Mikaela Shaw scored a team-high 24 points on Sunday against Florida A&M.
Courtesy: Mark Kuhlmann

Mavericks Use Second-Half to Surge Past Florida A&M, 70-50

Omaha Athletics | December 18, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Omaha overwhelmed Florida A&M in the second half to pull away for a 70-50 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Al Lawson Center.  The Mavericks improved to 6-5 (0-0 Summit League) overall, while the Rattlers dropped to 1-8 (0-0 MEAC).

Senior forward Mikaela Shaw led UNO with game-highs in points (22), rebounds (nine) and assists (five). She shot 8-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the free throw line.

Senior guard Michaela Dapprich added 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers.  Dapprich grabbed eight boards and had two assists.  Sophomore guard Ellie Brecht tacked on 13 points, and junior guard Remy Davenport had nine points, three assists and three steals.

Omaha outshot Florida A&M .433 (26-of-60) to .333 (20-of-60) from the floor and .333 (7-of-21) to .211 (4-of-19) from distance. UNO also had the edge in rebounding, 42-35.

Alicia McCray led the Rattlers with nine points and nine rebounds.  Shalaunda Burney-Robinson added six points and four rebounds.

Omaha jumped out to a 7-4 lead midway through the first quarter following a Shaw jumper.  A 3-pointer from junior guard Marissa Preston pushed the UNO lead to seven points with 2:04 left in the period.  Dapprich would nail a jumper to set the score at 17-11 after the opening period.

Florida A&M held Omaha scoreless for the first 8:41 of the second quarter and built a four-point lead at 21-17.  A Shaw jumper followed by a Brecht layup evened the score at halftime, 21-21.

The Mavericks opened the second half with a quick 6-2 run to take a 27-23 lead after a three-point play from Shaw.  Another bucket from Shaw pushed Omaha’s lead to double digits at 43-32.  A trey by Brecht and two Davenport free throws increased the lead to 16 with under two minutes remaining in the period.  Shaw gave Omaha a 20-point lead with a layup, but a 3-pointer from Ecenur Yurdakul made the score 53-36 at the end of the third quarter.

UNO continued to push the offensive pace in the final quarter of play.  A Dapprich layup with 5:59 left in the period gave Omaha its largest lead of the game, 64-40.  A 9-4 spurt by FAMU cut the lead to 18 points with less than three minutes remaining, but a basket by senior guard Abi Lujan made the final score 70-50.

Omaha concludes its four-game road trip on Tuesday, Dec. 20, visiting UCF.  Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT at the CFE Arena in Orlando, 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.

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