TULSA, Okla. – Behind a combined 37 points from senior forwards Mikaela Shaw and Michaela Dapprich, the Omaha women’s basketball team downed Oral Roberts, 64-49, on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Center. The win pushes the Mavericks to 12-13 on the season and 5-7 in Summit League play, while the Golden Eagles fell to 13-13 and 5-8 in conference action.
Shaw had a game-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor with eight rebounds, while Dapprich added 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four steals, three assists and three rebounds.
Sophomore center Courtney Vaccher had 14 points, seven boards and two blocked shots. Junior guard Remy Davenport chipped in five points, five rebounds and a game-high six assists.
Kaylan Mayberry led Oral Roberts with 11 points and five assists. Maria Martianez added nine points and nine boards, while Faith Ihim had seven points and nine rebounds.
Omaha shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from the floor compared to Oral Robert’s 35 percent (21-of-60). The Golden Eagles connected on 25 percent (2-of-8) from long range, while the Mavericks managed only 22.2 percent (4-of-18). UNO finished 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the free-throw line, while ORU connected on 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the line.
A quick start to the contest saw Oral Robert’s Martianez knock down a jumper on the opening possession. The Mavericks responded with five straight on a layup from Vaccher and a 3-pointer from Dapprich. After a free-throw from Martianez, Omaha rattled off six straight on a Vaccher layup and two Dapprich jumpers. ORU’s Montserrat Brotons completed a three-point play to cut UNO’s lead to five with two minutes left in the quarter. Junior guard Marissa Preston went 1-for-2 at the line as Omaha held a 16-10 edge at the break.
ORU cut UNO’s lead to 16-13 with 8:12 left in the second quarter. Shaw keyed a 7-0 burst as Omaha pushed its lead to 10 points with under three minutes left in the half. A 3-pointer from sophomore guard Ellie Brecht gave the Mavericks their largest lead of the half at 13 with 1:49 remaining. Oral Roberts’ Lakota Beatty trimmed the lead moments later with a jumper, but Omaha took a 28-17 lead in at halftime.
The Golden Eagles cut the lead to single digits on the first possession of the second half with a layup from Ihim. Back-to-back baskets from Shaw and Vaccher moved the lead to 13 with 8:27 remaining. ORU chipped away at the lead the remainder of the period and trailed 41-36 after three quarters.
The Mavericks took control of the game with a 23-13 edge in the fourth quarter. Omaha delivered the knockout blow right out of the gate, scoring the first nine points of the period. Dapprich got things rolling with a bucket in the paint to give UNO a 43-36 lead with 8:54 remaining. Vaccher followed with two straight buckets, and Davenport nailed a 3-pointer as the Mavericks surged out to a 50-36 lead with 6:12 left. Oral Roberts chipped Omaha’s lead to 12 points before the final media timeout of regulation. Following the break, UNO responded with eight straight to take a 60-40 lead with 2:51 remaining to put the game out of reach.
Omaha returns home to face Fort Wayne on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Omaha’s Annual Pink Game to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Donny Baarns will have the call on 1180 Zone 2. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.