Mavericks Meet Leathernecks for Wednesday Showdown
The Omaha women's basketball team returns home this Wednesday, Jan. 11, hosting Western Illinois. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena, and 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.
Maverick Quick Hits
• Two Omaha starters averaged double-digit scoring: senior forward Mikaela Shaw (15.8) and senior guard Michaela Dapprich (11.9).
• Shaw became the seventh player in school history to reach the 1,500 points and 800 rebounds milestone last week.
• The Mavericks are 8-8 overall (1-2 Summit League) after falling at South Dakota State last Saturday.
• The Mavericks finished 7-6 in non-conference play, marking their second straight season finishing .500 or better against non-conference opponents.
• 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 102nd consecutive appearance for the Mavericks on last Saturday vs. South Dakota State.
• Senior guard Abi Lujan made her first start of the season Jan. 5 against IUPUI.
• Head coach Brittany Lange has used two different lineups through the first 16 games this season.
• Shaw earned her first Summit League Player of the Week award of the season on Dec. 19.
• Twelve different Omaha players have had at least one 3-pointer this season. As a team, UNO is shooting 36.1 percent (133-of-368) from long-range.
• Nine different Mavericks have scored in double figures over the first 16 games this year.
• Shaw registered her second consecutive double-double of the season last weekend. It is the fourth time this season accomplishing the feat.
• Sophomore center Courtney Vaccher had a double-double performance on Dec. 10 at UMKC.
• Omaha returns eight letterwinners from its 2015-16 team, including three starters in Mikaela Shaw, senior guard Abi Lujan and junior guard Remy Davenport.
• UNO was selected to finish fifth in the 2016-17 Preseason Summit League Coaches' Poll, and Shaw earned Preseason All-Summit League First Team accolades.
• The Mavericks will play a total of 29 games, including 12 contests at Baxter Arena and one at Sapp Fieldhouse.
Scouting the Western Illinois Leathernecks
Western Illinois is 13-4 (3-1 Summit League) on the year after a 76-72 victory over Oral Roberts last Saturday. Emily Clemens leads the Summit League in assists (117) and steals (52), and is second in scoring (18.3 ppg). Morgan Blumer averages 15.7 points per game, while Taylor Higginbotham averages 14.0. The Leathernecks lead the conference in scoring, averaging 80.2 points per game.
Head coach JD Gravina is in his sixth season at Western Illinois with an 86-84 record and has a 199-145 mark in 12 seasons overall. Wednesday marks the 11th all-time meeting between Omaha and Western Illinois, with the Leathernecks leading the all-time series with the Mavericks, 6-4. WIU won the last meeting, 74-55, in Macomb, Ill. on Jan. 30, 2016.
Last Time Out: Mavericks Fall Short Against South Dakota State
Omaha fell 76-64 to South Dakota State last Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena. Michaela Dapprich paced the Mavericks with 18 points, going 8-of-14 from the floor, and Mikaela Shaw added her second-straight double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Kerri Young led South Dakota State with 27 points, hitting 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. Sydney Palmer went for 20 points, including going 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. Ellie Thompson added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Mavericks shot .452 (28-of-62) from the field, while the Jackrabbits finished at .400 (22-of-55) from the floor. UNO shot .231 (6-of-26) from long range, while SDSU managed to shoot .368 (7-of-19) from deep. Omaha shot only .250 (2-of-8) from the stripe, while South Dakota State connected on .806 (25-of-31) from the line. The two teams were tied in rebounding, 37-37, but SDSU forced UNO into three more turnovers, 15-12.
Caring is Sharing
As a team, Omaha averages 17.4 assists per game. Mikaela Shaw averages 4.0 assists per game and has a team-leading 64 assists. Four other Mavericks have 25-or-more assists on the season. Remy Davenport is second on the team with 59 assists, followed by sophomore guard Amber Vidal (49), Michaela Dapprich (35) and junior guard Marissa Preston (26).
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 15.8 ppg and 11.9 ppg, respectively. Courtney Vaccher averages 8.8 points per game followed by Remy Davenport's 7.3 ppg. Sophomore guard Ellie Brecht (5.3 ppg) and freshman forward Jay Bridgeman (5.1 ppg) round out the scoring.
Mikaela Shaw passed former UNO guard Jennifer Mitchell (1,487 points) to become the seventh player in program history to score 1,500 career points. She needs only 13 points to pass Jackie Scholten (1983-86) for sixth place.
