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Omaha, Western Illinois Set for Summit Semifinals

Omaha Athletics | March 05, 2017

This Week
The Omaha women’s basketball team is set to battle No. 1 seed Western Illinois in the Summit League semifinals on Monday, March 6.  Tipoff for Monday’s semifinal round game is set for Noon at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the game will be broadcast live on Midco and ESPN3.  Donny Baarns will also have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2, and fans can stream the audio on their smartphones by downloading NRG Media’s app “1620 The Zone.”  Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on OMavs.com.

Maverick Notes
• Omaha advanced to its second straight Summit League semifinals Sunday, defeating No. 4 seed South Dakota, 64-58.
• Senior Mikaela Shaw notched her 10th 20-point game of the year with a game-high 25 points vs. South Dakota. It marked the 19th Maverick performance of 20 or more points this year.
• Junior Marissa Preston led the Summit League in three-point field goal percentage (47.3 pct.).
• Shaw became the first Omaha women’s basketball player to reach 1,780 points, 890 rebounds and 310 assists for a career.
• Shaw’s 549 points this year is the eighth-highest single-season scoring total in school history.
• Sophomore Courtney Vaccher’s 60.0 field goal percentage is the second highest single-season percentage in school history.
• Shaw led the Mavericks in points, rebounds and assists, and ranked in the top four in the Summit League in each category.
• Omaha posted 12 games where it connected on 10 or more three-pointers.
• This season UNO averaged 69.4 points per game and allowed only 65.1.  Omaha outrebounded the opposition, 36.0 to 32.8.
• In Summit League play only, Omaha allowed the opposition to shoot 42.2 percent from the field and held them to 33.0 percent from long range.

2017 SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
    Saturday, March 4 • Quarterfinals
        Game 1 - No. 1 Western Illinois 82, No. 8 Denver 39
        Game 2 - No. 2 IUPUI 69, No. 7 North Dakota State 56
    Sunday, March 5 • Quarterfinals
        Game 3 - No. 5 Omaha 64, No. 4 South Dakota 58
        Game 4 - No. 3 South Dakota State 65, No. 6 Oral Roberts 50
    Monday, March 6 • Semifinals
        Game 5 (Noon) - No. 1 Western Illinois vs. No. 5 Omaha 3 (Midco/ESPN3)
        Game 6 (2:30 p.m.) – No. 2 IUPUI vs. No. 3 South Dakota State (Midco/ESPN3)
    Tuesday, March 7 (Championship)
        Game 7 (7 p.m.) - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 (ESPNU/WatchESPN.com)

Scouting the Western Illinois Leathernecks
Top-seeded Western Illinois brings a record of 24-6 (13-3 Summit League) into Monday’s semifinal matchup with Omaha.  The Leathernecks routed No. 8 seed Denver in the opening game of the Summit League tournament Saturday, 82-39.  Five Leathernecks scored in double-figures, led by Emily Clemens 17 points and nine assists.

Head coach JD Gravina is in his sixth season at Western Illinois with a record of 97-86 and a career mark of 210-147 over 12 years.  Monday is the 13th all-time meeting between Omaha and Western Illinois, with the Leathernecks leading the series 8-4.  Western Illinois swept the season series, winning 78-74 on Jan 11 at Baxter Arena and 80-63 on Feb. 4 in Macomb.

Omaha Quick Hits
• Two Omaha starters average double-digit scoring – Mikaela Shaw (17.0) and Michaela Dapprich (13.5).
• The duo improved their production in conference play where Shaw averaged 17.9 per game and Dapprich averaged 16.5.
• Nine different Mavericks scored in double figures in 29 games this year.
• Shaw made her 116th consecutive appearance against South Dakota and earned Summit League Player of the Week honors on Dec. 19.
• Every player on the active roster has made at least one three-pointer this season.  As a team, UNO is shooting 36.1 percent (255-of-706) from long-range.
• Shaw led the team with five double-doubles this season.  Sophomore center Courtney Vaccher is the only other Maverick to accomplish the feat this season.
• Head coach Brittany Lange used four different lineups through 30 games this season.
• The Mavericks finished 7-6 in non-conference play, marking their second straight season finishing .500 or better against non-conference opponents.
• Eleven of Omaha's 15 wins this season have been by 20 points or more, and UNO has won those games by an average margin of 29.9 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.
• The Mavericks played 30 games this season, including 12 contests at Baxter Arena and one at Sapp Fieldhouse.

Up Next
With a win in Monday’s Summit League Championship semifinals, Omaha returns to action on Tuesday, March 7 to face the winner of No. 2 IUPUI and No. 3 South Dakota State in the championship finals.  Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app.  Donny Baarns will also have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2 and links to live video, audio and stats will be available on OMavs.com.

Last Time Out: Omaha Advances to Semifinals with 64-58 Win
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota – 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.

Shaw’s 25 led all scorers, while Remy Davenport reached double-figures with 15.  Michaela Dapprich added eight points and eight rebounds, and 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.  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.  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.

Shaw, Dapprich Earn All-Summit Honors
Mikaela Shaw and Michaela Dapprich were included on the All-Summit League teams released Thursday.  Shaw earned Second-Team all-league honors, while Dapprich earned a spot on the honorable mention team, as well as a place on the all-newcomer team.

MarchMavericks
For the second straight year, the Mavericks knocked off the higher seed in the Summit League quarterfinals.  Last season, Omaha earned the No. 6 seed in its first Summit League Championship appearance and upset the No. 3 seed IUPUI, 62-51.  In 2017, UNO knocked off No. 4 seed South Dakota at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, 64-58.

