By Jackson Taylor
The Omaha women’s basketball team began their year on a high-note with a 75-60 victory against-Central Florida on Saturday, their first regular season game in Baxter Arena.
Junior forward Mikaela Shaw and sophomore guard Remy Davenport led Omaha with 18 points apiece. Shaw shot 5-for-7 from the field and knocked down eight free throws out of ten.
The sharpshooting Davenport nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second quarter. This prompted Omaha to outscore UCF 24-18 in the second, extending their halftime lead to eight points.
Omaha wasted no time after the break as they jumped out to a 10-0 run to start the second half. Fresh-man from San Antonio Amber Vidal shined on Saturday, scoring 11 points and recording five assists in her first collegiate game, including a 9-0 personal scoring run.
Junior guard Abi Lujan snatched a team-best nine boards, while Vanessa Barajas collected six. Freshman Ellie Brecht scored nine points in her first regular season collegiate game.
As a team, Omaha shot 36.9 percent and netted 10 3-pointers. Although the Mavericks were out-rebounded by UCF, they won the turnover margin, which made the difference in the game.
The Mavericks looked much better than in their exhibition loss to Di-vision II Washburn, as they led by as many as 18 against a UCF team that has won its first three games of the season, two years in a row.
As a veteran leader on the team, Shaw rose to the occasion when UCF made a late 8-0 run in an attempt to get back into the game.
After the Mavericks went scoreless for almost three minutes, Shaw scored 10 of the last 11 points for UNO to seal the victory. Shaw and Davenport combined for the last seven points of the game.
After starting the season 1-0, the Mavericks will be tested on Tuesday, Nov. 17 as they face North Dakota on the road at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on 1180 AM.