Omaha, USD Square Off in Summit League Quarterfinals
Fifth-seeded Omaha opens Summit League Championship play on Sunday, March 5, playing No. 4 South Dakota. Tipoff for Sunday’s quarterfinal round game is set for Noon at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, 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 the 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.
• Omaha clinched the No. 5 seed in the Summit League Tournament with its 100-78 win over Denver last Saturday.
• UNO makes its second appearance at the Summit League Championship this week in Sioux Falls, S.D.
• Senior Mikaela Shaw notched her ninth 20-point game of the year with a game-high 24 points vs. Denver, while senior Michaela Dapprich achieved her seventh 20-point game of the year with 22 points. It marked the 17th and 18th Maverick performances of 20 or more points this year.
• Junior Marissa Preston led the Summit League in three-point field goal percentage (47.3 pct.).
• Shaw became the first Omaha women’s basketball player to reach 1,700 points, 880 rebounds and 300 assists for a career.
• Shaw’s 485 points this year is the 11th-highest single-season scoring total in school history.
• Sophomore Courtney Vaccher’s 60.7 field goal percentage is the second highest single-season percentage in school history.
• Shaw led the Mavericks in points, rebounds and assists, and ranked in the top five in the Summit League in each category.
• Omaha posted 12 games where it connected on 10 or more three-pointers.
• This season UNO averaged 69.6 points per game and allowed only 65.3. Omaha outrebounded the opposition, 36.0 to 32.7.
• In Summit League play only, Omaha allowed the opposition to shoot 42.2 percent from the field and held them to 33.0 percent from long range.
2017 Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship Field Set
The field is set for this weekend’s 2017 Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship, with eight teams competing March 4-7 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The tournament champion advances to the NCAA Tournament as the league’s automatic bid. Tickets for the event can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Box Office.
2017 SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 4 • Quarterfinals
Game 1 (Noon) - No. 1 Western Illinois vs. No. 8 Denver (Midco/ESPN3)
Game 2 (2:30 p.m.) - No. 2 IUPUI vs. No. 7 North Dakota State (Midco/ESPN3)
Sunday, March 5 • Quarterfinals
Game 3 (Noon) - No. 4 South Dakota vs. No. 5 Omaha (Midco/ESPN3)
Game 4 (8:30 p.m.) - No. 3 South Dakota State vs. No. 6 Oral Roberts (Midco/ESPN3)
Monday, March 6 • Semifinals
Game 5 (Noon) - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3 (Midco/ESPN3)
Game 6 (2:30 p.m.) - Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 (Midco/ESPN3)
Tuesday, March 7 (Championship)
Game 7 (7 p.m.) - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 (ESPNU/WatchESPN.com)
Scouting the South Dakota Coyotes
South Dakota brings a record of 22-7 (11-5 Summit League) into Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup with Omaha. The Coyotes last played Feb. 25, falling 81-75 to Western Illinois on the road, where Abigail Fogg posted a team-high 20 points, and Allison Arens grabbed a game-high nine boards.
Head coach Dawn Plitzuweit is in her first season at South Dakota with a record of 22-7 and a career mark of 210-95 over 10 years. Sunday is the 77th meeting between Omaha and South Dakota, with the Coyotes leading the all-time series, 42-34. USD swept the season series, as South Dakota won the most recent matchup in Vermillion, 91-56, on Feb. 18, and 60-52 on Jan 14 at Baxter Arena.
Omaha Quick Hits
• Two Omaha starters average double-digit scoring – Mikaela Shaw (16.7) and Michaela Dapprich (13.7).
• The duo improved their production in conference play where Shaw averaged 17.9 per game and Dapprich averaged 16.5.
• Nine different Mavericks scored in double figures in 29 games this year.
• Shaw made her 115th consecutive appearance against Denver and earned Summit League Player of the Week honors on Dec. 19.
• Every player on the active roster has made at least one three-pointer this season. As a team, UNO is shooting 36.2 percent (247-of-683) from long-range.
• Shaw led the team with five double-doubles this season. Sophomore center Courtney Vaccher is the only other Maverick to accomplish the feat this season.
• Head coach Brittany Lange used four different lineups through 29 games this season.
• The Mavericks finished 7-6 in non-conference play, marking their second straight season finishing .500 or better against non-conference opponents.
• Eleven of Omaha's 15 wins this season have been by 20 points or more, and UNO has won those games by an average margin of 29.9 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.
