Omaha Takes on Oral Roberts This Saturday
The Omaha women’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 11, visiting Oral Roberts. Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., and Donny Baarns with have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.
• In the second half of league play, Omaha plays three of its five remaining games at home.
• Omaha enters Saturday’s contest at 11-13 overall and 4-7 in Summit League play after falling 80-63 at Western Illinois Saturday afternoon.
• UNO is in 6th place in the latest Summit League standings.
• Senior forward Mikaela Shaw leads the team and is second in the Summit League in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game. Shaw also leads the team and is third in the conference in scoring averaging 16.8 points per game.
• Junior guard Remy Davenport leads the team and is fourth in the league with a 1.8 assist to turnover ratio.
• Junior guard Marissa Preston is second in the league with a .484 (31-of-64) 3-point field goal percentage.
• Sophomore center Courtney Vaccher leads the team with a .609 field goal percentage (70-of-115). Freshman forward Jay Bridgeman is second on the team with a .600 field goal percentage (36-of-60).
• As a team, the Mavericks are averaging 68.5 points per game while allowing 65.2. Omaha is outrebounding the opposition, 37.0 to 32.9.
• In Summit League play only, Omaha limits its opponents to a .409 percent field goal percentage and hold the opposition to a .321 percent from 3-point range, third lowest in the conference.
Scouting the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts enters the weekend with a record of 13-12 (5-7 Summit League) after an 82-35 defeat at South Dakota State on Wednesday. Maria Martianez had a team-high 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Faith Ihim leads the Golden Eagles in points (12.6) and rebounds (7.9) per game. The junior leads the league in rebounds and ranks third in field goal percentage (.515). Martianez (12.4), Lakota Beatty (12.4) and Kaylan (11.7) all average double-digits for ORU.
Head coach Misti Cussen is in her fifth year at ORU with a 72-76 record. Oral Roberts leads the all-time series with Omaha, 6-1. The two teams last met on Dec. 28, 2016, in Omaha, where the Golden Eagles won, 67-65.
Omaha Quick Hits
• Two Omaha starters average double-digit scoring: Mikaela Shaw (16.8) and Michaela Dapprich (12.8).
• Shaw became the only player in school history to reach the 1,600 points, 850 rebounds 290 assist milestone.
• Shaw (18.5) and Dapprich (15.8) average double-figures in conference play this season.
• The Mavericks finished 7-6 in non-conference play, marking their second straight season finishing .500 or better against non-conference opponents.
• Nine of Omaha's 11 wins this season have been by 20 points or more, and UNO has won those nine games by an average margin of 29 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.
• Shaw made her 110th consecutive appearance and reached double-figure in scoring for the 55th straight game.
• Head coach Brittany Lange has used three different lineups through 24 games this season.
• Shaw earned her first Summit League Player of the Week award of the season on Dec. 19.
• Every player on the active roster has made at least one 3-pointer this season. As a team, UNO is shooting .358 percent (200-of-558) from long-range.
• Nine different Mavericks have scored in double figures in 23 games this year.
• Shaw has had a double-double five times this season. Sophomore center Courtney Vaccher is the only other Maverick to accomplish the feat this season.
• Omaha returns eight letterwinners from its 2015-16 team, including three starters in Mikaela Shaw, Remy Davenport and senior guard Abi Lujan.
• The 2016-17 Preseason Summit League Coaches' Poll picked UNO to finish fifth, and Shaw earned Preseason All-Summit League First Team accolades.
• The Mavericks will play 29 games this season, including 12 contests at Baxter Arena and one at Sapp Fieldhouse.
Last Time Out: Western Illinois Tops Omaha, 80-63
Omaha trailed from the opening tip Saturday afternoon, falling 80-63 to Western Illinois at Western Hall.
Michaela Dapprich led the Mavericks with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting and had a team-high five steals. Ellie Brecht added 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting with three boards and two assists. Mikaela Shaw shot 5-of-12 from the field to total 10 points. It was the 55th consecutive game that the Deweese, Neb. native had reached double-figure points. Courtney Vaccher added seven points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Taylor Higginbotham had a game-high 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field, including four 3-pointers to lead the Leathernecks. Higginbotham also grabbed eight rebounds. Emily Clemens added 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, while Morgan Blumer had 13 points.
