Women’s basketball: team looks to build success around young players

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PHOTO COURTESY OF UNO ATHLETICS
PHOTO COURTESY OF UNO ATHLETICS

The UNO women’s basketball will see a lot of new faces this year, as they return just four players.

However, Omaha returns its two top scorers from last year in Mikaela Shaw and Remy Davenport. Shaw, a 6-foot junior guard, averaged 15.4 points per game and 8.7 rebounds last year.

Shaw earned the Marian Ivers Female Athlete of the Year and Academic All-Summit League. Davenport is the team’s best shooter from behind the arc.

Last year as a freshman, Davenport played in all 28 games and started 17, averaging 9.2 points per game. She knocked down 39 3-pointers during conference play, good for third overall in the Summit League. Davenport and Shaw should lead the scoring effort for Omaha this year.

Omaha returns four letterwinners and adds six freshman to the roster. The freshmen include Ellie Brecht, Jay Bridgeman, Sara Echelberry, Caroline Hogue, Kalen Phillips and Amber vidal. Also new to the team are five transfers: Michaela Dapprich (Wichita State), Moriah Dapprich (Wichita State), Abi Lujan (Western Nebraska CC), Marissa Preston (Wichita State) and Courtney Vaccher (Texas Tech). The Dapprich sisters and Vaccher will sit out this year due to transfer rules.

Center Vanessa Barajas and guard Bobbi Beckwith started a handful of games last year and will be valuable experienced players for Omaha. Barajas averaged 1.8 ppg last year as a freshman. Beckwith averaged 3.6 after transferring from Indiana State.

The Mavericks open their regular season on Saturday, Nov. 14 when they host Central Florida at 2 p.m

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