By Andrew Nelson
The Lady Mavericks earned their fourth-straight win last Wednesday defeating the NAIA’s Midland Warriors 58-53.
Omaha dominated the game on the boards out rebounding the Warriors 37-23. Mikaela Shaw had eight of those rebounds, as well as 15 points to lead the Mavericks in scoring.
Not far behind was Caroline Hogue who tallied 12 points, and had three blocked shots. Abi Lujan helped Shaw on the boards, also pulling down eight of her own and scoring seven points.
Omaha had a lead after the first quarter, but the second quarter saw a back-and-forth battle for the lead. Midland took the lead twice, the second with just about three minutes left in the half. Omaha used a three-pointer from Remy Davenport near half time to regain a five-point lead heading into halftime.
The Mavericks took business into their own hands in the second half and expanded their lead to 13 over the Warriors by the end of the third quarter. Omaha’s Ellie Brecht, who finished with 11 points, hit two three-pointers in the fourth quarter to extend the lead, but the Warriors didn’t stop fighting.
Midland’s Miranda Paul hit two treys of her own to get the Warriors within a basket, but Davenport sunk two free-throws for the Mavs with just eight seconds left to seal the victory.
Omaha finished the afternoon shooting 43.4 (23-53) percent from the floor, and 42.1 percent (8-19) from long-range to top the Warriors. Midland shot a dismal 31.3 percent from the floor, and just 28.6 percent from three-point range. Each time was right around the 80 percent mark for free throws.
The Mavericks (7-3) will return to the court this Sunday night for a match-up with cross-town rivals the Creighton Bluejays (4-5). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Baxter Arena.