KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Omaha junior guard Remy Davenport scored 21 points and sophomore center Courtney Vaccher added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks defeated UMKC 80-57 Saturday afternoon at Municipal Auditorium.
Omaha improved to 5-5 (0-0 Summit League) on the season. UMKC dropped to 5-4 (0-0 WAC).
Davenport’s 21 points came on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line. She also had three rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots.
Vaccher’s double-double was the first of her career and came on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and a 6-of-8 effort at the charity stripe.
Senior Mikaela Shaw finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard Amber Vidal added eight points and four assists. Senior guard Abi Lujan chipped in seven points and six boards. Freshman forward Jay Bridgeman also had seven points and four rebounds.
As a team, Omaha shot .463 (25-of-54) to UMKC’s .318 (21-of-66). The Mavericks finished at .435 (10-of-23) from long range and .800 (20-of-25) from the stripe compared the Kangaroos to .200 (2-for-10) from the 3-point range and .619 (13-of-21) from the free throw line. UNO also had the lead in rebounding, 41-38.
Kiana Long led UMKC with 12 points. Kristen Moore scored nine points, and Samantha Waldron added eight points and four boards.
Omaha never trailed, building a 16-6 advantage to start the game thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from Davenport. The Mavericks grabbed a 25-10 lead at the end of the 1st quarter on a three from Vaccher.
Omaha’s lead reached 20 at 35-15 early in the second quarter on a 3-pointer from Ellie Brecht. A trey from Lujan and a jumper from Vidal increased Omaha’s advantage to 23 with 2:15 left in the half. Made free throws from Bridgeman and Lujan gave UNO its largest lead of the half at 25 points before a layup from Law made the halftime score 49-26.
UMKC chipped away at the Omaha lead in the second half getting as close as 14 points with 7:25 left in the fourth quarter. Davenport and Vaccher would then score the next 12 points for UNO and push the lead to 75-51. The Mavericks never let the Kangaroos back within less than 22, and clinched the 80-57 victory.
Omaha returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 18, visiting Florida A&M. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT at the Al Lawson Center in Tallahassee, Fla., and Donny Baarns will have the call on 1180 Zone 2. Fans can stream the audio on their smartphones by downloading NRG Media’s app “1620 The Zone,” and links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.