By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
Five games into the season UNO is the top shooting team in The Summit League. After Friday’s 73-39 home win over Texas-Arlington, it doesn’t look like they’ll be giving up that spot anytime soon.
Against UTA four Mavericks scored in double digits and UNO shot 45 percent from the field en route to winning and moving to 5-1 on the season. Carolyn Mobley-Blair led all players with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Mobley-Blair went 8-for-12 from the field including 3-for-5 from three-point range and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Ericka House added 17 on nine rebounds, Paige Frauendorfer put in 11 with seven boards and Jamie Nash scored an even 10 with four assists.
“We played as a team, came out with a lot of energy tonight and it really showed,” Mobley-Blair said.
While the Mavs were lighting it from all over the floor, their defense, also leading the conference in field goal percentage, was getting stop after stop. UNO held Arlington to just 18 percent shooting in the first half and 23 percent for the game.
The Mavs scored 27 points from three while holding UTA to just 2-of-15 from long range. Neither team looked spectacular in the turnover battle. But while UNO had three less giveaways (20-17), the Mavs also scored 23 points off turnovers while Arlington converted UNO turnovers into just eight points.
“I feel like we had a real good week of practice,” House said. “I think that carried over to the game.”
Arlington’s only lead of the game came when Laila Suleiman hit a three to make it 5-4. But UNO made their next seven shots in a row including three pointers on three of four possessions. At the under 12 timeout of the first half the Mavs were up 23-7 and UTA never got closer.
UNO was ahead 38-14 at halftime, and led by as much as 37 with 4:24 to go in the game.
“Overall, we played well,” Head Coach Chance Lindley said. “I think defensively we were solid all night, and we did a good job of forcing them to take some shots maybe they didn’t wanna take. That led to our offensive game as well.”