne earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2023. She was the first recipient of the Latimer Family Women's Basketball Scholarship in 2021-22, the first fully endowed scholarship for women's basketball at the University of Nebraska. She earned the award again in 2022-23. A College Sports Communicators Academic All-District selection in 2023, Bourne was a three-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2021 and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. She was an eight-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection and a three-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. Bourne was Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner for women's basketball in 2023. 

Bourne chose Nebraska over Marquette, Arizona State and Utah.

Isabelle Bourne's Career Bests
Points - 23 vs. Alabama A&M, Nov. 14, 2021 
Rebounds - 17 at Northwestern, Feb. 17, 2021 
Assists - 5 vs. Colorado, March 20, 2021; 5 vs. Maryland, Feb. 14, 2021 
Steals - 3 vs. Michigan State, Feb. 2, 2023
Blocks - 5 vs. Michigan, March 5, 2020 
FGM - 10 Three Times, most recent vs. Omaha, Nov. 7, 2022 
FGA - 17 at Purdue, Dec. 23, 2020; 17 at Indiana, Dec. 20, 2020 
3FGM - 4 at Maryland, Dec. 4, 2022 
3FGA - 6 Three Times, most recent vs. Penn State, Jan. 11, 2023
FTM - 8 at Minnesota, Feb. 15, 2023
FTA - 10 Three Times, most recent at Minnesota, Feb. 15, 2023

Bourne's Career Stats

Year G-GS FG-FGA Pct. 3FG-3FGA Pct. FT-FTA Pct. TRB-Avg. PF-D A TO Blk ST Pts-Avg.
2019-20 30-0 68-167 .407 9-42 .214 33-47 .702 132-4.4 65-2 14 49 29 14 178-5.9
2020-21 22-21 119-268 .444 19-60 .317 43-75 .573 166-7.5 47-1 54 55 19 13 300-13.6
2021-22 33-31 152-295 .515 26-70 .371 35-64 .547 149-4.5 72-1 40 41 15 17 365-11.1
2022-23 30-30 154-312 .494 32-102 .314 38-62 .613 201-6.7 72-2 36 53 13 24 378-12.6
Career 115-82 493-1,042 .473 86-274 .314 149-248 .601 648-5.6 256-6 144 198 76 68 1,221-10.6