Mavericks Welcome Denver for Senior Day
Omaha returns to action for its final regular-season game on Saturday, Feb. 25, hosting Denver. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Baxter Arena, and UNO will honor its three seniors with pregame festivities. Donny Baarns will have the radio call on The Mighty 1290 KOIL-AM. Fans can stream audio on their smartphones by downloading NRG Media’s app “News Talk 1290 KOIL," and links to live video, audio and stats will be available on OMavs.com.
- Omaha sits in fifth place in the Summit League standings.
- Senior guard Michaela Dapprich had her sixth 20-point game Wednesday with 23 points against North Dakota State, which marked the 16th Maverick performance of 20 or more points this year.
- Senior forward Mikaela Shaw became the first Omaha women’s basketball player to reach 1,700 points, 800 rebounds and 300 assists for a career.
- Shaw leads the Mavericks in points, rebounds and assists, and ranks in the top five in the Summit League in each category.
- Omaha enters Wednesday’s contest at 14-14 overall and 7-8 in Summit League play after falling at South Dakota last Saturday, 91-56.
- Junior guard Remy Davenport leads the team and is third in the league with a 2.0 assist to turnover ratio.
- Junior guard Marissa Preston leads the Summit League with a .494 (41-of-83) three-point field goal percentage.
- Sophomore center Courtney Vaccher leads the team with a .601 field goal percentage (83-of-138). Freshman forward Jay Bridgeman is second on the team with a .551 field goal percentage (38-of-69).
- As a team, the Mavericks are averaging 68.5 points per game while allowing 64.9. Omaha is outrebounding the opposition, 36.1 to 32.9.
- In Summit League play only, Omaha limits its opponents to a .417 percent field goal percentage and holds the opposition to a .327 percent from 3-point range.
Scouting the Denver Pioneers
Denver enters Saturday’s game with a record of 6-22 (3-12 Summit League) after a 78-54 loss to South Dakota State Thursday in Brookings, S.D. Samantha Romanowski had a team-high 16 points, while Jacqlyn Poss added 14 points.
Poss averages 13.6 points per game to lead the Pioneers. Lauren Loven averages 10.8 points, while Romanowski chips in 10.3 per game. Jesse Spittel leads Denver with 5.7 rebounds per game.
Head coach Kerry Cremeans is in her fifth season at Denver with a 42-109 career record. Saturday marks the 11th all-time meeting between Omaha and Denver, with the Mavericks leading the all-time series, 7-3. UNO won meeting on Jan. 21, 82-73.
Omaha Quick Hits
- Two Omaha starters average double-digit scoring: Mikaela Shaw (16.5) and Michaela Dapprich (13.4).
- Shaw (17.5) and Dapprich (16.1) average double-figures in conference play this season.
- The Mavericks finished 7-6 in non-conference play, marking their second straight season finishing .500 or better against non-conference opponents.
- Ten of Omaha's 14 wins this season have been by 20 points or more, and UNO has won those 10 games by an average margin of 30.7 points.
- Omaha played eight non-conference road games and one neutral-site game to start the 2016-17 season, including games against Abilene Christian, Colorado State, Creighton, North Texas, Nebraska and UCF.
- Shaw made her 114th consecutive appearance against South Dakota.
- Head coach Brittany Lange has used three different lineups through 28 games this season.
- Shaw earned her first Summit League Player of the Week award of the season on Dec. 19.
- Every player on the active roster has made at least one 3-pointer this season. As a team, UNO is shooting .359 percent (232-of-647) from long-range.
- Nine different Mavericks have scored in double figures in 27 games this year.
- Shaw has had a double-double five times this season. Sophomore center Courtney Vaccher is the only other Maverick to accomplish the feat this season.
- Omaha returns eight letterwinners from its 2015-16 team, including three starters in Mikaela Shaw, Remy Davenport and senior guard Abi Lujan.
- The 2016-17 Preseason Summit League Coaches' Poll picked UNO to finish fifth, and Shaw earned Preseason All-Summit League First Team accolades.
- The Mavericks will play 29 games this season, including 12 contests at Baxter Arena and one at Sapp Fieldhouse.
Last Time Out: Omaha Routs North Dakota State, 90-64
OMAHA, Neb. – Five Mavericks finished in double figures, led by a game-high 23 from senior Michaela Dapprich, as Omaha bested North Dakota State 90-64 Wednesday at Baxter Arena.
Dapprich’s 23 points came from a 9-of-12 shooting effort from the field, including four three-pointers. Mikaela Shaw added 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field with six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.
Kennedy Childers led North Dakota State with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. Rylee Nudell added 11 points, while Emily Spier had six points and six rebounds.
