OMAHA, Neb. - The Omaha women’s basketball team capped the regular season in a big way Saturday afternoon, defeating Denver 100-78 on Senior Day at Baxter Arena. With the win, the Mavericks improved to 15-14 (8-8 Summit League) and locked down the No. 5 seed for next weekend’s Summit League Tournament, while the Pioneers dropped to 6-23 (3-13 Summit League).
Senior forward Mikaela Shaw led all scorers with 24 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the field. The Deweese, Neb., native added a game-high six rebounds and two assists. Senior forward Michaela Dapprich went over the 20-point mark for the third straight game, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. She added four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Junior guard Remy Davenport chipped in 15 points on a 5-of-12 effort from the floor, including five three-pointers. Sophomore guard Ellie Brecht added 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. Sophomore guard Amber Vidal set a career-high with 11 assists in the game to go along with seven points. Senior guard Abi Lujan rounded things out with three points, five boards, two assists and two steals.
Omaha had its highest field-goal percentage of the season, shooting 56.1 percent (37-of-66) from the floor. The Mavericks were also 41.7 percent (15-of-36) from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the free throw line, and they finished with a 24-13 advantage in steals.
Jacqlyn Poss had a team-high 20 points for Denver. Lauren Loven added 17 points off the bench, while Jordyn Alt had 13 points.
Omaha and Denver traded buckets to start the game, with a 10-10 tie broken with a Shaw three-pointer. A Jahla Osborne layup and free throw tied the game at 13-13 with 3:03 remaining in the first quarter. UNO rattled off a 9-3 scoring run to close the period capped by a Vidal jumper.
The Pioneers opened the second quarter with a 5-2 run to bridge the gap to three points. Omaha quickly pushed the lead back to eight on a put-back from freshman Jay Bridgeman and a trey from Davenport. DU again cut the lead to three with 2:18 left in the half, but UNO countered with seven of the next nine points to put the Mavericks up 46-38 at the break.
UNO quickly extended its lead to double-digits early in the second half on a pair of Dapprich free throws. The Mavericks stretched the lead to 12 midway through the third quarter on a Lujan layup. Denver refused to yield, pulling back within five with 3:57 left in the period. Omaha countered with a 14-6 run to end the quarter and took a 71-58 lead into the final stanza.
Davenport asserted herself in four minutes of the fourth quarter, delivering three straight three-pointers as Omaha pushed its lead to 17 with 6:32 remaining. The lead hit 21 points two minutes later on a Vidal layup. The Pioneers made one last push scoring five of the next seven points, but the Mavericks countered with an 8-0 run capped off by a Brecht trey as Omaha reached the century mark, 100-76. Loven sank a pair of free throws to make the final, 100-78.
Omaha returns to action at the Summit League Tournament, March 4-7, in Sioux Falls, S.D. A full bracket will be released at the conclusion of regular-season play on Saturday, Feb. 25.