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January 30, 2009

Mavericks vs. Fort Hays State Recap

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 7:18 am

On the Women’s Side we have some good news!!! The Mavericks defeated Fort Hays 69-60, their first win in 2 weeks ending a 3 game slide.  This game would not have been nearly as close had Fort Hays State’s Naomi Bancroft not gone off for a school record 9 3 pointers on 17 shots.  She scored a career high 33 points overall.  Apart from Naomi… the Tigers shot 28% (7% from 3).  She scored over half their points.  Incredible “one-woman” effort. Morgan Clark added 11 points and 12 rebounds.  apart from the Tigers were a laughable 21% from the field.  They combined for 73% of their team’s points.  Add in Ashley Cornett’s 6 points and we have 83% of the points and the rest of the team shoots 15%.

The Mavericks shot a bit better and spread the wealth some.  Cayla Hargrove came off the bench and hit 3 3’s to lead the team with 22 points.  Amanda Brodsack poured in 19 more and 9 rebounds.  Brodsack hit 3 3’s of her own, now shooting 46% from 3, 55% in conference.  Incredible shooting.  Brodsack lead the team in rebounds for the 6th straight game.  She has led the Mavericks in rebounds in 12 of the 17 games so far.

The Mavericks led 27-13 with 5:38 to go in the 1st half before going cold and watching Naomi Bancroft score 14 straight points to tie the game at the half.   The Mavericks were great however in the 2nd half.  The Mavs shot 50% from the feild and from 3, and commited only 4 turnovers in rolling to 42 points and a 69-60 win.  The Mavericks bench played a large part in this one outscoring the Tigers 37-6.

Next it was the Men’s turn. UNO was expected to have a pretty good chance at a win here after a 3 point win on the road in December.  Well… it wasn’t to be as UNO was beaten handily, 80-61.  It was the only the 2nd time all year that the women’s team has outscored the men’s team (the other being Northwest Missouri State).  The men were ice cold all night, shooting 40% (35% from 3) in the first half and, even worse, 30% (30% from 3) in the 2nd half.  The Mavericks were HAMMERED on the boards being out rebounded by 15.  The Mavericks only turned the ball over 9 times.  This loss can be chalked up to poor shooting and getting beat on the boards.  The Maverick’s seemed to struggle with Fort Hays’ speed, which cut off a lot of penetration and forced the Mavericks into shooting some forced shots from 3.   The Tigers also did a good job of slowing the game up in the 2nd half once they had established a large lead.  The last 3 minutes were painful as the Mavericks fouled the Tigers hoping to get caught back up.  The Tigers controlled the ball for 1:38 straight after a Mitch Albers jumper made it 65-52 with 4:13 to go.  The Mavericks had the lead down to 12 with 2:08 to go.  Jonathan Blake missed the front end of a 1 and 1 but the Tigers got the rebound and were fouled.  It was just the way the night was going. 

One interesting thing I noticed was that Michael Jenkins took a lot of shots Wednesday night.  I’m not sure if Michael felt he had to try and shoot more to make up for the Mavericks lack of scoring or whether he was forced to shoot more because he wasn’t able to get to the line like he wanted to, but his 15 shots were the most he’s taken all year.  Jenkins is at his best when he’s not taking outside jumpers unless he’s open and forcing the defense to foul him on the way to the hole.  He scored 16 points, but on 15 shots.  In comparison his last full game he scored 19 points, on 8 shots.  He also had 4 turnovers.  Just a rough night for Michael.  It was his 2nd worst game of the year (@ Washburn being the 1st) statisically. Jenkins was able to get to the free throw line 21 times against Fort Hays the first go around in route to a 27 point night.  Not this time, as Jenkins only shot 8 FTs, and 4 of those were in the final 2 minutes.

Most of the Mavericks have off night, but two Mavericks actually had pretty good games on Wed.  Matt Akins had 4 boards, 2 blocks, a steal and 2 pts in 13 minutes.  A pretty productive night. His best game since Emporia State statisically.  He also played very well against Fort Hays State the first go around, in fact better, with 11 pts and 8 boards in 18 minutes.  Mitch Albers had 5 boards to lead the Mavericks, along with 4 assists and a steal and 12 points… on only 8 shots.  Mitch has been the opposite of Michael Jenkins in that this was his first game with less than 10 shots since playing St. Mary’s in December.  It was only the 3rd time this year that Mitch has taken less than 10 shots (Michael has taken 10 or more only 5 times).  Statisically it was Mitch’s best game since a road win against Missouri Western in early January, and was a big improvement on his first game against Fort Hays (19 pts, but on 13 shots and with only 1 board).

I was very pleased with the quote I saw from Jenkins after the game in the Omaha World Herald, http://omaha.com/index.php?u_page=3925&u_sid=10550373, “You should always be able to take care of your home court,” UNO guard Michael Jenkins said. “It’s a setback. But we’ve got eight games left in the conference. It’s not too late, but we’ve got to turn it up. We’ve got a lot of soul-searching to do.”  

“You’re fighting so hard to come back, then a team goes on a run like that and it just drains you,” Jenkins said. “You’ve been fighting so hard to come back. They kept their composure and made shots.” 

“Give them a lot of credit,” Jenkins said. “They knew what we like to do — penetrate and kick it out. Tonight we weren’t making them because they were getting out and contesting us. They came out and played hard from the (opening) tip.” 

Jenkins is right.  It’s not time to panic.  UNO needs to pick up some crucial wins to make the NCAA Tournament, but they still have home games with Central Missouri and Emporia State.  Those games have become much more magnified now on the Mavericks schedule.

I’ll try and update later with some thoughts on what UNO needs to do this weekend @ Ferris State.  Get 2 points.  I also want to share some of the Win Score things I’ve found the last day regarding UNO.  I’ve taken every game and calculated out the win scores for the players.  Some interesting things regarding what the best performances of the year are and which players show the most difference between wins and losses.

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