Mavericks Set to Tangle with South Dakota State
The Omaha women’s basketball team visits South Dakota State this Saturday, Jan. 7. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Frost Arena in Brookings, 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 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 Quick Hits
• Omaha plays its first Summit League road game this Saturday, traveling to South Dakota State.
• The Mavericks are 8-7 overall (1-1 Summit League) after defeating IUPUI on Thursday evening.
• 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.
• Senior forward Mikaela Shaw made her 101st consecutive appearance for the Mavericks on Thursday against IUPUI.
• Two of Omaha’s starters average double-figure scoring: Mikaela Shaw (15.8 ppg) and senior guard Michaela Dapprich (11.5 ppg).
• 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 15 games this season.
• Shaw became the seventh player in school history to reach the 1,500 points milestone on Jan. 5 by scoring 24 points against IUPUI.
• 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 37.1 percent (127-of-342) from long-range.
• Nine different Mavericks have scored in double figures over the first 15 games this year.
• Shaw registered her team-leading third double-double of the season Jan. 5 vs. IUPUI. Vaccher also has a double-double performance on Dec. 10.
• 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 South Dakota State Jackrabbits
South Dakota State enters the weekend with a record of 11-4 (2-1 Summit League) after a 73-51 win over Fort Wayne on Jan. 5. Macy Miller (14.9 ppg), Madison Guebert (14.9 ppg), Kerri Young (11.7 ppg) and Ellie Thompson (11.2 ppg) all average double-figure scoring.
Head coach Aaron Johnson is in his 17th season at South Dakota State with a career mark of 403-137. Saturday marks the 70th all-time meeting between Omaha and SDSU, with the Jackrabbits leading 37-32. South Dakota State won the last meeting, 76-60, on March 7, 2016, in the Summit League tournament.
Last Time Out: Shaw Reaches 1,500 Career Points in Win Over IUPUI
Mikaela Shaw scored her 1,500th career point, becoming the seventh player in program history to reach the mark, as Omaha defeated IUPUI 64-44 on Thursday night at Baxter Arena. Shaw passed former UNO guard Jennifer Mitchell (1,487 points) for seventh place on the all-time scoring list with 1:55 left in the first half.
Shaw had her third double-double performance of the season with team highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Deweese, Neb., native was 10-of-17 from the floor, including four 3-pointers. She also had five assists and two steals.
Michaela Dapprich added 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting and grabbed four rebounds. Courtney Vaccher added nine points and four boards, while Abi Lujan chipped in three points, four assists and 10 caroms. Remy Davenport finished with six points, a game-high six assists and four rebounds.
Holly Hoopingarner led IUPUI with 11 points off the bench. Mikale Rogers added eight points and seven rebounds.
Shaw scored the first five points of the game, and UNO held IUPUI scoreless for nearly four minutes building an early 7-0 lead. The Jaguars scored their first basket at the 6:03 mark on a Danielle Lawrence layup. Back-to-back baskets from Davenport pushed Omaha’s lead to 11 points with 2:18 left in the period. Allex Brown’s bucket with 1:59 remaining cut UNO’s lead to nine, 13-4. Two Shaw 3-pointers closed out the quarter giving Omaha a 19-4 lead.
Lujan opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer as the Mavericks’ lead grew to 18 points. A pair of 3-pointers brought IUPUI within 12 points with 7:57 left in the stanza, 22-10. The Mavericks responded with an 11-0 run over the next 4:47 pushing the lead to 23 points. Hoopingarner and Sydney Hall each hit threes to draw IUPUI within 35-16 late in the period. Shaw hit her fourth trey of the half to make the score at intermission, 38-16.
IUPUI opened the second half with a 5-2 run to cut the Omaha lead to 19 points. The two teams exchanged baskets the remainder of the period, but the Jaguars were unable to get closer than 18 points. The Mavericks scored the final five points of the quarter on a trey from Dapprich and a layup from Shaw to lead 53-31.
Omaha grabbed its largest lead of the game at 62-38 with a Vaccher layup midway through the fourth quarter. The Jaguars scored the final six points of the game to make the final 64-44.
The Mavericks shot .500 (27-of-54) from the floor, .368 (7-of-19) from 3-point range and .750 (3-of-4) from the free-throw line. IUPUI shot just .298 (17-of-57) from the field, .269 (7-of-26) from long range and .600 (3-of-5) from the line. Omaha held a 37-31 advantage in rebounding.
