Maverick Maniac's Musings

November 12, 2011

2011 UNO Women’s Basketball – Game 1 Review – Western State

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 6:28 pm

UNO got the 2011 season off to a great start as they looked (sounded) much better than Western State en route to a dominant 72-59 win. UNO’s junior tandem Paige Frauendorfer and Jamie Nash (who have been more-or-less starters since they walked on to campus two years ago) led the way for UNO, both putting up double-doubles.

Paige got buckets as she went off for 24, including 20 in the first half, on just 11 just shots AND added 12 rebounds. Jamie put up 14 points and 10 assists, and had an outstanding 6 steals to start the season. Heather Pohl was a solid contributor as well with 11 points and 8 assists.

Now for some negatives… Nash, Pohl, and Frauendorfer each had 5 turnovers, part of 27 for the Mavericks!!! That’s not going to get the job done, and a team like Metro State will make them pay dearly if they turn it over anywhere near that many times tonight.  The win looks impressive because UNO was lights out 50% from the field, rebounded 41% of their misses (14 of 34), and because Western State stunk from the field (33%) and especially the arc (20%) where they decided to camp and shoot (33 threes!!!) on around half of their possessions. UNO will face a much better offensive challenge tonight in Metro State.

So to review my three things to watch..

1) Jamie Nash, under control, how does she look? – Well it’s hard to call her under control from radio and seeing 5 turnovers on the board (along with 16 shots while shooting only 37%), HOWEVER the announcers seemed to think she ran the offense well and if I can get a double-double out of her every night… that’d be a good start.

2) Heather Pohl’s offensive game – is she improved inside/shot selection.  She could average 20ppg this year if she can find her shots and take the right ones.  Especially if she’s improved her interior game. – Well Heather did score 11, including going 3-6 from 3. Definite positive there, if she can shoot 40-50% all year that’d be a huge boost for UNO. Had a good showing of 8 rebounds, but the 5 turnovers worry me because she struggled with turning it over when she went inside last year if I recall.

3) Front court depth/newcomers for UNO – who will step up and establish themselves as the go-to player down low? – Well I guess after one game you say pole position goes to Zenta Liepa. Liepa only had 5 points and 5 rebounds in 11 minutes, but she did turn it over 4 times as well. She seems to have the offensive skills to contribute, but if she makes sloppy plays she won’t see the court as much. Taijhe Kelly saw 6 minutes where she contributed 5 fouls. So I guess by default I go with Zenta. Definite need for better play here.

Can’t ask for a better start than a win though!  Next game is Saturday at 6 against Metro State!

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