By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
A week after facing Division I competition in a trip to the East coast, the UNO women’s basketball team was back in Omaha for two matchups with Division II teams. Stacia Gebers had a career-high 18 points and junior guard Paige Frauendorfer added two double doubles in wins over York and Briar Cliff.
The Mavs downed York 80-37 on Thursday then defeated Briar Cliff 63-47 Saturday afternoon. UNO is now 5-3 and has two more home games against D-II teams before going back on the road for three straight games against Division I.
Through the first eight games, the winning trend has been the rebounding margin. When the Mavs win the battle on the glass, they’re 4-0. When they lose it, UNO is just 1-3. In the games against York and Briar Cliff, the Mavs won the rebounding margin by a combined total of 43.
Against York the Mavs had a fast start and dominated the paint. The Panthers got the first hoop of the night, a three by Sara Lincoln, 14 seconds into the game. It was the only time York led in the game.
UNO responded with a 10-0 run and built the lead to 24-5 midway through the first half. The Panthers only managed 13 points in the first 20 minutes and allowed the Mavs to rack up 34 points in the paint.
UNO went into the locker room leading 45-13, getting 27 points off of turnovers and 17 second-chance points. The large halftime lead removed any possible drama for the second half.
The Mavs maintained a lead of over 30 points the entire half and pushed it to 40 when a layup by Frauendorfer made it 67-27 with 8:45 to go in the game. UNO scored 28 points in the paint in the second half and added another 13 from turnovers.
In total, the Mavs got 62 of their 80 points in the paint, compared to just 10 for York. Frauendorfer led the way with 17 points, and five players from UNO scored in double digits. Senior forward Heather Pohl had 10 points, freshman center Kelly Taijhe had a career-high 12 points, junior guard Rese Huddlin also had a career-high of 12 and Gebers had 14. Frauendorfer also led the team in rebounds with 12, and junior guard Jamie Nash had seven assists.
The Mavs took that domination of the paint and carried it over to a 63-47 win over Briar Cliff two days later. The margin wasn’t quite as large as in the win over York. But UNO still won the battle down low, scoring 34 points in the paint against just 14 by the Chargers.
Gebers’ career high 18 points came on 9 for 10 shooting from the field. Frauendorfer’s double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds was her third in a row and fourth of the year.
Again the opponent got the first hoop of the game, a three, and again it was the only deficit UNO faced all game. Kylie Dilla got the Chargers a 3-0 lead 20 seconds in, but the Maverick defense then held Briar Cliff scoreless for more than six minutes.
An 11-0 run was capped by a jumper from Gebers with 12:42 to go in the half. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way and UNO increased their lead to 19 when Nash made it 39-10 on a layup with 55 seconds to go.
The Mavs took 39-26 lead into the half, scoring 19 points off of turnovers, compared to just four for Briar Cliff. The Chargers got no closer than 13 in the second half, once trailing by 20 with just over three minutes remaining.
The 63-47 win came on a rebounding margin of 44-35 and 47.4 percent shooting from the field. The Mavs turned the ball over 26, times but Briar Cliff was one worse with 27.
UNO was able to score 26 points off those turnovers while the Chargers only got 10. Frauendorfer also led the way with 12 rebounds, and Nash put in a team-leading eight assists.