ABILENE, Texas – Redshirt senior Michaela Dapprich’s 26 points and seven rebounds led the Omaha women’s basketball team to an 85-57 victory over North Texas at Moody Coliseum Saturday afternoon in the final game of the consolation bracket of the 2016 Preseason WNIT.
With the win, the Mavericks improved to 1-2 (0-0 Summit League) overall, while the Mean Green dropped to 0-3 (0-0 Conference USA).
Senior Mikaela Shaw just missed a triple-double with 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Shaw also blocked two shots and had two steals. Junior Remy Davenport added 11 points, four boards and three assists.
Junior guard Marissa Preston chipped in nine points on three 3-pointers, while sophomore guard Amber Vidal had six points and a game-high eight assists. Redshirt sophomore Courtney Vaccher scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Micayla Buckner, Kelsey Criner, Terra Ellison and Candice Adam each had eight points for North Texas.
Things clicked from the onset of the contest for Omaha as the Mavericks built a 12-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Dapprich opened the game by scoring six of UNO’s first nine points. Davenport added five points in the period as Omaha led 18-11 after the first 10 minutes.
The Mavericks opened the second quarter with a 10-4 run to push its lead to 13 points with 7:20 remaining. The Mean Green cut the lead to eight points with 2:06 left in the half on a pair of free throws from Madi Townley. Back-to-back buckets from Shaw and Dapprich pushed Omaha’s advantage to 11 with under a minute left. North Texas hit two free throws to cut the lead to nine heading into the halftime break, 32-23.
The Mavericks came out firing in the second half, pushing the lead to double-digits with an opening trey from Shaw. A pair of 3-pointers from Dapprich kick-started a 13-0 run by Omaha to put the game out of reach midway through the third quarter. A layup from sophomore Ellie Brecht gave the Mavericks a 19 point lead at the end of the third quarter, 60-41.
Shaw tacked on her fifth bucket of the game to start the final quarter, followed quickly by a Dapprich basket to make it a 21-point edge. Preston’s third 3-pointer put Omaha ahead 78-53 with three minutes remaining. Freshman Alexa Fisher scored five points to close out the game and made the final score 85-57.
As a team, Omaha hit .534 percent (31-of-58) of its shots from the floor including 11-of-24 three-pointers (.458). The Mavericks connected on .923 percent (12-of-13) of its free throws. Omaha outrebounded North Texas 42-30. UNO held the Mean Green to just .343 percent (23-of-67) shooting, including a 5-of-18 performance (.278) from three-point range.
Omaha returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 22, traveling to in-state foe Nebraska. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., and the game will be broadcast live on BTN Plus. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.