Nifty 50
Omaha was 8-1 this season when it shot 50 percent or better, including a 4-1 effort in league play.  The Mavericks shot a season-high .561 (37-of-660 vs. Denver on Feb. 25.

Mavericks at Home
UNO held an 8-4 mark inside Baxter Arena this season.  The Mavericks finished non-conference play with a 4-1 home record.  Omaha finished 5-3 at home this season, but the three losses were by a combined total of 13 points.  Omaha picked up an 83-82 win over South Dakota State on Jan. 28.  The Mavericks wrapped up its home slate by averaging 95.5 points per game against North Dakota State and Denver.

Getting Defensive
The Maverick defense held the opposition to 50 points or less six times this season and accomplished the feat against three Summit League teams.  UNO’s best defensive effort came in a 100-37 victory over York on New Year’s Day.  They followed that up by limiting IUPUI to only 44 points four days later.  In February, the Mavericks held Oral Roberts and Fort Wayne to 49 points in back-to-back games.

Legendary Career
This season, Mikaela Shaw became the only player in Omaha women’s basketball history to score 1,780 points, grab 890 rebounds and deliver 310 assists for a career.  Shaw ranked second all-time in points scored with 1,755, sixth all-time with 893 rebounds and eighth all-time with 310 assists.  She is also the program’s career leader in games started with 116 and minutes played (3,796) and is fifth all-time in games played (116).

Researching Remy
After making 127 three-pointers in her first two seasons and 66 more this season, Remy Davenport has made her way into the top five in school history in made three-pointers.  The Blue Springs, Mo., native is now second, and her next hurdle is to break Jennifer Mitchell’s (1998-02) career mark of 214 made threes.

Making Her Mark
Dapprich was fifth in the Summit League with 164 made field goals and 10th in points with 406.  She averaged 13.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per contest, starting all 30 games.  A native of Branson, Mo., Dapprich had 19 double-figure scoring games, including seven with 20 or more points.

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 12th place in program history with 86 made threes and is now 11 made treys behind Amy Breen’s 97 from 1993-97.

Shaw-some
Mikaela Shaw averaged a team-leading 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting .492 from the field.  Shaw finished the regular season ranked fourth in the conference in scoring; including 17.9 points per game in Summit League play, and led the league in field goals made (193) as well as defensive rebounds (165).  She was second in total rebounds (226), third in assists (111) and fourth in free throws made (112).  Shaw earned one Summit League Player of the Week honor this season on Dec. 19.  She closed the year with 29 double-figure scoring games, including 10 with 20 or more points.

Lending a Helping Hand
Amber Vidal set a career-high with 11 assists in last Saturday’s game against Denver.  Vidal is currently second on the team with 102 assists, which also is a career-best.

Winning Big
This season 11 of Omaha’s 15 wins have come by an average margin of 29.9 points this year.  The Mavericks have won by 25 or more six times this season with the largest margin of victory being 69 points. 

Caring is Sharing
As a team, Omaha is second in The Summit League and 21st nationally with 488 total assists and 19th with 16.8 assists per game.  Mikaela Shaw is third in the conference in assists per game (3.7) and total assists (111). Amber Vidal averaged a career-best 3.4 assists per game and had 102 for the season, and Remy Davenport averaged 3.2 assists and had a career mark of 95 assists.  Three other Mavericks finished with 35-or-more assists on the year – Michaela Dapprich (55), Marissa Preston (52) and Abi Lujan (35).

Points, Points, Points
The Mavericks had six players’ average 5.0-or-more points this season.  Mikaela Shaw and Michaela Dapprich led the way averaging 17 ppg and 13.5 ppg, respectively.  Remy Davenport averaged 8.9 points per game followed by Courtney Vaccher's 6.9 ppg.  Marissa Preston chipped in 5.8 points per game, while sophomore guard Ellie Brecht added 5.5 a game.

Arc Madness
The Mavericks rank 13th nationally in total three-pointers made (255) and 14th in three-pointers made per game (8.5).  Their 36.1 three-point field goal percentage is 27th nationally.  Every player on the roster has connected on at least one trifecta.  UNO has made 10 or more threes 12 times this season.  Omaha set a single-game record by connecting on 16 three-pointers against South Dakota State on Jan. 28.

Got a Minute?
This season eight different Mavericks are averaging 10-or-more minutes per game.  Mikaela Shaw averages 31.9 minutes per game to lead Omaha.  Two other Mavericks – Remy Davenport (29.5 mpg) and Michaela Dapprich (26.4) – average over 25 minutes per game.

What Makes Up the Mavericks
• Omaha returned five of its top six scorers from 2015-16 this season, including leading scorer senior Mikaela Shaw (18.3 ppg) and second-leading scorer Remy Davenport (10.3 ppg).
• Shaw led the Summit League in scoring last season and finished in the top five in rebounds.
• Davenport and Shaw each averaged over 30 minutes per game in 2015-16.
• UNO’s 2016-17 roster includes three seniors, three juniors, six sophomore and two freshmen.
• The Mavericks were picked fifth in the Summit League’s Preseason Poll released in October, and Shaw was named to the Preseason All-Summit League First Team for the second straight season.
• UNO returned four players who averaged 5.0 or more points per game last year: Shaw (18.3), Davenport (10.3), Amber Vidal (5.9) and Ellie Brecht (5.7).

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.

Tough Enough
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
Before transferring to Omaha last season, Mikaela 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.

Ready Redshirts
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.

Omaha Basketball Schedule Set
UNO's 2016-17 schedule included 29 games, and the team played in 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.  Additionally, the Mavericks played WNIT champions, South Dakota, three times.

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.

Lange's assistants are Lee Aduddell, Rodney Rogan, and Kirk WalkerSadie Murren is in her first season as the director of basketball operations.

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