Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 4, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game 13 Recap – Oakland

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 10:00 am

Omaha didn’t pull away from Oakland right away, instead the teams traded leads back and forth in the a tight defensive first half. The second half was another story as the Mavericks caught fire offensively and played some fantastic defense to pull away to a 59-41 victory.

The first half was one to forget. Despite Omaha and Oakland trading the lead seven times there was not a lot of pace and rhythm to the game. Omaha had more turnovers (11) than FGs (9) while Oakland did slightly better (11 FGs to 8 TOs). Paige Frauendorfer continued her shooting slump going 3-11 in the 1st half. She did hit the boards hard grabbing six rebounds as a six rebound advantage did help Omaha stay within one, 25-24 at the break.

After the teams traded baskets to start the 2nd half Omaha took the lead, 28-27 and pulled away briefly before Oakland again cut it to one, 32-31. the Mavericks got a big steal to keep the lead and then found Carolyn Blair-Mobley for three to pull themselves out to a four point lead. The Mavericks really seemed to take control at this point and locked down defensively allowing Oakland only 10 points over the final 15:34 while scoring 27 of their own.

Oakland had nine second half turnovers, were out rebounded by 10, shot only 23.8% including 0-10 from three, and allowed Omaha to shoot 46.9%. All those things combined to spell disaster for the Golden Grizzlies and the Mavericks once again showed just how strong they can be when playing well.

Omaha ended up with a sizable advantage in the paint (28-14 with a halftime lead of two points in the paint) and also had 12 second chance points to none for Oakland. The Mavs advantage inside led to 15 offensive rebounds and force Oakland to take a lot of perimeter shots. Omaha turned to Stacia Gebers more tonight than they have recently as she got 19 minutes, more than Taijhe Kelly (13) or Casse Vaughn (9). Ericka House only played 19 minutes tonight as Carly Cator got 26 minutes, more than she’d played in the last two games combined.

It was Over When: Jamie Nash hit a big three with 10 minutes left to put Omaha up 44-33. The run was 12-2 at that point and I felt pretty confident at the time that Omaha was going to win. Sure the margin wasn’t all THAT high, but the way Omaha was playing you had a hard time believing they would give it up. I was impressed by how Omaha slowed the game down at times, knowing that they had a lead and running clock wasn’t a bad thing.

Player of the Game: Jamie Nash gets the nod tonight. Nash had a huge stat line of 15 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, and five steals. It was the first time in her career she’s put up a line that high in all of those categories at once. She had the big three to put the Mavericks up double digits for the first time and she was effective all evening in her best shooting game in weeks. Carolyn Blair-Mobley was great as well, but Nash was just behind her in points and rebounds while adding all those assists and steals.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (4)
Jamie Nash (4)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (3)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings: 
Jamie Nash – 26
Paige Frauendorfer – 17
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 17
Ericka House – 4
Stacia Gebers – 3
Taijhe Kelly – 2
Carly Cator – 0
Casse Vaughn – 0
Kate Bayes – 0
Myhiah Dotzler – 0
Allison Jackson – 0

Omaha got almost all of their offense from the three main senior guards – Nash, Frauendorfer, and Blair-Mobley. The Efficiency ratings show this pretty clearly.

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.2
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 14.2
Jamie Nash – 12.2
Casse Vaughn – 7.6
Ericka House – 7.5
Taijhe Kelly – 5.2
Carly Cator – 3.1
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Stacia Gebers – 2.2
Kate Bayes – 0.2
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.2
Allison Jackson – 0

Team Ratings: The pace wasn’t too fast and seemed to fit Omaha well tonight as they locked down defensively into one of their best performances of the year. Offensively they were adequate, shooting okay but turning it over a lot. Their best weapon tonight was their rebounding, grabbing nearly 1/2 of their misses and winning the battle on the boards by 16.

Of note for Oakland was their outstanding 81.2% assists/basket ratio. 13 assists on just 16 baskets.

Possessions: 65
Offensive Points per Possession : 0.90
Defensive Points per Possession : 0.63
eFG%: 44.0%
Turnover Rate: 26.0%
Offensive Rebounding: 45.2%
Defensive Rebounding: 77.1%
A/B%: 58.3%
Floor%: 50.7%
FT Prod: 13.8

Response to 3 things to watch:

1) Pounding the Paint – Omaha didn’t get to go against Oakland without Olivia Nash and in the first half Omaha didn’t really take advantage of opportunities in the paint, only being up 8-6 at the break. The second half was much better with Omaha dominating 20-8 to win the final margin 28-14.

2.) Nash and Nash – Olivia Nash was a factor for Oakland but was limited (I think) by both foul trouble and the effects of having missed six straight games. She only played 15 minutes but scored nine points, a testament to her ability to score. She showed impressive range knocking down a three pointer and I didn’t realize how far away from the basket she seems to be comfortable with the ball. She’ll be a player that will cause teams problems over the next few years in the Summit League. Omaha’s defense means different guards are taking whoever is out at the three-point line. Several times this lead to 6-1 Olivia Nash shooting over 5-4 Jamie Nash, a good matchup for Oakland.

Jamie Nash was fantastic though tonight. She finally got back over 50% from the field hitting 6 of 11 (54.5%) and doing everything you can think of as mentioned earlier. Nash is making a strong case to be first team All-Summit League as she leads the league in assists and steals.

3.) Frauendorfer slump? – Paige’s slump continued on Thursday with a 6-20 outing. She just can’t seem to hit her jumpers right now consistently. I was impressed with some plays in the second half where she made sure she got to the low post for layups instead of settling for jumpers that aren’t going in right now. Those kind of plays can also help her keep her confidence and hopefully help her get back into her shooting rhythm.

Prediction Response: Picked Omaha by 12, 67-55 which was obviously a little more offensive than this game ended up being. If I had known Olivia Nash was going to play I think I would have been even less likely to pick Omaha to win big. Impressive win in my book.

Upcoming Opponent: Next up for Omaha is Fort Wayne 5-9 (1-1) on Saturday.  Omaha is moving up in some of the national rankings thanks to some of these impressive wins.

It’ll be interesting to see how they do in the rest of the Summit League as they are looking more and more like a contender.  Massey’s simulations for example have Omaha losing by 1 @ IUPUI and by 2 @ Western Illinois next week. Outside of that he has Omaha favored in every game except for the two with South Dakota State. Needless to say I think all Omaha fans would be thrilled with a 21-7 (11-5) type season. Heck I think coming into the year almost all of us would have taken finishing above .500 this year since Omaha wouldn’t have the D2 and NAIA games to boost their record. While the season is far from over and success from here on out is not guaranteed because of the success so far, things are looking good for Omaha. 15 wins would guarantee a >.500 season and Omaha just needs five more to reach it.

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