The 800 Club
After recording 11 rebounds against South Dakota State, Mikaela Shaw takes soles possession in being seventh all-time in program history for career rebounds. She needs 61 more to move to sixth all-time. Shaw is also the program's all-time leader in defensive rebounds with 557, surpassing Tanya Hammes' (1999-2002) mark of 502. She needs only 20 offensive boards to set the career record.
Courtney Vaccher went 11-of-11 from the field against York and IUPUI and missed only one shot from the floor between Dec. 20 – Jan. 5. The sophomore went 4-of-4 at UCF, 7-of-7 vs. York and 4-of-4 vs. IUPUI. She currently leads the Summit League in field goal percentage (.585).
Mikaela Shaw made her 100th consecutive start on New Year's Day and now has 102 starts following her start against SDSU last Saturday. She tied Jamie Nash's (2009-12) mark of 102 straight starts and is closing in on Lindsey Petersen's (2000-04) career record of 110.
Got a Minute?
This season nine different Mavericks are averaging 10-or-more minutes per game. Mikaela Shaw averages 31 minutes per game to lead Omaha. Three other Mavericks – Remy Davenport (29.8 mpg), Amber Vidal (25.5 mpg) and Michaela Dapprich (25.3) – average over 25 minutes per game.
…and Still Counting
Shaw's 16 points on Saturday evening marked the 47th consecutive game that the senior has scored in double figures. The last time she scored less than 10 points was Feb. 26, 2015 against Fort Wayne.
Michaela Dapprich reached double figures for the eighth time this season by scoring 18 points at South Dakota State. Dapprich has gone over 20 points twice in a game and is averaging 11.9 points per game.
Omaha's eight wins have come by an average margin of 32.6 points this year. The Mavericks have won by 20 twice 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
Mikaela Shaw was named Summit League Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her performance Dec. 12-18, the conference office announced Monday. 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.
In the Summit
Omaha is one of the strongest defensive teams in the Summit League, holding the opposition to the conference's lowest shooting percentage (.377) and allowing only 61.7 points per game.
UNO is second in rebound margin (+5.2) and third in steals per game (7.9).
Mikaela Shaw leads the league in total defensive rebounds with 100 and rebounds per game (8.3) and is second in total rebounds (133). She is third in field goals (100-of-202) and assists (64). Additionally, Courtney Vaccher leads the league with a .585 field goal percentage.
Leading the Way
Mikaela Shaw leads the Mavericks in points, rebounds, assists (4.0), blocked shots (0.6) and minutes played (31.0) per game. Shaw collected her 25th career double-double at SDSU last weekend. She scored a season-high 24 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. The sophomore post set career highs in points (17) and rebounds (11). This season, Vaccher is averaging 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Hot at Home
Remy Davenport, a native of Blue Springs, Mo., scored a season-high 21 points against UMKC. So far this season, she has done a little bit of everything this year for Omaha. The junior guard averages 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.7assists per game.
Jay Bridgeman is shooting .674 (29-of-43) this season. She has scored in double figures three times this season. Bridgeman had double-digit games against Creighton (11), York (11) and Lincoln University (11).
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 added two more treys against Kansas State. She is now 18th all-time in made treys with 68 and needs two more to move past Ashley Freerksen (2005-06) into 17th place.
Omaha has made 133 3-pointers through 16 games while shooting 36.1 percent from deep. Every player on the roster has connected on at least one trifecta. UNO has made 10 or more threes seven times this season.
Marissa Preston has appeared in every game averaging 17.5 minutes per game. Preston is shooting .481 percent (26-of-54) from the field and .459 percent (17-of-37) from beyond the 3-point arc.
Davenport from Downtown
Remy Davenport the Mavericks with 33 3-pointers this season and has connected from deep in 14 games this season.
The junior guard now ranks fourth in program history with 160 career treys. She needs 55 more treys to become the program's all-time leader. She connected on 65 3-pointers and set the UNO single-game record with 10 made treys against Denver on Jan. 17, 2016.
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.
She became the 18th player in program history to score 1,000 career points and grab 500 career rebounds.
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.
Along with Michaela Dapprich, the Mavericks will look for contributions from two other Division I transfers –Courtney Vaccher and redshirt junior guard Moriah Dapprich – and freshman Jay Bridgeman.
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 returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 14, welcoming South Dakota. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Baxter Arena, and Donny Baarns will have the call on 1180 Zone 2. Live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.