BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Omaha women’s basketball team fell 76-64 to South Dakota State Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena. The Mavericks are now 8-8 (1-2 Summit League), while the Jackrabbits improve to 12-4 (3-1).
Senior guard Michaela Dapprich paced the Mavericks with 18 points, going 8-of-14 from the floor. Senior forward Mikaela Shaw added her second-straight double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Kerri Young led South Dakota State with 27 points, hitting 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. Sydney Palmer went for 20 points, including going 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. Ellie Thompson added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Mavericks shot .452 (28-of-62) from the field, while the Jackrabbits finished at .400 (22-of-55) from the floor. UNO shot .231 (6-of-26) from long range, while SDSU managed to shoot .368 (7-of-19) from deep. Omaha shot only .250 (2-of-8) from the stripe, while South Dakota State connected on .806 (25-of-31) from the line. The two teams were tied in rebounding, 37-37, but SDSU forced UNO into three more turnovers, 15-12.
Omaha and SDSU got off to a quick start, going a combined 6-of-7 from the field in the first two minutes. A quick 5-0 spurt gave the Jackrabbits an 11-6 lead with 7:15 left in the quarter before a Dapprich jumper cut the lead to three. South Dakota State’s defense held Omaha scoreless for three minutes as it built an 18-8 advantage. A 3-pointer from Davenport and a jumper from freshman forward Jay Bridgeman reduced the lead to five. A layup from Palmer made the score at the end of the first quarter 20-13.
Two quick buckets to start the second quarter forced Omaha to call a timeout as the South Dakota State lead moved to 11 points. Layups from Bridgeman and Shaw brought the Jackrabbit lead to single digits with 4:09 left in the first half, 27-19. A Shaw jumper with 1:42 remaining brought the Mavericks within seven at 30-23, but SDSU hit 3-of-4 free throws to end the first half, and UNO trailed 33-23.
South Dakota State came out of the break with a 12-0 run making the score 45-23 with 6:26 left in the third quarter. UNO survived the SDSU onslaught and countered with a 10-0 run of its own. Preston got things started with a pair of buckets. Dapprich added five straight points as the Mavericks cut further into the lead. A three from sophomore guard Ellie Brecht made it a nine-point South Dakota State lead with 2:34 left in the period. A layup from Tiffaney Flaata stopped the Maverick momentum, and a basket from Thompson pushed the advantage back to double figures, 50-37. Bridgeman hit 1-of-2 free throws to make the score after three quarters, 53-41.
A jumper by Young pushed the SDSU lead back to 15 points early in the fourth quarter, 58-43. Five straight points from Dapprich and another trey from Davenport brought Omaha within nine points with 5:49 left in the final quarter. Young again cooled a Maverick run with a basket. A 3-pointer response from Preston and a Dapprich layup with 3:36 made the score 62-56. Two straight three’s from SDSU pushed the lead back to double figures. Shaw pulled the Mavericks within eight at 70-62, but the Jackrabbits hit six free throws to finish it off with a final score of 76-64.
Omaha returns to Baxter Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 11, hosting Western Illinois. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and Donnie Baarns will have the radio call on 1290 AM KOIL. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.