• The Mavericks played 29 games this season, including 12 contests at Baxter Arena and one at Sapp Fieldhouse.
Last Time Out: Omaha Sends Seniors Off with 100-78 Win Over Denver
OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha capped the regular season in a big way Saturday afternoon, defeating Denver 100-78 on Senior Day at Baxter Arena.
Mikaela Shaw led all scorers with 24 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the field. The Deweese, Neb., native added a game-high six rebounds and two assists. Michaela Dapprich went over the 20-point mark for the third straight game, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. She added four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Remy Davenport chipped in 15 points on a 5-of-12 effort from the floor, including five three-pointers. Ellie Brecht added 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. Amber Vidal set a career-high with 11 assists in the game to go along with seven points. Abi Lujan rounded things out with three points, five boards, two assists and two steals.
Omaha had its highest field-goal percentage of the season, shooting 56.1 percent (37-of-66) from the floor. The Mavericks were also 41.7 percent (15-of-36) from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the free throw line, and they finished with a 24-13 advantage in steals.
Jacqlyn Poss had a team-high 20 points for Denver. Lauren Loven added 17 points off the bench, while Jordyn Alt had 13 points.
Omaha and Denver traded buckets to start the game, with a 10-10 tie broken with a Shaw three-pointer. A Jahla Osborne layup and free throw tied the game at 13-13 with 3:03 remaining in the first quarter. UNO rattled off a 9-3 scoring run to close the period capped by a Vidal jumper.
The Pioneers opened the second quarter with a 5-2 run to bridge the gap to three points. Omaha quickly pushed the lead back to eight on a put-back from Jay Bridgeman and a trey from Davenport. DU again cut the lead to three with 2:18 left in the half, but UNO countered with seven of the next nine points to put the Mavericks up 46-38 at the break.
UNO quickly extended its lead to double-digits early in the second half on a pair of Dapprich free throws. The Mavericks stretched the lead to 12 midway through the third quarter on a Lujan layup. Denver refused to yield, pulling back within five with 3:57 left in the period. Omaha countered with a 14-6 run to end the quarter and took a 71-58 lead into the final stanza.
Davenport asserted herself in four minutes of the fourth quarter, delivering three straight three-pointers as Omaha pushed its lead to 17 with 6:32 remaining. The lead hit 21 points two minutes later on a Vidal layup. The Pioneers made one last push scoring five of the next seven points, but the Mavericks countered with an 8-0 run capped off by a Brecht trey as Omaha reached the century mark, 100-76. Loven sank a pair of free throws to make the final, 100-78.
Shaw, Dapprich Earn All-Summit Honors
Mikaela Shaw and Michaela Dapprich were included on the All-Summit League teams released Thursday. Shaw earned Second-Team all-league honors, while Dapprich earned a spot on the honorable mention team, as well as a place on the all-newcomer team.
Last season, Omaha earned the No. 6 seed in its first Summit League Championship appearance and upset the No. 3 seed IUPUI, 62-51. Mikaela Shaw scored a game-high 22 points, while Remy Davenport added 11 points and four assists. The Mavericks then lost to No. 2 seed South Dakota State in the semifinals, 76-60.
Omaha was 8-1 this season when it shot 50 percent or better, including a 4-1 effort in league play. The Mavericks shot a season-high .561 (37-of-660 vs. Denver on Feb. 25.
Mavericks at Home
UNO held an 8-4 mark inside Baxter Arena this season. The Mavericks finished non-conference play with a 4-1 home record. Omaha finished 5-3 at home this season, but the three losses were by a combined total of 13 points. Omaha picked up an 83-82 win over South Dakota State on Jan. 28. The Mavericks wrapped up its home slate by averaging 95.5 points per game against North Dakota State and Denver.
The Maverick defense held the opposition to to 50 points or less six times this season and accomplished the feat against three Summit League teams. UNO’s best defensive effort came in a 100-37 victory over York on New Year’s Day. They followed that up by limiting IUPUI to only 44 points four days later. In February, the Mavericks held Oral Roberts and Fort Wayne to 49 points in back-to-back games.
This season, Mikaela Shaw became the only player in Omaha women’s basketball history to score 1,700 points, grab 880 rebounds and deliver 300 assists for a career. Shaw ranked second all-time in points scored with 1,755, sixth all-time with 887 rebounds and eighth all-time with 306 assists. She is also the program’s career leader in games started with 115 and minutes played (3,760) and is sixth all-time in games played (115).
