Women’s basketball ends drought with win over IUPUI

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By Avery Wenck, Sports Editor

The Omaha women’s basketball team dominated the second half on Saturday in a 66-49 win over Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) that ended their seven game skid. Thanks to a 24 percent shooting effort in the second half by the Jaguars, the Mavericks were able to outscore IUPUI 18-36. The Mavericks will have consistent scoring and a fast start to thank for their win as everyone on the team besides one player was able to score. UNO started the game with a 22-8 lead before allowing the Jaguars to get back into the game and tie it up. IUPUI would eventually build up a small lead but it would not last long as the Mavericks would storm out of halftime and regain the lead. The Mavericks held their lead for the majority of the game and IUPUI was only able to hold the lead for three minutes of game time. Omaha had three players in double figures in Madi Robson, Lanese Bough and Davenport. Omaha’s defense at the end of the second half was outstanding and they were able to hold IUPUI without a FG in the last 4:28 to close out the game. The Mavericks were able to outrebound the Jaguars 38-34 while also committing less turnovers. Omaha also continued their fine shooting effort from behind the arc, going 7-17 for 41 percent. Mikale Rogers, who went 8-19 for a game-high 21 points, led IUPUI. She got little help from the rest of her team, who were unable to match her efforts in the game. The next highest scorer was Jenna Gunn, who had six points on 3-7 shooting. The story of the game will be the fact that the Mavericks finally played the way they have been told. According to guard Remy Davenport, the guards are starting to be more vocal when they’re open for the ball. “Us shooters are the quiet group,” said Davenport. “We’ve started to get louder on offense when calling for the ball. I think they [point guards] have done a really good job of running the offense and getting us the ball when we’re open.” The Mavericks have found it tough over the past month, having lost seven straight including the first four games of Summit League play. This was an IUPUI team that Omaha has struggled with in the past and it will be a very positive win for them as they get into the middle of their conference schedule. The next couple of games will provide the Mavericks with an opportunity to get off of the bottom of the conference standings. Head Coach Brittany Lange said that it was positive for her team to go forty minutes and stay focused. “I think the team executed exactly how we wanted them to,” said Lange. “We played forty minutes without any lulls and actually outrebounded them which was good.” IUPUI drops to 7-11 overall and 2-3 in the Summit League while Omaha gets their first conference win of the season bringing their record to 6-11 overall and 1-4 in conference. North Dakota State will come to the Sapp Fieldhouse on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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