Carolyn Blair-Mobley had one year of eligibility left and a decision to make.
The 5-foot-10-inch forward, originally from St. Paul, Minn., had already played for Cloud County (Kan.) Community College for one season and then at Oklahoma State for two seasons. Her senior season, Blair-Mobley took a break from basketball to earn her degree. But she wasn't quite ready to walk away from basketball.
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.
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.
The UNO women's basketball team finished their season in Louisiana over the weekend, splitting their final two games with a win Saturday and an overtime loss on Monday.
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.
In her final performance at the Sapp Fieldhouse, senior Heather Pohl's double double helped UNO earn a 68-54 win over Dakota Wesleyan and assured the Mavs of their first winning season in three years. Pohl scored 17 points, including 12 in the second half, pulled down 10 rebounds and shot 4 of 7 from three-point range.
Every team responds to losing streaks differently. After not tasting victory since Jan. 8 at Johnson and Wales, the UNO men's basketball team had no choice but to get on the court and play.
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.