Brittany Lange enters her fifth season as the head coach for the Mavericks and seventh with the program overall. Lange came to Omaha at the start of its Division I era (2013-14), becoming the youngest to lead the program and the youngest head coach in all of Division I basketball.
Omaha continued its upward trend in Lange's fourth season, finishing 16-15 overall and 8-8 in Summit League action. The Mavericks made their first appearance in the Preseason WNIT and picked up an 85-57 win over North Texas. Omaha took an 83-82 victory over South Dakota State on Jan. 28, 2017. UNO qualified for its second Summit League Tournament in Sioux Fall, S.D. and upset No. 4 seed South Dakota 64-58 in the quarterfinals before falling to top-seeded Western Illinois in the semis.
The Mavericks became one of the best shooting teams in the country in Lange's fourth season. Omaha ranked 12th nationally in 3-pointers per game (8.4), 18th in assists per game (16.6) and 19th in 3-point field goal percentage (35.6 percent). UNO ranked second in the Summit League in assists per game, field goal percentage, field goals made per game and 3-pointers made per game. UNO's defense held the opposition to 60 points or less 13 times in 2016-17 and kept seven teams under 50 points.
Mikaela Shaw wrapped up her stellar career at UNO under Lange by becoming the first Omaha women's basketball player to reach 1,800 points, 900 rebounds and 310 assists for a career. Shaw also garnered Second Team All-League honors. She also earned her third-straight Marian Ivers Female Athlete of the Year award. Senior Michaela Dapprich picked up Honorable Mention All-League honors and a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
In her third season, Lange directed the Mavericks to a 15-15 overall record and earned the program's first berth into the Summit League Tournament as the sixth seed. In the tournament quarterfinals, Omaha upset third-seeded IUPUI, 62-51.
Omaha continued to be one of the top defensive teams in the Summit League in Lange's third year. The Mavericks led the league in blocked shots (5.8 bpg). They ranked second in opponents' field goal percentage (38.5 pct.) and third in opponents' three-point field goal percentage (31.3 pct.). Omaha allowed the fourth-fewest points per game (63.5 ppg). UNO's defense held the opposition to 60 points or less 12 times in 2015-16.
Mikaela Shaw continued to shine during her junior season under Lange, earning All-Summit League First Team honors, Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American accolades and repeated as the Marian Ivers Female Athlete of the Year. Shaw led the Summit League in scoring (18.3 ppg) and was fifth in rebounding (7.9 rpg). She had the third-best field goal percent (51.9 pct) and was sixth in assists. Remy Davenport continued to grow as a three-point shooter leading Omaha for a second-straight year with 65 makes. Davenport set an UNO program record with 10 made 3-pointers against Denver.
In her second year, Lange continued to diagram a top-ranked defense. During Summit League play, Omaha ranked first in the league in opponents' field goal percentage (38.8) for the second straight year, while also ranking second in blocked shots (5.1) and third in steals per game (7.4). Omaha allowed the fourth-fewest points per game (66.3) during Summit League play and ended the season with a dominating defensive display limiting Denver to 40 points.
The Mavericks defeated All-American Tyanna Outland and Cal State Bakersfield 80-68, who ranked 14th in the Mid-major top 25 poll (Dec 11). Bakersfield later went on to advance to the WNIT for the second straight year. The Mavericks began their last season turnaround with a victory over Western Illinois and Summit League Player of the Year Ashley Luke on (Feb. 8) holding the Leathernecks to just 51 points, while also earning a first time 66-49 victory over IUPUI in the Division I era (Jan 17).
The Mavericks finished the 2014-2015 on a high note, winning four out of their last six games while holding opponents to 60 points per game on 34.5% shooting from the field. Omaha was especially stingy guarding the three-point line, forcing teams to shoot a dismal 28-120 (23 percent) behind the arc.
Under Lange's leadership, Mikaela Shaw made a huge jump in her sophomore year, earning All-Summit League Second Team honors and the Marian Ivers Female Athlete of the Year award. Shaw finished third in the Summit League in rebounds per game (8.7 rpg) and was fifth in the Summit League in points per game (15.4 ppg). Freshman guard Remy Davenport quickly established herself as one of the top shooters in the league. Davenport led Omaha in 3-pointers made with 62 that was third in the Summit League and the highest total of any Summit League freshman.
In her first year at the helm, Lange guided the young Mavericks to a 12-16 overall record. Despite season-ending injuries to two key players and with the youngest team in the Summit League - five freshmen and a total of seven newcomers among the nine healthy players - the Mavericks made strides throughout the season, and it showed during the second half of league play. After starting out 1-6 in the Summit League, the Mavs went 3-4 the second time through the schedule to finish 4-10. Nearly 70 percent of UNO's minutes were played by first-year Division I players; the next closest in the league was 26 percent.
Lange and her staff established themselves as one of the toughest Summit League defenses to face throughout the 2013-14 season. The Mavs ranked first in the league in opponents' field goal percentage (37.8) and third in opponents' 3-point percentage (30.7). They also allowed the third-fewest points per game (66.4) and blocked a Summit League-best 4.8 blocks per game while finishing second in steals per game (8.2). Additionally, Taijhe Kelly was named Summit League Defensive Player of the Year and Mikaela Shaw was named to the All-Newcomer Team. Senior guard Ericka House was named All-Summit League Second Team as well.
Under Lange's direction, the Mavericks accomplished a first in their NCAA Division I transition - defeating a team that went on to make the NCAA Tournament. UNO achieved that feat with a 69-61 win over South Dakota on Feb. 20, 2014, at the Sapp Fieldhouse. The Coyotes went on to win the Summit League conference tournament. The Mavs also nearly stunned defending league champion South Dakota State, becoming the first team to lead the Jackrabbits at the half on their home court in more than a year.
Lange was integral to the Mavericks' success in their first two Division I seasons. As an assistant coach, Lange oversaw UNO's guards and their position development, and in her first year as an assistant coach in 2012-13, all three of the Mavericks' backcourt players were awarded Summit League All-Conference honors: Paige Frauendorfer, Carolyn Blair-Mobley and Jamie Nash. Frauendorfer was also named an Academic All-American, one of 15 Division I players to receive such an honor.
Lange joined the Mavericks in 2011-12 as the director of basketball operations, after spending the previous year as a graduate assistant coach at St. Edward's in Austin, Texas under two-time National Champion head coach, Jennifer White. In addition to being an instructor for Point Guard College in 2008, where she served as a coach and trainer to some of the top Division I point guards and players in the nation.
A native of Sac City, Iowa, Lange started her collegiate playing career at Creighton University in 2005-06, before transferring to Iowa State for the 2006-07 season. A former guard on four NCAA Tournament teams at Iowa State with an overall record of 98-37, Lange was a part of one of the most successful classes in Cyclone history. After battling nagging injuries throughout her career, Lange's career was cut short, and she spent 2008-10 on legendary Head Coach Bill Fennelly's staff. Lange helped assist the Cyclones in reaching the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2009 against Stanford and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010 against the undefeated UCONN Huskies, after reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament the previous two years as a player. She also served as a strength and conditioning intern for Iowa State men's and women's basketball for Iowa State.