After suffering consecutive losses for the first time all season, the UNO women's basketball team returned to action last week, winning games against Sioux Falls and Dallas Christian while losing on the road to Missouri-Kansas City. After going 2-1 last week, the Mavs are now 11-8, but just 1-7 against Division I opponents following the 64-74 loss at UMKC.
UNO men's basketball is last in The Summit League in team defense, allowing 83 points per game. That stat reared its ugly head again in an 84-79 loss Saturday night at Cal State Bakersfield.
A year after Omaha dropped two games to the Roadrunners in 13 days, the Mavs again came up short against Bakersfield. The Roadrunners shot more than 15 points higher than their season average while improving their record to 7-13.
UNO dropped to 5-16 (2-6 Summit League) and allowed Bakersfield to make 53.8 percent of their shots. The Mavs shot an equally impressive 50.8 percent, but came up just short at the end of the game.
The UNO women's basketball team earned their first-ever Division I win on the road at Western Illinois two months ago. Junior guard Jamie Nash led the way, scoring 17 of the 25 points that came off the Maverick bench.
Last Wednesday the UNO men's basketball team played their final game at the Sapp Fieldhouse before moving to the Ralston Sports and Event Center next season. Alumni were in town to be honored and in-state rival Nebraska-Kearney was on the court trying to ruin all the festivities.
Despite not being eligible for post-season play, the UNO men's and women's basketball teams picked up awards last week when several members received All-Independent Honors. Four members of the men's team, and three members of the women's team, were named to the 2012 Independent Basketball All-Conference Teams by College Sports Madness.
UNO outlasted the Missouri Western Griffons for a 96-84 win Wednesday night at Sapp Fieldhouse, though the game itself was a side note.
All the anticipation for men's basketball's first home game at the new Ralston Arena came to fruition Friday night. It took UNO a little getting used to the new house but the Mavs went away a winner 77-64.