The Mavericks shot 54 percent (34-of-63) from the floor, while the Bison were 40.6 percent (26-of-64). UNO dominated from long range, connecting on 52 percent (13-of-25) from beyond the arc, while NDSU managed only 24 percent (6-of-25). Omaha hit 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the free throw line, while North Dakota State hit only 66.7 percent (6-of-9).
Omaha took control of the game early with a 10-2 run. Dapprich got things rolling with a three-pointer. Courtney Vaccher followed with a layup and Shaw hit a jumper to make it 7-2. The Mavericks continued to knock down shots from outside, as Dapprich connected on her second trey of the period. North Dakota State found its rhythm late in the quarter, cutting the UNO lead to two points after a pair of Reilly Jacobson free throws. Omaha came right back as Davenport drained two-straight treys to end the quarter, and gave the Mavericks a 25-15 lead after the first 10 minutes.
After giving up the first bucket of the second quarter, UNO went on an 8-2 spurt. The run started with Davenport and Brecht hitting back-to-back threes, and then a Dapprich layup put Omaha ahead 33-19 with 6:50 remaining. A Childers jumper cut the lead to 11 late in the period, but a traditional three-point play from Shaw sent the Mavericks to the locker room with a 47-32.
Omaha opened the second half with a 14-4 scoring outburst to put the game out of reach. Davenport got the roll started with her fourth three-pointer of the evening. Dapprich followed with a three before Amber Vidal knocked down two free throws. Vidal’s layup pushed the lead to 25 at 61-36 with 3:38. The offensive onslaught continued the remainder of the period, and Shaw’s layup at the end of the period put Omaha out front 71-42 at the end of three quarters.
The Maverick momentum carried over into the fourth quarter as the lead grew to 30 points with 6:49 remaining, 80-50. NDSU responded with a 9-4 spurt cutting the UNO lead to 25 with 3:26 to go. However, a jumper from Brecht and a layup from Abi Lujan stemmed the comeback attempt. Autumn Ogden’s layup in the final minute of play made the final 90-64 in Omaha’s favor.
Mavericks at Home
This season Omaha holds an 8-4 mark inside Baxter Arena. The Mavericks finished non-conference play with a 4-1 homer record. UNO may have a 4-3 home record in Summit League play, but the three losses have come by a combined total of 13 points. Omaha picked up an 83-82 win over South Dakota State on Jan. 28. The Mavericks finish the 2016-17 season by playing three of their final four games at home.
Omaha has held two of its last four Summit League opponents to 50 points or less. The Mavericks limited Oral Roberts and Fort Wayne to 49 points. It is the fifth time this season UNO’s defense has kept its opponent from scoring more than 50 points.
All Hands on Deck Against South Dakota State
In Omaha’s 83-82 win over the Jackrabbits on Jan. 28, five Mavericks finished in double-figures (Dapprich with 15, Preston with 15, Davenport with 13, Brecht with 11 and Shaw with 10). It was the second time a quintet of Mavericks reached 10 points or more in one contest, the last coming against the Lincoln University on Dec. 1, 2016.
The Shot Heard Around Baxter
Marissa Preston scored 15 points last Saturday against South Dakota State, but her final three were memorable. The junior took a pass from Mikaela Shaw with under three seconds left on the clock and lofted a 3-point shot that banked in to give Omaha an 83-82 win over SDSU. For the evening, Preston finished 5-of-7 from the floor with five threes. She also dished out five assists on the night.
One of a Kind
Mikaela Shaw became the only player in Omaha women's basketball history to score 1,700 points, grab 880 rebounds and dish out 300 assists.
Caring is Sharing
As a team, Omaha is second in The Summit League and 15th nationally with 448 total assists and 25th with 16.6 assists per game. Mikaela Shaw is third in the conference in assists per game (3.8) and total assists (105). Remy Davenport and sophomore guard Amber Vidal each average 3.3 helpers per game. Davenport has a career-high 92 so far this season, while Vidal set a new career-record with 91. Three other Mavericks have 30-or-more assists on the season - Michaela Dapprich (50), Marissa Preston (49) and Abi Lujan (33).
Points, Points, Points
The Mavericks have six players averaging 5.0-or-more points this season. Mikaela Shaw and Michaela Dapprich lead the way averaging 16.5 ppg and 13.4 ppg, respectively. Remy Davenport averages 8.5 points per game followed by Courtney Vaccher's 7.0 ppg. Marissa Preston chips in 5.8 points per game, while sophomore guard Ellie Brecht adds 5.5 a game.
Mikaela Shaw moved into second place all-time in career points and now has 1,731 points. Shaw passed Barb Hart’s (1977-81) 1,730 points. Niece Jochims (1975-79) is the all-time leader with 1,939 points.
