The women's basketball team fell just short of another massive upset Saturday at Sapp Fieldhouse, losing 62-57 to No. 20 Emporia State.
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 a season of change, success at home was the constant. In eight home games at the Sapp Fieldhouse, only one opponent had come in and stolen a win away from the UNO women's basketball team.
A week after facing Division I competition in a trip to the East coast, the UNO women's basketball team was back in Omaha for two matchups with Division II teams. Stacia Gebers had a career-high 18 points and junior guard Paige Frauendorfer added two double doubles in wins over York and Briar Cliff.
Junior guard Justin Simmons has filled a role the Mavs have so desperately needed in 2012/13. The graduation of former leading scorer Mitch Albers left the team without a reliable scorer.
But Simmons has picked up the slack, averaging 14.6 points on the season and 20.5 in his last eight games. Some of that scoring success can be attributed to improving his 3-point shot, something Simmons has been focusing on lately.
Simmons changed his shot back to the form he developed his last year in junior college.