Senior Mikaela Shaw had a game-high 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks against Fort Wayne.
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Mavericks Pull Away from Mastodons, 63-49

Omaha Athletics | February 15, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha had nine players score on Wednesday evening, as the Mavericks avenged a loss from earlier this season at Fort Wayne, 63-49, over the Mastodons.  The win lifted UNO to 13-13 on the season and 6-7 in Summit League play, while Fort Wayne fell to 5-21 and 2-11 in conference action.

Senior forward Mikaela Shaw shot 6-of-11 from the field to finish with a game-high 15 points, as well as six rebounds, three blocks and two assists.

Junior guard Marissa Preston added 13 points and two boards, shooting 5-for-5 for the night. Junior guard Remy Davenport came up with another eight points, two assists, two blocks and two steals.

Senior forward Michaela Dapprich had six points and three boards, while sophomore center Courtney Vaccher chipped in six points and six rebounds.

De’Jour Young led Fort Wayne with 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor, as well as grabbing six boards. Selena Lozada and Rachel Rinehart had 10 points apiece, with Rinehart adding five rebounds and three steals.

Omaha shot 54.8 percent (23-of-42) from the floor, 50.0 percent (6-of-12) from long range and 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the free throw line. Fort Wayne finished at 40.8 percent (20-of-49) from the field, 50.0 percent (2-of-4) beyond the arc and 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from the stripe. The Mavericks had the edge on the glass, 28-19, including 20-11 on the defensive end. UNO forced 17 Mastodon turnovers to score 15 points off miscues and had a 12-5 advantage in second chance points.

Early in the first quarter, Davenport and Preston drilled back-to-back 3-pointers as Omaha put together an 8-4 scoring spurt. The Mastodons tied the game, 10-10, with 3:48 remaining on a jumper from Lozada. A trey from sophomore guard Ellie Brecht and two free throws by freshman forward Jay Bridgeman pushed the Mavericks’ lead to five, 15-10. Two Rinehart free throws with one second left in the quarter made the score 17-15 after the first 10 minutes of play.

Fort Wayne took a 19-18 lead in the opening minute of the second quarter on a jumper from Zaria Atkins, but UNO got the lead back on the next passion with a layup from Vaccher. Omaha increased its lead to six points, 31-25, late in the quarter on two free throws from sophomore guard Amber Vidal. Davenport sank a jumper in the closing seconds of the quarter to give UNO a 35-27 lead at intermission.

Omaha took control of the game 15-10 edge in the third quarter. Preston hit back-to-back treys early in the period as the Maverick lead reached double-digits for the first time. Fort Wayne cut the lead to single-digits on a Rinehart layup, but Davenport again drilled a trey to move Omaha’s lead to 12 with 4:55 left in the period. UNO stretched its lead to 50-37 by the end of the period on two made free throws from Shaw.

Omaha continued to extend its lead in the opening moments of the fourth quarter scoring seven of the first nine points of the period to push out to a 57-39 advantage. The Mavericks’ lead did not dip under double-digits in the fourth quarter as they took a 63-49 victory.

The Mavericks hit the road this weekend, visiting South Dakota on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. in Vermillion, S.D, and the game will be televised live on Midco and ESPN3. Donny Baarns will also have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2 and links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.

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