Honors & Awards

  • Australian U19 National Team (FIBA World Cup, Spain, July 2023)
  • Australian U18 National Team (FIBA Asian Championships, India, September 2022)
  • Australian U17 National Team (FIBA World Cup, Hungary, July 2022)
  • Australian U16 National Team (FIBA Asian Championships, Jordan, June 2022)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2023)
  • Australian Schools Championship Defensive MVP (2022)
  • Australian Schools Championship All-Star Five (2022)

Freshman (2023-24)
Australian National Program member Jessica Petrie joined the Nebraska women’s basketball team for the 2023-24 season, after the 6-2 power forward signed with Head Coach Amy Williams and the Huskers on the opening day of the spring signing period on April 12, 2023. 

Petrie produced back-to-back career-high 11-point efforts in wins over UNCW and Michigan State. She scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 12 first-half minutes in a win at MSU (Dec. 9). Petrie’s production came in place of All-Big Ten post Alexis Markowski, who missed much of the first half with foul trouble.

Petrie established her career high with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while adding four rebounds, an assist and a steal in a win over UNCW (Dec. 5). 

She had nine points and her first career steal in a win over Florida Atlantic (Nov. 29). She added eight points and a career-best six rebounds in a win over Alcorn State (Nov. 14), after tipping the season with seven points and three boards in a win over Northwestern State.

She averaged 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in nearly 11 minutes per game on the season. She had a strong seven-point effort in a road win at Michigan (Feb. 6). It came after a solid nine-point performance against Rutgers (Feb. 3).

Petrie closed the regular season with a solid seven-point performance at Illinois (March 3.

She competed for Australia in three different age divisions (U16, U17, U18) in the summer of 2022 and at the U19 World Cup in Madrid, Spain (July 15-23, 2023).

Petrie, from Gold Coast, Queensland, averaged 17.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals through seven games for the Basketball Centre of Excellence in Australia’s semi-professional NBL1 East Division in 2023.

“Husker fans are going to love watching this exciting young woman grow in her time here in the United States. She is one of the most talented and promising women’s basketball players in Australia, and we are very excited to have her joining the Huskers,” Williams said. “She has already played with and against some of the best in the world. She has a tremendous work ethic, and she matches the competitive desires we have in this program.”

High School
Petrie starred at three levels for the Australian National Team in the summer of 2022. She averaged 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over five games for the Australian U18 National Team at the FIBA Asian Championship in Bengaluru, India in September. She helped the Australia Gems to a gold medal with a championship game win over China. In a semifinal victory over Taipei, Petrie produced 11 points and three rebounds, after getting eight points, eight rebounds and three assists in a win over Korea.

Her performance at the U18 level followed a seven-game stint with the Australian U17 National Team at the World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary, July 9-17, 2022. She averaged 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists, posting double-doubles against both Belgium and Spain before capping the World Cup with 15 points and nine rebounds in a win over Hungary.

At the 2022 FIBA U16 Asian Championship in Amman, Jordan, June 24-30, Petrie averaged eight points, five rebounds and four assists. In the championship game against Japan, Petrie finished with 12 points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists to help the Sapphires to a 59-58 victory. Her performance against Japan followed a near triple-double in a semifinal win over Korea, when she produced 13 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

Petrie also starred at Lake Ginninderra College, leading the Lakers to the Australian Schools Championship at Gold Coast in December of 2022. Petrie was named to the tournament's all-star five and was the Defensive MVP of the tournament. She averaged 23.8 points, 16.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists at the tournament.

The daughter of Anthony and Sarah (Berry) Petrie, Jessica was born May 17, 2005. Her father was a long-time forward (2007-18) in Australia's NBL, helping the Adelaide 36ers to NBL Grand Final appearances in both 2014 and 2016. In 2009-10, he was second-team All-NBL and was named the NBL's Most Improved Player. He is currently coaching for the Gold Coast Rollers in NBL1. Her mother, Sarah, was a two-time WNBL champion with the Canberra Capitals. Jess has younger sisters, Emma and Holly, and a younger brother, William.

Jess is majoring in communication studies and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2023.

Jessica Petrie's Career Bests
Points - 11 at Michigan State, Dec. 9, 2023; vs. UNCW, Dec. 5, 2023
Rebounds - 6 Three Times, most recent, vs. Purdue, Jan. 31, 2024
Assists - 2 vs. Purdue, Jan. 31, 2024l vs. Southern, Dec. 17, 2023
Steals - 1 Three Times, most recent, vs. Purdue, Jan. 31, 2024
Blocks - 1 Three Times, most recent vs. Michigan State, March 8, 2024
FGM - 5 at Michigan State, Dec. 9, 2023; vs. UNCW, Dec. 5, 2023
FGA - 9 vs. UNCW, Dec. 5, 2023
3FGM - 1 Nine Times, most recent vs. Maryland, March 9, 2024
3FGA - 4 vs. UNCW, Dec. 5, 2023
FTM - 5 vs. Northwestern State, Nov. 6, 2023
FTA - 8 vs. Alcorn State, Nov. 14, 2023; vs. Northwestern State, Nov. 6, 2023

Petrie'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.
2023-24 35-0 53-111 .477 9-39 .231 18-30 .600 70-2.0 39-1 13 29 3 3 133-3.8
Career 35-0 53-111 .477 9-39 .231 18-30 .600 70-2.0 39-1 13 29 3 3 133-3.8