Omaha Welcomes IUPUI to Baxter Arena
The Omaha women’s basketball team returns to Summit League play this Thursday, Jan. 5, hosting IUPUI. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena. 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 wraps up its three-game homestand this Thursday, welcoming IUPUI to Baxter Arena at 7 p.m.
• 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 100th consecutive appearance for the Mavericks on Sunday against York College.
• Two of Omaha’s starters average double-figure scoring: Mikaela Shaw (15.2 ppg) and senior guard Michaela Dapprich (11.0 ppg).
• The Mavericks defeated York College 106-37 to wrap up non-conference play on New Year’s Day. UNO is 7-7 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 (120-of-323) 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 IUPUI Jaguars
IUPUI brings an 11-3 overall mark (1-0 Summit League) into Thursday’s matchup with Omaha. The Jaguars last played Dec. 31, 2016, defeating Western Illinois at home, 66-52. Danielle Lawrence leads IUPUI in scoring with 15.2 points per game. Mikale Rogers is the leader in rebounds averaging 7.6 boards per game.
Head coach Austin Parkinson is in his seventh season at IUPUI with a career mark of 107-95. Thursday marks the 10th all-time meeting between Omaha and IUPUI, with the Jaguars leading 6-3. UNO won the last meeting, 62-51, on March 6, 2016, in the Summit League tournament.
Last Time Out: Omaha Cruises Past York, 106-37
Five Mavericks scored in double figures to lead Omaha to a 106-37 rout of York College Sunday afternoon at Sapp Fieldhouse.
Senior guard Michaela Dapprich led the Mavericks with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers and six assists. Senior forward Mikaela Shaw followed with 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.
Sophomore center Courtney Vaccher also scored in double figures, connecting on 7-of-7 from the field en route to 16 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Moriah Dapprich added 13 points and eight rebounds. Freshman forward Jay Bridgeman rounded out the double-figure scoring performances with 11 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Greer Kleber led York with 11 points off the bench, while Jesse Poneoma finished with seven points.
UNO controlled the glass, outrebounding York, 46-21, and outscored the Panthers in the paint, 48-14. The Mavericks only turned the ball over six times and converted 24 York turnovers into 35 points. Omaha set season-highs in assists (30) and steals (16).
Omaha started the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back. Vaccher opened the game with a layup, before back-to-back 3-pointers from junior guard Remy Davenport and Michaela Dapprich increased the UNO advantage to 8-2 with 7:33 to go in the first quarter. After a basket from York’s Jacqueline Esquivel, Bridgeman converted an opportunity in the paint, and a pair of buckets from Shaw ballooned the Maverick lead to 16-4 with 3:16 left in the period. The Panthers would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the stanza.
The Mavericks opened the second quarter on an 18-2 run as they pushed to lead to 33 points. Sophomore guard Amber Vidal picked off a York pass and scored a fast break layup to open the scoring for UNO. A layup by Vaccher and a trey by Moriah Dapprich pushed the Omaha lead to 24 points with 7:58 left in the first half. Davenport and junior guard Marissa Preston hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the lead increased to 33. Another three from Michaela Dapprich gave Omaha its biggest lead of the half at 36 points with 26 seconds left in the period, before a three-point play from York’s Kat Mosely made the halftime score 52-19.
Omaha’s lead grew to 50 points midway through the third quarter on buckets from Bridgeman and Preston. UNO reached the century mark with 2:19 left in regulation on a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Ellie Brecht. Another trey from senior guard Abi Lujan with 1:30 remaining gave Omaha its largest lead of the game at 70 points, 105-35, before going on to the 106-37 victory.
Mikaela Shaw made her 100th consecutive start on New Year’s Day. The senior needs only two 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
The 17 points scored by Mikaela Shaw on Sunday afternoon marked the 45th consecutive game the forward has reached double figures 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 reached double-digits for the sixth time this season by scoring 18 points against York College. Dapprich has twice this season gone over 20 points in a game. This season the senior is averaging 11.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Omaha’s seven wins have come by an average margin of 34.4 points this year. The Mavericks have won by 20 (at Florida A&M), 23 (at UMKC), 25 (vs. Wofford), 27 (vs. Indiana State), 28 (vs. North Texas), 49 (vs. Lincoln University) and 69 (vs. York College).
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 (.381). UNO is second in assists (17.4), rebound margin (+5.5) and defensive rebounds (5.5). The Mavericks are third in field goal percentage (.444), 3-pointers made (8.6), 3-point field goal percentage (.372) and steals (7.9).
Mikaela Shaw leads the league in total defensive rebounds with 83. Shaw is second in rebounds per game (7.9) and is third in total rebounds (110) and assists (56). She is also fourth in points per game with 15.2. Additionally, Marissa Preston ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage (.485).
Leading the Way
Mikaela Shaw leads the Mavericks in points, rebounds, assists (4.0), 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 7.3 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 9.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.4 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.
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 120 3-pointers through 14 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 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 17.8 minutes per game. Preston is shooting 47.9 percent (23-of-48) from the field and 48.5 percent (16-of-33) 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 1,483 points and needs only five points to surpass Jennifer Mitchell’s 1,487 points for seventh place. Shaw passed former teammate Paige Frauendorfer (2009-12) for seventh place and is 84 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). 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.
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 Saturday, Jan. 7, visiting South Dakota State. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D. The game will be televised on Midco Sports Network 2/ESPN3. 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.