Omaha shot 42.9 percent (27-of-63) from the field, while Western Illinois shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61). The Mavericks converted 30.4 percent (7-of-23) of their 3-point attempts, while the Leathernecks hit 33.3 percent (7-of-21). WIU connected on 70.8 percent (17-of-24) of its free throws compared to 33.3 percent (2-of-6) by UNO.
Western Illinois jumped out to an early lead with a 5-0 run before Dapprich put Omaha on the board with a jumper. Dapprich’s bucket ignited a 7-3 UNO run, which brought the Mavericks within one. Although Omaha fought back within a possession, the Leathernecks finished the period with an 8-4 run and owned a 16-11 lead over the Mavericks after the first 10 minutes of play.
The Leathernecks opened the second quarter by outscoring the Mavericks 5-2, but Brecht responded by netting her first 3-pointer of the afternoon to keep Omaha within reach of WIU, 21-18. Brecht’s ninth point of the quarter narrowed Western Illinois’ lead to four with 2:15 left in the quarter, 32-28. Higginbotham hit a jumper in the waning seconds of the half to put WIU up 36-29 at halftime.
Western Illinois went on a 7-0 run to start the second half to put some distance between themselves and the Mavericks before Jay Bridgeman ended WIU’s run with her first points of the day. The Leathernecks moved back in front by 17 midway through the quarter, 48-31. Remy Davenport sparked a 7-2 Omaha run as the Mavericks closed the gap to 10 points. Western Illinois ended the quarter with four straight points for a 60-46 advantage.
Marissa Preston knocked down a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, but Western Illinois kept its momentum and pushed the lead back to 15 points at 64-49. Vaccher sparked a 9-2 Omaha run that eventually cut the WIU lead to 72-63 with 4:44 remaining. The Leathernecks regained their double-digit advantage down the stretch and secured an 80-63 victory.
Don’t Leave Early
A total of 13 points has separated Omaha and Oral Roberts in the last three games. ORU’s Lakota Beatty hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left on the clock to give the Golden Eagles a 67-65 win. Last season, Oral Roberts gained a nine-point decision on their home court last season, 67-58. ORU got a jumper from the free-throw line with two seconds left to play to pull off a 67-65 victory inside Baxter Arena on Jan. 21, 2016.
All Hands on Deck Against South Dakota State
In Omaha’s 83-82 win over the Jackrabbits on Jan. 28, five Mavericks finished in double-figures (Dapprich with 15, Preston with 15, Davenport with 13, Brecht with 11 and Shaw with 10). It was the second time a quintet of Mavericks reached 10 points or more in one contest, the last coming against the Lincoln University on Dec. 1, 2016.
The Shot Heard Around Baxter
Marissa Preston scored 15 points last Saturday against South Dakota State, but her final three were memorable. The junior took a pass from Mikaela Shaw with under three seconds left on the clock and lofted a 3-point shot that banked in to give Omaha an 83-82 win over SDSU.
For the evening, Preston finished 5-of-7 from the floor with five threes. She also dished out five assists on the night.
One of a Kind
Mikaela Shaw became the only player in Omaha women's basketball history to score 1,600 points, grab 850 rebounds and dish out 290 assists. Shaw also ranks fourth all-time in points per game (15.2) and seventh in rebounds per game (7.8).
Caring is Sharing
As a team, Omaha is second in The Summit League and 18th nationally with 410 total assists and 23rd with 17.1 assists per game. Mikaela Shaw averages 4.0 assists per game and has a team-leading 115 assists. Remy Davenport averages 3.3 helpers per game and has 80 so far this season. Four other Mavericks have 30-or-more assists on the season - sophomore guard Amber Vidal (79), Michaela Dapprich (46), junior guard Marissa Preston (41) and Abi Lujan (32).
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 16.8 ppg and 12.8 ppg, respectively. Remy Davenport averages 8.7 points per game followed by Courtney Vaccher's 7.0 ppg. Sophomore guard Ellie Brecht chips in 5.6 points per game, while Marissa Preston adds 5.0 ppg.
After scoring 29 points against IUPUI, Mikaela Shaw moved into third place all-time in career points with 1,672. Shaw passed Laura Anderson’s (1984-88) total of 1,658 points. Next up is Barb Hart’s (1977-81) 1,730 points. Niece Jochims (1975-79) is the all-time leader with 1,939 points.