Michaela Dapprich reached double figures 18 times this season and scored 20 or more points six times. She has scored over 20 points in each of the last two games and averages 13.4 points per game. Dapprich increases her average to 16.1 ppg in conference play. Dapprich went for a game-high 23 Wednesday against North Dakota State.
The Mavericks rank 21st nationally in total three-pointers made (219) and 23rd in three-pointers made per game (8.1). Their .352 three-point field goal percentage is 48th nationally. Every player on the roster has connected on at least one trifecta. UNO has made 10 or more threes 11 times this season.
Omaha set a single-game record by connecting on 16 3-pointers against South Dakota State on Jan. 28.
The 800 Club
Mikaela Shaw moved into sixth place all-time in career rebounds with eight boards against Oral Roberts last Saturday. The senior has 881 boards and needs 45 more to pass Sandy Skradski (1989-93) for fifth place.
The One to Count on
Mikaela Shaw is now the program’s all-time leader in games started with 114. She is in a three-way tie for sixth in program history in games played. Shaw is now the program leader in all-time starts.
Got a Minute?
This season eight different Mavericks are averaging 10-or-more minutes per game. Mikaela Shaw averages 31.7 minutes per game to lead Omaha. Two other Mavericks – Remy Davenport (29.4 mpg) and Michaela Dapprich (26.3) – average over 25 minutes per game.
Mikaela Shaw saw her streak of 57 streak games in double figures end last Saturday against South Dakota. The Coyotes held the senior to just six points.
Shaw-me the Way
Mikaela Shaw leads the Mavericks in points, rebounds, assists, blocked shots and minutes played per game. Shaw collected her 26th career double-double against Western Illinois. She scored a season-high 29 points against IUPUI and grabbed a season-best 14 boards against Indiana State.
Since the transition to NCAA Division I, only Shaw and Paige Frauendorfer have over 10 double-doubles. Frauendorfer accomplished the task 17 times in two seasons at the Division I level.
In the Paint
Courtney Vaccher tallied her first career double-double against UMKC. In that game, the sophomore post set career highs in points (17) and grabbed 11 rebounds. Vaccher set a career mark against Fort Wayne with 12 boards. This season, she is averaging 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She leads the team with a .601 field goal percentage (83-of-138).
All Little Bit of This and a Little of That
This season Remy Davenport is doing a little bit of everything for the Mavericks. The Blue Springs, Mo., native is averaging 8.5 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals per game and 0.6 blocks per game. Davenport set a career record with eight assists against Western Illinois and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds against Denver. Earlier this season, she scored a season-high 21 points against UMKC. Davenport blocked three shots to set her career-best against South Dakota State.
Jay Bridgeman is second on the team with a .551 (38-of-69) field goal percentage. She has scored in double figures three times this season. Bridgeman had double-digit games against Creighton (11), York (11) and Lincoln University (11).
Remy Davenport the Mavericks with 57 three-pointers this season and has connected from deep in 25 games this season.
The junior guard now ranks second in program history with 184 career trifectas. She needs 30 more treys to become the program's all-time leader. She connected on 65 3-pointers as a sophomore and set the UNO single-game record with 10 made treys against Denver on Jan. 17, 2016.
Br3cht from Deep
Ellie Brecht scored a career-best 22 points against Lincoln University. The sophomore guard went 8-of-13 from the field including a 6-of-10 effort from 3-point distance. Brecht moved into 14th place in program history with 83 made threes and needs two more to move into 12th place all-time.
In the Summit
Omaha is second in assists per game (16.6), and three-pointers attempted per game (23.1). The Mavericks also rank in the top five in 12 other statistical categories.
Mikaela Shaw leads the league in defensive rebounds (159) and field goals made (174). The senior is second in total rebounds (214) and rebounds per game (7.6). She is also in the top five in four other categories.
Ten of Omaha's 14 wins have come by an average margin of 30.7 points this year. The Mavericks have won by 20 four times this season and have beaten the opposition by at least 49 points on two occasions.
UNO's 106 points were the most scored in a single game this season eclipsing the 98 points scored against Lincoln University on Dec. 1, 2016.
Shaw Selected Summit League Player of the Week
The Summit League named Mikaela Shaw as its women's basketball player of the week for her performance Dec. 12-18. Shaw collected her first player of the week selection this season and the second of her career. She led the Mavericks with 22 points and nine rebounds in a 70-50 win over Florida A&M on Sunday. Shaw added five assists and three steals with just one turnover against the Rattlers. The senior shot 61.5 (8-of-13) from the field and had a 5.0 assist/turnover ratio.
