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November 16, 2011

2011-12 UNO Women’s Basketball – Game 3 Recap – Upper Iowa

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 9:00 am

UNO got head coach Chance Lindley his first home win and moved to 2-1 on the year with a fairly comfortable 70-57 victory over Upper Iowa on Tuesday night. UNO found themselves tied at 20 with 11:10 to go in the first half before using an 18-5 run over the next 10 minutes to grab a commanding 13 point lead.  A three by Upper Iowa, their 5th of the first half, cut the lead to 38-28 at the half.

Upper Iowa quickly cut the lead to seven with another three to start the 2nd half, but a Jamie Nash jumper put it right back to nine. The Mavericks controlled the game the rest of the way with the lead fluctuating between nine and 14. That’s a pretty remarkable stat actually, the margin only had a fluctuation of five for the last 19:14 of the game. The final margin settled at 13 with the Mavericks claiming victory 70-57.

UNO actually managed to get four players into double figures, Paige Frauendorfer (15), Jamie Nash (13), Heather Pohl (13), and Cathleen Cox (10). Rese Huddlin got the start as the Mavericks abandoned having a center in the lineup and embraced a three guard lineup. She ended up scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds. Paige Frauendorfer added nine boards as the Mavericks dominated the boards, out rebounding Upper Iowa 44-28. Jamie Nash had seven assists and nine steals, though she also had nine turnovers.

After the game Coach Lindley talked about seeing a better distribution instead of Nash and Frauendorfer dominate the scoring, “Sharing the basketball, getting a more well rounded team. It’s important, someone is going to have an off night and if we know we can… you know we do have five, six, seven girls that can score so we need to utilize all those strengths and not just a couple of them.”

I will say, I was impressed with Upper Iowa. They are a team who has really struggled over the last few years, winning just one game last year. They have four freshman starters and while they weren’t able to get the job done last night, I think the steady improvement they are going to have will raise the program’s standards up to a level they haven’t seen in a decade. A winning season by the end of their career is definitely not out of the question.

It was Over When: While things were never in question, I settled on a play Rese Huddlin made with 2:45 to go. UNO was up 11 and Upper Iowa was trying to hit a three to cut it to eight. Stacia Gebers had just missed a three, but Huddlin got the rebound and layed it back in to give UNO a 13 point lead at that point. Considering Upper Iowa had scored 55 points in the first 37 minutes, it seemed pretty unlikely they could score 13 in the final three.

Player of the Game: Jamie Nash did some great things last night, but I can’t give this to someone who had 9 turnovers and shot 1-4 from the FT line… So Paige Frauendorfer wins her 2nd player of the game award. She was 6-13 from the field, 3-3 from the FT line and grabbed nine rebounds and 4 assists to go along with those 15 points. She also played tremendous defense playing 37 minutes without committing a foul.

Paige was praised by Coach Lindley in the post game, “Paige is doing everything right to be honest with you, from the preseason til now she’s buying into what we’re saying, everything we’ve asked her to do defensively and offensively she’s really buying into that and it’s shown out here on the court.”

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (2)
Jamie Nash (1)

Stat Leaders: Paige Frauendorfer led UNO with 15 points, followed by Nash (13), Pohl (13) and Huddlin (10). Jamie Nash led UNO with seven assists while Paige Frauendorfer had four assists. Paige Frauendorfer led the Mavericks for the third straight game, this time with nine rebounds. Rese Huddlin added eight rebounds. Jamie Nash led UNO with nine steals, Cathleen Cox added two off the bench.

Leading the Team Season Total
Points:
Paige Frauendorfer (2)
Jamie Nash (1)

Rebounds:
Paige Frauendorfer (3)

Assists:
Jamie Nash (3)

Steals:
Jamie Nash (2)
Paige Frauendorfer (1)

Player Ratings (Win Score): 
Paige Frauendorfer – 2.217
Jamie Nash – 2.056
Rese Huddlin – 1.919
Taijhe Kelly – 1.852
Amanda Woodring – 1.645
Cathleen Cox – 0.902
Zenta Liepa – 0.667
Heather Pohl – 0.529
Stacia Gebers – 0.000
Jessica Zaruba – 0.000

Nice to see a few more players over one last night. Taijhe Kelly only got six minutes but she got three rebounds and two blocks in that time. Huddlin seems to be establishing herself as a starter.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer – 3.069
Jamie Nash – 2.053
Rese Huddlin – 1.584
Heather Pohl – 0.691
Jessica Zaruba – 0.601
Stacia Gebers – 0.364
Cathleen Cox – 0.316
Amanda Woodring – 0.252
Taijhe Kelly – 0.101
Zenta Liepa – (-0.089)

The five starters are in five of the top six positions. Only other player up there is Jessica Zaruba who has gotten very few minutes but gotten decent stats in them.

