Mavericks to Tussle with York on New Year’s Day
The Omaha women’s basketball team closes non-conference play this Sunday, Jan. 1, hosting York College. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. at Sapp Fieldhouse. 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.
Maverick Quick Hits
• Omaha continues its three-game homestand this Sunday, welcoming York College.
• 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.
• Two of Omaha’s starters average double-figure scoring: senior forward Mikaela Shaw (15.1 ppg) and senior guard Michaela Dapprich (10.5 ppg).
• The Mavericks fell in their Summit League opener on Wednesday evening against Oral Roberts, 67-65. UNO is 6-7 overall (0-1 Summit League).
• Omaha returns eight letterwinners from its 2015-16 team, including three starters in Mikaela Shaw, senior guard Abi Lujan and junior guard Remy Davenport.
• Shaw earned her first Summit League Player of the Week award of the season on Dec. 19.
• Twelve different Mavericks have had at least one 3-pointer this season. As a team, UNO is shooting 37.2 percent (108-of-290) from distance.
• 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.
• Brittany Lange is in her fourth season as head coach.
Scouting the York College Panthers
York College brings a 0-14 overall mark (0-8 KCAC) into Sunday’s matchup with Omaha. The Panthers last played Dec. 13, losing 79-67 at Oklahoma Wesleyan. Justine Maniarrez had a game-high 21 points off the bench while Julissa Vargas added 18 points.
Head coach Matthew Madole is in his fifth season at York College with a career record of 35-85. Sunday marks the eighth all-time meeting between Omaha and York, with the Mavericks leading 7-0. UNO won the last meeting, 80-37, on Dec. 1, 2011, in Omaha.
Last Time Out: Oral Roberts Edges Omaha, 67-65
Omaha led much of the game but was unable to fend off a late rally by Oral Roberts on Wednesday evening, falling 67-65 at Baxter Arena.
Michaela Dapprich had game-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor with three 3-pointers. Dapprich added six rebounds and three assists. Mikaela Shaw scored 14 points and a team-best eight boards.
Faith Ihim had a double-double to lead Oral Roberts with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Lakota Beatty scored 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting from the floor with five 3-pointers. Kaylan Mayberry was also in double figures with 14 points and eight boards.
The Mavericks pushed their lead to 13 points early in the third quarter, as a layup from sophomore center Courtney Vaccher and a trey by Davenport made the score 41-28. Beatty hit three 3-pointers as ORU outscored UNO 17-8 over a span of 5:57 cutting the lead to four points, 49-45. Omaha, however, closed the quarter with a trey from Davenport, leaving Omaha with a 52-45 advantage at the end of the period.
A jumper by Shaw with 8:07 left in the fourth quarter gave UNO a 55-49 lead. Oral Roberts then rallied again with a 6-2 run, as Montserrat Brotons connected on back-to-back buckets. Dapprich answered with a layup with 4:12 remaining to make the score 61-57. Two Mayberry free throws cut the Omaha lead to two points. The Mavericks managed to extend the lead to 65-61 with 1:46 remaining on a Shaw basket. Following a Beatty free throw, Maria Martianez cut the UNO lead to one with a jumper. With five seconds left, Beatty hit a 3-pointer putting the Golden Eagles ahead 67-65. On the final possession, Shaw was able to put up a falling last-second shot, but time expired to give ORU the win.
Mikaela Shaw has started every game in her Maverick career and is slated to make her 100th career appearance on Sunday afternoon against York. The senior needs only three 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.
The One to Count On
Mikaela Shaw’s 14 points on Wednesday night marked the 44th consecutive game the forward has reached double-digits for the Mavericks. The last time she scored less than 10 points was Feb. 26, 2015 against Fort Wayne.
Double Digits for Dapprich
Michaela Dapprich’s 20 points against Oral Roberts was the fifth time this season the senior has reached double-figures and the second time scoring 20 points or more. Dapprich averages 10.5 points per game.
Omaha’s six wins have come by an average margin of 28.7 points this year. The Mavericks have 20 (at Florida A&M), 23 (at UMKC), 25 (vs. Wofford), 27 (vs. Indiana State), 28 (vs. North Texas) and 49 (vs. Lincoln University).
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 is second in the league in assists (16.4), rebound margin per game (+4.0) and opponents’ field goal percentage (.387). The Mavericks are third in 3-pointers made (8.3), steals (7.3) and defensive rebounds (26.7).
Mikaela Shaw leads the league in total defensive rebounds with 78. She is second in rebounds per game (7.9), third in total rebounds (103) and fourth in assists (49). Shaw’s 15.1 points per game rank fifth in the conference. Additionally, Marissa Preston ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage (.500).
Leading the Way
Mikaela Shaw leads the Mavericks in points, rebounds, assists (3.8), blocked shots (0.6) and minutes played (31.2) 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 6.8 points and 4.9 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 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Earlier this season, she dished out six assists against Lincoln University and Wofford which tied her career best.
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.
For the second time this season, Jay Bridgeman reached double-figures for the Mavericks. The redshirt freshman scored a career-best 11 points against Creighton. She scored 10 points along with five rebounds and a blocked shot 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 19th all-time in made treys with 65 and needs four more to move past Ashley Freerksen (2005-06) into 17th place.
Omaha has made 108 3-pointers through 13 games while shooting 37.2 percent from deep. Every player on the roster has connected on at least one trifecta. UNO has made 10 or more threes six 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 17.8 minutes per game. Preston is shooting 46.5 percent (20-of-43) from the field and 50.0 percent (15-of-30) 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 Alyssa Green (2006-9) for eighth place on the career scoring chart with 1,466 points and is closing in on Jennifer Mitchell’s 1,487 points for seventh place. Shaw passed former teammate Paige Frauendorfer (2009-12) for seventh place and is 91 rebounds shy of catching Laura Anderson (1984-87) for sixth place.
Shaw is the program’s all-time leader in defensive rebounds with 552, surpassing Tanya Hammes’ (1999-2002) mark of 502. She needs only 22 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 28 3-pointers this season and has connected from deep in 12 games this season.
The junior guard now ranks fourth in program history with 155 career treys. She needs 59 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). Redshirt junior guard 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.
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 Summit League action on Thursday, Jan. 5, hosting IUPUI. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena, and Donny Baarns will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2. Fans can stream the audio on their smartphones by downloading NRG Media’ app “1620 The Zone,” and links to live stats and audio will be available on OMavs.com.