By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
After making new head coach Chance Lindley’s debut at Sapp Field House a successful one, the UNO women’s basketball team took to the road for games last Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The three-game stretch included a matchup with #14 Kentucky, a trip to Division II West Virginia St. and a game at Marshall Sunday afternoon.
Paige Frauendorfer continued her hot start to the season, leading the Mavs in scoring for two of the three contests. Coming into the weekend, the junior guard from Humphrey, Neb. was averaging 19.3 points per game, 57 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.
Junior Jamie Nash, Frauendorfer’s partner in the backcourt, has been just as effective in the early going. As the Mavs took to the road, Nash was averaging 16.3 points, 8.3 assists and 6.3 steals per game.
In the first year of reclassification to Division I, UNO had yet to face a D-I team. Wednesday afternoon at #14 Kentucky showed some of the growing pains that can come with that process.
The Mavs committed 42 turnovers and could only remain competitive the first 15 minutes of the game, losing 81-48.
Frauendorfer had a team high of 12 points, Nash added nine of her own and sophomore Stacia Gebers had eight. UNO only managed six assists and lost the rebound battle 44-29.
Six minutes in the Mavs trailed 11-10, but a 15-2 run by the Wildcats over the next 3:09 put UNO in a 26-12 hole.
Frauendorfer ended the run with a jumper, but Kentucky scored the next 15 and ended the first twenty minutes with a 45-19 lead. At one point the Mavs went scoreless for a period of 7:12 in the first half.
UNO had a better second half, only getting outscored 36-29, but the poor play of the first half was too much. The Mavs shot 47.5 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from three-point range, but had about half as many attempts (40-79) as did the Wildcats.
Saturday afternoon UNO went on a 12-0 run over the final 3:07 of the game to defeat West Virginia St. 68-59. With the game tied at 56, the Yellow Jackets hit a three to take a temporary lead with 3:21 remaining.
It would be the final points for West Virginia St. The Mavs made every shot and free throw they took from that point on while holding the Yellow Jackets to 0 for 5 from three and forcing two turnovers.
After the West Virginia St. three, UNO senior forward Heather Pohl drew a shooting foul and knocked down both free throws. Gebers followed the points up with a steal, then made a shot and was fouled on the other end of the floor.
The Mavs led 61-59 with 2:29 left. UNO then rebounded Yellow Jacket misses from three-point land on the next two possessions. Junior forward Zenta Liepa hit a three to make it 64-59 with 1:03 left, and Gebers and Nash each hit two free throws to seal the 68-59 road win.
Frauendorfer was one of four Mavs, including Nash, Gebers and Pohl that all had 12 points. Nash led the way in rebounds and assists, pulling down seven boards and distributing eight scoring chances.
UNO was back on the court less than 24 hours later, facing their second D-I team of the year. The Mavs were unable to continue the success from the previous day and fell in a close one 54-48.
Pohl led all UNO players with 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Frauendorfer was just behind at 10 points, and had a team high of 11 rebounds.
Pohl and Frauendorfer were the only two players in double digits for the Mavs. UNO could only manage 30.2 percent shooting from the field, and gave up 28 turnovers.
Pohl led off the game with a three pointer and at the first media timeout, 5:01 into the game, UNO led 10-7. The Thundering Herd responded to take a 14-12 lead, but Frauendorfer hit a three on the next possession to get UNO ahead 15-14 with 4:01 to go in the half.
Marshall went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the first half and took a 31-21 lead into the break. UNO chipped away at the lead in the second half and took a brief 42-41 lead when junior guard Rese Huddlin made one of two free throws with 7:21 to go. The Maverick defense surrendered four straight scores and the Thundering Herd was back ahead 49-42 with 5:10 to go.
Two free throws by Nash got UNO to within 48-51 with 1:11 to go, but it would be the Mavs final points. UNO got a stop on the next possession, and Nash drew another foul with 42 seconds remaining.
She was unable to make either of her shots, and the Mavs were forced to foul from there on out. Marshall made three of their final four free throw chances and grabbed the victory 54-48.