Caring is Sharing
As a team, Omaha averages 17.5 assists per game. Mikaela Shaw averages 4.1 assists per game and has a team-leading 61 assists. Four other Mavericks have 25-or-more assists on the season. Remy Davenport is second on the team with 54 assists, followed by sophomore guard Amber Vidal (45), Michaela Dapprich (35) and junior guard Marissa Preston (25).
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 11.5 ppg, respectively. Courtney Vaccher averages 8.8 points per game followed by Remy Davenport’s 7.4 ppg. Sophomore guard Ellie Brecht (5.5 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.
Over the past two games, Courtney Vaccher has not missed a shot from the field going a perfect 11-of-11 and has only missed one shot from the floor in her last four games. 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 (.584).
Mikaela Shaw made her 100th consecutive start on New Year’s Day and now has 101 starts following her start against IUPUI on Thursday. Shaw needs only two more starts to move ahead of Jamie Nash (2009-12) for fifth place all-time and should pass Lindsey Petersen’s (2000-04) 110 career starts later this season.
Got a Minute?
This season nine different Mavericks are averaging 10-or-more minutes per game. Mikaela Shaw averages 30.7 minutes per game to lead Omaha. Three other Mavericks – Remy Davenport (29.6 mpg), Amber Vidal (26.3 mpg) and Michaela Dapprich (25.6) – average over 25 minutes per game.
…and Still Counting
Shaw’s 24 points on Thursday evening marked the 46th 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 seventh time this season by scoring 18 points against IUPUI. Dapprich has gone over 20 points twice in a game and is averaging 11.5 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.
On Top of the Summit
Omaha leads the Summit League in opponent’s field goal percentage (.375). UNO is second in assists (17.5), field goal percentage (.448), rebound margin (+5.5) and defensive rebounds (26.9). The Mavericks are third in 3-pointers made (8.5), 3-pointers attempted (22.8), and steals (7.9).
Mikaela Shaw leads the league in total defensive rebounds with 93 and rebounds per game (8.1). Shaw is second in total rebounds (122). She is also third in field goals (92-of-187) and assists (61). Additionally, Courtney Vaccher leads the league with a .584 field goal percentage.
Leading the Way
Mikaela Shaw leads the Mavericks in points, rebounds, assists (4.1), blocked shots (0.6) and minutes played (30.4) per game. Shaw collected her 22nd career double-double against UCF earlier this season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. She scored a season-high 21 points against Wofford.
Courtney Vaccher tallied her first career double-double against UMKC. The sophomore post set career highs in points (17) and rebounds (11). She also blocked two shots. This season, Vaccher is averaging 7.4 points and 4.8 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, 2.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. This season, Davenport has dished out six assists three times.
Hitting the Boards
Moriah Dapprich snagged a career-high 11 rebounds against Lincoln University. It’s the first time this season that the junior has reached double-figures in rebounds.
Jay Bridgeman tied a career-best on Sunday afternoon with 11 points against York College. Earlier this season, she scored 11 points against Creighton and 10 points against Lincoln University.
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 67 and needs two more to move past Ashley Freerksen (2005-06) into 17th place.
Omaha has made 127 3-pointers through 15 games while shooting 37.1 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.
Mikaela Shaw has two double-doubles this season and 23 for her career. The senior forward had 17 points and 13 rebounds against UCF on Dec. 20. 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.
Marissa Preston has appeared in every game averaging 17.3 minutes per game. Preston is shooting .469 percent (23-of-49) from the field and .471 percent (16-of-34) from beyond the 3-point arc.
Top 10 Performer
Mikaela Shaw has cracked the top 10 in all-time scoring and rebounding this season. She passed Jennifer Mitchell (1998-01) for seventh place on the career scoring chart with 1,507 points and needs only 13 points to surpass Jackie Scholten’s (1983-86) 1,519 points for seventh place. Shaw passed former teammate Paige Frauendorfer (2009-12) for seventh place and is 72 rebounds shy of catching Laura Anderson (1984-87) for sixth place.
Shaw is 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.
Davenport from Downtown
Remy Davenport averaged 10.3 points per game and was one of the top 3-point shooters in the Summit League last season. She leads the team with 30 3-pointers this season and has connected from deep in 13 games this season.
The junior guard now ranks fourth in program history with 157 career treys. She needs 57 more trey’s 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 upset third-seeded IUPUI, 62-51.
Omaha returns home to host Western Illinois on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena. 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.