Senior Mikaela Shaw had a game-high 25 points, as Omaha upset South Dakota in the Summit League quarterfinals.
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Omaha Advances to Semifinals with 64-58 Win

Omaha Athletics | March 05, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota – Senior Mikaela Shaw delivered a game-high 25 points as the Omaha women’s basketball team upset No. 4 seed South Dakota 64-58 at the Summit League Tournament Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon.  The win pushed the Mavericks to 16-14 on the season, while the Coyotes fell to 22-8.

The Mavericks advance to the tournament semifinals against No. 1 Western Illinois on Monday at Noon, with ESPN3 and Midco will televising the game.  Donny Baarns will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2 and links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.

Shaw’s 25 led all scorers, while junior Remy Davenport reached double-figures with 15.  Senior Michaela Dapprich added eight points and eight rebounds, and senior Abi Lujan had five points and eight boards.

Abigail Fogg guided South Dakota with a double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds with five assists and four blocks.  Ciara Duffy added 13 points and four boards.

Omaha came out firing in the first quarter, scoring the game’s first six points.  Sophomore Courtney Vaccher set the tone early with a pair of buckets in the paint.  Shaw capped UNO’s initial explosion with a layup that forced a USD timeout.  The Coyotes came out of the timeout scoring seven straight points to take a 7-6 lead with 5:42 left in the quarter.  Later in the period, two free throws from Shaw gave Omaha a 17-10 before a layup from Madison McKeever made the score 17-12 at the end of the quarter.

South Dakota stepped up their defense in the second quarter limiting Omaha to just 20 percent (3-for-15) from the field.  The Coyotes offense, meanwhile, chipped away at the Mavericks lead  eventually edging ahead 22-21 midway through the quarter.  Jaycee Bradley sank two free throws in the final minute to give South Dakota a 30-25 lead at the break.

The Mavericks opened the second half with three straight three-pointers.  Dapprich came out of the half hitting her first two treys of the quarter to erase the USD lead.  Junior Marissa Preston’s three put Omaha back in front, 34-32.  Two more three-pointers from Davenport pushed UNO’s lead to eight with 3:04 left in the period, 44-36.  South Dakota scored the final six points of the quarter to cut Omaha’s lead to 44-42.

The two teams battled back-and-forth throughout the fourth quarter, featuring four lead changes and two ties.  A Fogg jumper tied things up at 44-all to open the fourth quarter.  Shaw would hit three free throws to put Omaha back in front 56-52.  Four straight points knotted the score at 56-all with 1:42 remaining.  Davenport’s fourth trey of the half and two free throws from Lujan put UNO ahead by five with less than 30 seconds left.  Preston and Davenport sealed the win at the free-throw line as Omaha took the win 64-58.

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