Michaela Dapprich reached double figures 15 times this season and scored 20 or more points four times. She averages 12.8 points per game but averages 15.8 points in conference play.
The Mavericks rank 11th nationally in total 3-pointers made (200) and 17th in 3-pointers made per game (8.3). Their .440 field goal percentage is 39th nationally and second in the Summit League. Every player on the roster has connected on at least one trifecta. UNO has made 10 or more threes 10 times this season.
Omaha set a single-game record by connecting on 16 3-pointers against South Dakota State on Jan. 28.
The 800 Club
Mikaela Shaw is in sole possession of seventh place in career rebounds. The senior has 857 boards and needs five more to pass Laura Anderson for sixth place. Shaw is also the program's all-time leader in defensive rebounds with 616, surpassing Tanya Hammes' (1999-2002) mark of 502 and became the program’s all-time leader in offensive boards with 241.
The One to Count on
Mikaela Shaw made her 100th consecutive start on New Year's Day and is tied for second all-time in games started with 110. She tied Lindsey Petersen’s career mark of 111 starts last game out and should set the mark on Saturday at Oral Roberts.
Got a Minute?
This season eight different Mavericks are averaging 10-or-more minutes per game. Mikaela Shaw averages 31.8 minutes per game to lead Omaha. Two other Mavericks – Remy Davenport (30 mpg) and Michaela Dapprich (26.1) – average over 25 minutes per game.
Mikaela Shaw has now scored in double-figures in 55 straight games. The last time she scored less than 10 points was Feb. 26, 2015 against Fort Wayne.
Shaw-me the Way
Mikaela Shaw leads the Mavericks in points, rebounds, assists, blocked shots and minutes played per game. Shaw collected her 26th career double-double against Western Illinois. She scored a season-high 29 points against IUPUI and grabbed a season-best 14 boards against Indiana State.
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.
In the Paint
Courtney Vaccher tallied her first career double-double against UMKC. In that game, the sophomore post set career highs in points (17) and grabbed 11 rebounds. Vaccher set a career mark against Fort Wayne with 12 boards. This season, she is averaging 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She leads the team with a .609 field goal percentage (70-of-115).
All Little Bit of This and a Little of That
This season Remy Davenport is doing a little bit of everything for the Mavericks. The Blue Springs, Mo., native is averaging 8.7 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals per game and 0.6 blocks per game. Davenport set a career record with eight assists against Western Illinois and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds against Denver. Earlier this season, she scored a season-high 21 points against UMKC. Davenport blocked three shots to set her career-best against South Dakota State.
Jay Bridgeman is second on the team with a .600 (36-of-60) field goal percentage. She has scored in double figures three times this season. Bridgeman had double-digit games against Creighton (11), York (11) and Lincoln University (11).
Remy Davenport the Mavericks with 49 3-pointers this season and has connected from deep in 21 games this season.
The junior guard now ranks second in program history with 176 career treys. She needs 39 more treys to become the program's all-time leader. She connected on 65 3-pointers as a sophomore and set the UNO single-game record with 10 made treys against Denver on Jan. 17, 2016.
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 past Jill Dau (1985-89) into 16th place all-time. She needs two more to tie Stacy McArthur (1992—94, 95-96) and Felicia Anderson (2013-15) for 15th place.
In the Summit
Omaha is one of the strongest defensive teams in the Summit League, holding the opposition to the conference's third-lowest shooting percentage (.393) and allowing only 65.2 points per game.
UNO is second in assists per game (17.1), rebound margin (+4.1), field goal percentage (.440), and 3-pointers attempted per game (23.3). The Mavericks also rank in the top five in 10 other statistical categories.
Mikaela Shaw leads the league in defensive rebounds (142) and field goals made (151). The senior is second in total rebounds (190), rebounds per game (7.9) and assists (96). She is also in the top five in three other categories.
Nine of Omaha's 11 wins have come by an average margin of 29 points this year. The Mavericks have won by 20 three times 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
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.
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
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 to action on Wednesday, Feb. 15, hosting Fort Wayne. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena. The game will serve as team’s annual Pink Game. Donny Baarns will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2 and links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.