After making 127 three-pointers in her first two seasons and 62 more this season, Remy Davenport has made her way into the top five in school history in made three-pointers. The Blue Springs, Mo., native is now second, and her next hurdle is to break Jennifer Mitchell’s (1998-02) career mark of 214 made threes.
Making Her Mark
Dapprich was fifth in the Summit League with 161 made field goals and 10th in points with 398. She averaged 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per contest, starting all 29 games. A native of Branson, Mo., Dapprich had 19 double-figure scoring games, including seven with 20 or more points.
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 into 12th place in program history with 86 made threes and is now 11 made treys behind Amy Breen’s 97 from 1993-97.
Mikaela Shaw averaged a team-leading 16.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting .489 from the field. Shaw finished the regular season ranked fourth in the conference in scoring; including 17.9 points per game in Summit League play, and led the league in field goals made (184) as well as defensive rebounds (162). She was second in total rebounds (220), third in assists (107) and fifth in free throws made (105). Shaw earned one Summit League Player of the Week honor this season on Dec. 19. She closed the year with 28 double-figure scoring games, including nine with 20 or more points.
Lending a Helping Hand
Amber Vidal set a career-high with 11 assists in last Saturday’s game against Denver. Vidal is currently second on the team with 102 assists, which also is a career-best.
This season 11 of Omaha’s 15 wins have come by an average margin of 29.9 points this year. The Mavericks have won by 25 or more six times this season with the largest margin of victory being 69 points.
Caring is Sharing
As a team, Omaha is second in The Summit League and 21st nationally with 488 total assists and 19th with 16.8 assists per game. Mikaela Shaw is third in the conference in assists per game (3.8) and total assists (107). Amber Vidal averaged a career-best 3.5 assists per game and had 102 for the season, and Remy Davenport averaged 3.2 assists and had a career mark of 93 assists. Three other Mavericks finished with 35-or-more assists on the year – Michaela Dapprich (54), Marissa Preston (52) and Abi Lujan (35).
Points, Points, Points
The Mavericks had six players’ average 5.0-or-more points this season. Mikaela Shaw and Michaela Dapprich led the way averaging 16.7 ppg and 13.7 ppg, respectively. Remy Davenport averaged 8.7 points per game followed by Courtney Vaccher's 7.0 ppg. Marissa Preston chipped in 5.9 points per game, while sophomore guard Ellie Brecht added 5.7 a game.
The Mavericks rank 13th nationally in total three-pointers made (247) and 14th in three-pointers made per game (8.5). Their 36.2 three-point field goal percentage is 27th nationally. Every player on the roster has connected on at least one trifecta. UNO has made 10 or more threes 12 times this season. Omaha set a single-game record by connecting on 16 three-pointers against South Dakota State on Jan. 28.
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 (29.4 mpg) and Michaela Dapprich (26.2) – average over 25 minutes per game.
What Makes Up the Mavericks
• Omaha returned five of its top six scorers from 2015-16 this season, including leading scorer senior Mikaela Shaw (18.3 ppg) and second-leading scorer Remy Davenport (10.3 ppg).
• Shaw led the Summit League in scoring last season and finished in the top five in rebounds.
• Davenport and Shaw each averaged over 30 minutes per game in 2015-16.
• UNO’s 2016-17 roster includes three seniors, three juniors, six sophomore and two freshman.
• The Mavericks were picked fifth in the Summit League’s Preseason Poll released in October, and Shaw was named to the Preseason All-Summit League First Team for the second straight season.
• UNO returned four players who averaged 5.0 or more points per game last year: Shaw (18.3), Davenport (10.3), Amber Vidal (5.9) and Ellie Brecht (5.7).
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
Before transferring to Omaha last season, Mikaela 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.
Omaha Basketball Schedule Set
UNO's 2016-17 schedule included 29 games, and the team played in 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. Additionally, the Mavericks played WNIT champions South Dakota twice.
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.
Lange's assistants are Lee Aduddell, Rodney Rogan, and Kirk Walker. Sadie Murren is in her first season as the director of basketball operations.
With a win in Sunday’s Summit League Championship quarterfinals, Omaha returns to action on Monday, March 6 to face Western Illinois or Denver in the semifinal round. Tipoff is set for Noon at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, 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 links to live video, audio and stats will be available on OMavs.com.