OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha women’s basketball team put together a dominant non-conference win on Friday afternoon, defeating Indiana State 72-45 at Baxter Arena. With the win, the Mavericks improved to 2-3 (0-0 Summit League), while the Sycamores dropped to 2-3 (0-0 MVC).
Senior forward Mikaela Shaw had a team-high 10 points, hitting 4-of-8 shots from the field while going 2-for-3 at the line. The Deweese, Neb., native added 14 rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
Junior guard Remy Davenport chipped in eight points and four assists, and redshirt junior guard Moriah Dapprich had eight points. Redshirt sophomore center Courtney Vaccher added seven points, six rebounds and a blocked shot.
Indiana State was led by 11 points and nine rebounds by Rhagen Smith and Ashley Taia added 11 points and four boards.
Omaha shot 43.1 percent (28-of-65) from the floor, 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from long distance and 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the stripe. Indiana State finished at a 26.6 percent clip (17-of-64) from the field, 16 percent (4-of-25) from the 3-point range and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) at the line. The Mavericks held the edge in rebounding (45-39), assists (19-11) and blocks (4-3).
Omaha trailed the Sycamores early, but a 3-pointer by Davenport and two quick scores from freshman forward Jay Bridgeman gave UNO a six point lead midway through the first quarter. The Mavericks ended period on a 21-4 run capped by a tip-in by Vaccher at the buzzer to push the lead to 16 points, 25-9.
UNO scored the first five points of the second quarter as the lead grew to 21 points. The Sycamores cut the lead to 16 points on a jumper by Regan Wentland with 1:45 left in the half. Davenport drained a trey at the buzzer to give Omaha its largest lead of the half, 43-21.
Senior guard Abi Lujan and sophomore guard Amber Vidal each hit 3-pointers to give the Mavericks a 25 point lead midway through the third quarter, 53-28. A quick 5-0 run by the Sycamores brought the tally to 53-33 with 3:42 left in the quarter. Two Shaw free throws moved Omaha’s lead back to 23 points at the end of the third period, 56-33.
Five points by Dapprich and a layup by junior guard Marissa Preston pushed UNO’s lead to 69-41. Omaha took its largest advantage of the game in the final minute of the game on a 3-pointer by senior guard Abi Lujan, leading the Sycamores 72-43 before going on to the 72-45 victory.
Omaha returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 27, hosting Wofford. Tipoff is set for Noon at Baxter Arena, and Donny Baarns will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on OMavs.com.