Five teams on Omaha's non-conference schedule appeared in the postseason last year – Abilene Christian, Colorado State, Creighton, Kansas State and Nebraska. Abilene Christian and Colorado State won conference titles and had a combined record of 57-6 last year. CSU won the Mountain West and played in the NCAA National Tournament, while ACU won the Southland Conference regular-season title and appeared in the WNIT. Kansas State finished the 2015-16 season 19-13 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Creighton and Nebraska also earned berths in the WNIT.
At a Glance: 2015-16
Omaha finished the 2015-16 season with a record of 15-15 (7-9 Summit League). Mikaela Shaw and former Maverick Caroline Hogue earned All-Summit League recognition, as Shaw garnered First-Team accolades and Hogue earned a spot on the All-Newcomer team.
In its first year after completing its transition to Division I, UNO picked up its first Summit League Tournament victory, defeating third-seeded IUPUI, 62-51.
As a team, Omaha led the Summit League with 5.8 blocks per game last year. The Mavericks were also first in free throw percentage (72.2) and second in opponents' field-goal percentage (38.5).
Meeting the Mavs
UNO returns three starters from the 2015-16 squad, including the Summit League's leading scorer and a First-Team All-Summit selection in senior forward Mikaela Shaw (18.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists), as well as senior guard Abi Lujan, and junior guard Remy Davenport (10.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg).
Returning are sophomore guards Ellie Brecht (5.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Sara Echelberry (1.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg), Kalen Phillips (2.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg) and Amber Vidal (5.9 ppg, 2.6 apg). Marissa Preston appeared in 30 games with three starts and averaged 2.7 points per game last season.
Leader of the Pack
Last season, Mikaela Shaw led the Mavericks in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals (1.6 spg). Shaw earned First Team All-Summit League honors and was a Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Dapprich Ready to Debut
Michaela Dapprich is making the most of her senior season for the Mavericks. Before transferring to Omaha last season, Dapprich played a pivotal role as Wichita State won three regular season Missouri Valley Conference Championships, three MVC Tournament Champions and three NCAA Tournament berths.
Dapprich played in 95 games and made 72 starts in her career while averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. She connected on 94 career 3-pointers, ranking eighth all-time in Wichita State history, plus her career 34.7 3-point field goal percentage ranks ninth on the all-time list.
Moriah Dapprich played two seasons for the Shockers, appearing in 46 games and averaged 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds. Vaccher appeared in four games as a freshman at Texas Tech.
Shaw in the Summit
Mikaela Shaw earned Preseason All-Summit League First Team accolades for the second straight season. As a junior, she was a first-team All-Summit League selection and named to the Summit League All-Tournament Team. Shaw led the Summit League in points per game and was second in total points (549).
Summit League Poll Released
Omaha was picked to finish fifth in the 2016-17 Summit League Preseason Poll; the conference office announced. The poll was tallied in a vote of the league's head coaches, communications personnel and media.
South Dakota State was the favorite to win the Summit League, garnering 30 first-place votes for 542 points. IUPUI was second with 438 points, while South Dakota earned three first-place votes and 393 points for third. Oral Roberts came in fourth with one first place vote and 391 points, followed by Omaha, which received 325 points for fifth. Western Illinois was sixth in the poll with 250 points, while North Dakota State (156), Denver (150) and Fort Wayne (80) rounded it out in seventh, eighth and ninth places, respectively.
Shaw Named to Academic All-America Third Team
Last season, Mikaela Shaw was a Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American. Shaw became the fifth Academic All-American in Omaha women's basketball history, with Paige Frauendorfer being the first Academic All-American in the Division I era. Other women's basketball honorees include Laura Anderson (1988), Amy Loth (1997), and Stacie Kaiser (1997).
Omaha Basketball Schedule Set
UNO's 2016-17 schedule includes 29 games, and the team will play nine states against schools from eight other Division I conference. The schedule has two opponents from the Big 12 and one each from the AAC, BIG East, CIAA, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Southern and WAC. Three opponents – Colorado State, Kansas State and Summit League Tournament champion South Dakota State – played in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Mavericks Announce 2017-18 Signing Class
Omaha announced its four-member 2017 signing class, as Kylee Coulter (Fayetteville, Ark./Fayetteville), Emily Dewey (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/ Westwood Collegiate), Claire Killian (Watertown, Minn./Watertown-Mayer) and Emily Petersen (Omaha, Neb./Bellevue West) have all signed National Letters of Intent.
Getting to Know Coach Lange
Brittany Lange enters her fourth season as the head coach for the Mavericks and sixth with the program overall. Last season, UNO finished with 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 returns to action March 4-7, making its second appearance at the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D. A full tournament bracket will be released at the conclusion of all regular-season games on Saturday, Feb. 25.