Team Ratings: UNO posted a 102.3 on offense and 83.3 on defense, their best offensive number and their 2nd best defensive number of the season. There were 68.43 possessions, right in the middle of the two.  UNO had an eFG% of 51.5% and a True Shooting % of 51.3%. Both are season lows. UNO did an outstanding job on the glass as UNO grabbed season highs of 47.1% of the offensive rebounds available and 73.7% of the defensive rebounds available.

3 stats that tell the tale of the game: 

1) UNO’s Rebounding dominance – The Mavericks were victimized by how poorly they were on the defensive glass in the last game, this time out they got a lot of help from how strong they were on the offensive glass. The Mavericks got 10 extra shots despite turning the ball over one more time than Upper Iowa because they grabbed 16 of the available 34 rebounds on the offensive glass.

After the game Coach Lindley talked about the rebounding performance by UNO, “Yea I think rebounding… that’s what cost us at Metro State a few days ago.. we definitely watched a lot of film, addressed a few things, and I think our kids showed a lot of resilience as far as bouncing back. I know that first half they had zero offensive rebounds so yea I think we made some huge strides as far as rebounds go. ”

2) Turnovers – What’s one of the big things holding the Mavericks back this year? Turnover problems… the Mavericks committed 19 on Tuesday, including 13 via steals, and that went a long way towards helping keep Upper Iowa in the game. The Mavericks shot really well, but it’s hard to build a huge lead when you are losing possessions without a shot.

3) Upper Iowa shooting % – UNO did a great job defensively again as they forced Upper Iowa into 36% shooting (33% from three). They were even better in the 2nd half when Upper Iowa shot only 28% (23% from three). If UNO can play good defense against some of the better teams they’ll face in the upcoming meat of their schedule it may allow them to stay in games they otherwise shouldn’t.

Response to 3 things to watch:

1) Depth… PLEASE! – I think UNO is starting to find some depth. The move to Rese Huddlin as a starter is a good one. You don’t need to start three front court players in most games and UNO should be able to get away with a three guard lineup. It also helps that Huddlin is a fantastic rebounder, so she makes up for some of the losses from the size disadvantage.

Cathleen Cox looked great again and seems to be the first option off the bench, especially for offense. Amanda Woodring played well also and will get significant minutes. Why Jessica Zaruba has gotten no playing time is a mystery to me. I’m not sure how she fell behind Woodring and Cox, to the point especially that she is getting 3 minutes in a game like this. I hope she can find a way to get on the court more because I think she brings something to this team and I like watching her play a lot.

I will also say I think Heather Pohl is coming on and will get better as she finds her role in this offense and Coach Lindley learns how to use her. She is not a great player inside but does a good job out on the wing. UNO needs to make sure they play to her strengths because we’ve seen in past years that she has the potential to be a big player. She had six points in a row for UNO in a nice stretch in the second half.

2) Inside Presence – Stacia Gebers and Heather Pohl are going to be asked to take a lot of responsibility inside. It’s going to be a challenge for them, especially defensively. Offensively UNO can play a style that let’s them sneak outside some, but defensively bigger players are going to take them to the block and make them body them up. I think Taijhe Kelly has the potential to make a nice defensive player inside. She played at a powerful high school so she doesn’t have experience of being a go-to player on offense and might be well suited to a defensive role. Zenta Liepa had her best game of the year with six rebounds.

3) Attitude – It’s hard to tell how good Upper Iowa is since they haven’t played any other regular season games yet. It’s clear they are better than last year, but just how good are they? I still think this is a team UNO should have handled better, but it was not an attitude issue. UNO just didn’t play well enough (turnovers in large part) to blow this team away.

Prediction Response: Well obviously I expected a much bigger win for UNO and didn’t think Upper Iowa would play this well. Defensively UNO was about right where I expected but offensively i thought they’d get going a bit better. Credit Upper Iowa for that, they played admirably last night.

Upcoming Opponent: It’s going to be a challenge for the Mavericks… they have a week off before playing @ #17 Kentucky on the 23rd. Kentucky beat Jacksonville State 100-25 last night. It’s not out of the question that UNO will get beat that bad, though I’m confident UNO can and should hang a little better than that. Will be interesting to see for sure. If you want to have success at the D1 level, these are the kind of games you at least are competitive in.

Linkage:
Omavs.com post game report
Omaha.com post game report
Video highlights via Omavs.com

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