Winning streak snapped as Omaha falls to SIUE

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COURTESY OF UNO ATHLETICS
COURTESY OF UNO ATHLETICS

By Jackson Taylor
SPORTS EDITOR

The Omaha women’s basketball team’s win streak came to an end on Sunday, falling to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 90-86 in overtime. The Mavericks dropped to 8-3 on the season. The Cougars improved to 5-6 on the year with the win.

The Mavericks wasted no time getting their offense going as they posted 28 first quarter points. Mikaela Shaw led Omaha offensively with 11 points in the first quarter and 26 overall. Shaw leads the Summit League in points per game with 17.9 and ranks in the top 30 points and rebounds in UNO history. The junior guard collected her 500th career rebound and had 10 total in the game.

Despite nine first half turnovers, UNO kept SIUE out of their offensive rhythm in the first two quarters thanks to a superb defensive effort and lights out shooting.

Omaha was on fire from three in the first half, shooting 7-10 from behind the arc. Sophomore shooting guard Remy Davenport finished the game with 13 points and shot 3-7 from three. Freshman guard

Amber Vidal, who came into the game averaging 7.7 points per game, also contributed with 9 points.
The Mavericks seemed to be in complete control over the Cougars, leading 48-31 at half.

Omaha saw their commanding lead fall apart early in the second half. To close out the third quarter, SIUE came storming back with a 23 to 7 run to cut the lead to 65-57.

In the final period of play, Omaha and SIUE both tightened up on defense, with just ? total points scored in the fourth. SIUE was able to at-tack the rim and draw key fouls on Omaha to come back to within two points.

With 4:20 remaining, Omaha made their 20th turnover of the game, their 20th of the game, giving the ball back to the Cougars. Senior

SIUE guard Shronda Butts proceeded to drive the lane for a three-point play. Butts finished with 30 points on the game.

After trailing by 23 in the second half, SIUE tied the game at 79 with just a minute to play, sending the game to overtime. SIUE took its first lead of the game of a quick three in overtime and were able to hang on for the win after knocking down late free-throws.

The Mavericks shot 54 percent to SIUE’s shot 42 percent on the game.

Omaha looks to improve to 6-0 at home next week when they host Creighton on Dec. 20. Last year, the Mavericks fell at Creighton 67-50. The Blue Jays are 4-6 on the year and are currently sliding on a 4 game losing streak. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at Baxter Arena.

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