Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 5, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game 14 Recap – Fort Wayne

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 7:50 pm

Omaha was up 10, 35-25 just a couple of minutes into the second half and it looked like for the second straight game the Mavericks would turn a close first half into a blowout win. That didn’t happen though as Fort Wayne gave the Mavericks all they could handle for most of the 2nd half and led 50-49 before an 11-0 run over the final 4:14 gave the Mavericks a ten-point 60-50 win that was closer than the score indicates.

Fort Wayne did not catch any breaks as two players, Mur Hagerman and Stefanie Mauk, both went down with ankle injuries less than a minute apart. Fort Wayne was up 44-40 when the second one happened but I think the lack of depth hurt them down the stretch. It also didn’t help that Amanda Hyde was playing with four fouls and fouled out with a minute to go.

Fort Wayne had a slew of chances in the final couple minutes. Down six with 2:30 left they missed a shot but got an offensive rebound that led to Amanda Hyde going to the FT line. Hyde is one of the best FT shooters in the conference but couldn’t hit the front end. Fort Wayne got the rebound but turned it over without getting off a shot. Omaha turned it right back over when Paige Frauendorfer was called for carrying the ball after she had trouble catching a pass while heading up court. Fort Wayne missed another jumper and after the Omaha rebound Jamie Nash was called for carrying the ball after she had trouble with her dribble while trying to shield herself from a defender. Fort Wayne missed a layup then and Omaha finally was able to run some clock. In all during that 90 second stretch Fort Wayne missed three shots and a FT while Omaha allowed them to grab two offense rebounds and turned it over twice.

Even after that Omaha missed a chance to run a lot of clock as Ericka House shot the ball only 15 seconds into the shot clock. Thankfully Casse Vaughn rebounded her miss and was fouled, hitting both to get the Mavericks up eight.

I hate to bury the lede here, but Jamie Nash did set the school record for career assists as she added seven today to get to 475 for her career. It’s an amazing accomplishment for Nash and has been a long time coming. She’ll blow past 500 sometime in the rest of the season and we’ll see just how long that number can stand at the school.

Paige Frauendorfer had one of her best games as a Maverick going 9-14 from the field (1-2 from three), and 4-7 from the FT line. She added 10 rebounds, her 17th career double-double. Carolyn Blair-Mobley struggled some and went 4-11 scoring nine points, while Casse Vaughn played 14 minutes and still finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

Fort Wayne got 20 from Amanda Hyde and 14 from Erin Murphy. Hyde started out red-hot hitting her first four 3’s before ending up 7-13 from the field. Stefanie Mauk added seven points and seven rebounds before leaving with her injury. Haley Seibert had a nice game from the point with six assists and four rebounds, but she went 0-3 from 3, surprising from one of the best 3 point shooters in the conference.

It was a good win for Omaha, nice to see them fight through a tough second half and find a way to win in the end. The lead changed hands ten times in the second half.  Omaha has not had to deal with much adversity this year and in only one win have they ever trailed by more than seven. The furthest Fort Wayne pulled away was four, but criticizing a team for not falling behind far enough to have to make a big comeback is silly. In the end this was one of the tougher games with five minutes left that the Mavericks have seen this year, and that can only help the team develop into the second half of the season.

Perhaps it was the inevitability of Jamie Nash getting the career assist record that made it slightly less the big story or maybe it’s the fact that Omaha is looking like a team that might fight for a top three finish in their first Summit League season. Regardless of where it is in the story, Nash has been a huge part of the transformation of the Mavericks over the last two years and I’m not sure there’s a better way to have her senior season remembered than the way they are playing right now.

It was Over When: There’s no doubt that when Fort Wayne had chance after chance after chance with the lead at six that the game wasn’t quite over. Even with the lead at eight Fort Wayne had a chance to cut it to three and then got another chance at the FT line to cut the lead with 46 seconds left. Once that FT missed and Carly Cator was fouled on the rebound the chances were gone and Omaha had the win secured.

Player of the Game: Paige Frauendorfer deserves this award easily for her performance today. Paige busted out of her shooting slump in a big way, 6-7 in the 1st half and 9-14 overall. She hit a three, grabbed ten rebounds, had an assist and two steals. Great game from Paige who finally put the team on her back offensively and carried them to the finish line. She had five points in a row to extend the lead from 51-50 to 56-50, crucial in giving the Mavericks some breathing room.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (5)
Jamie Nash (4)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (3)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings: 
Paige Frauendorfer – 25
Casse Vaughn – 12
Jamie Nash – 11
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 7
Carly Cator – 5
Ericka House – 4
Stacia Gebers – 3
Taijhe Kelly – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.9
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 13.7
Jamie Nash – 12.1
Casse Vaughn – 7.9
Ericka House – 7.3
Taijhe Kelly – 4.8
Carly Cator – 3.2
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Stacia Gebers – 2.2
Kate Bayes – 0.2
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.2
Allison Jackson – 0

Team Ratings: The pace was pretty slow today, but that’s not bad for Omaha. They were very efficient on offense and defensively they weren’t at their best, but then again most teams would love a 0.85 defensive ppp. Omaha didn’t shoot as well today but they were helped by good ball control (only 11 turnovers). Omaha hit the offensive boards hard but left a little lacking defensively. They opened up a lead on the boards late, but it wasn’t as high as we would have expected given the two teams’ averages.

Possessions: 60
Offensive Points per Possession : 1.00
Defensive Points per Possession : 0.85
eFG%: 47.2%
Turnover Rate: 18.3%
Offensive Rebounding: 39.3%
Defensive Rebounding: 69.7%
A/B%: 60.9%
Floor%: 53.1%
FT Prod: 18.9

Response to 3 things to watch:

1) Defense – Hyde got 20 and I think that’s okay. It’s below her scoring average and she did take 13 shots. Importantly the Mavericks held Murphy to 14 points on 12 shots and Siebert couldn’t get going, scoring just two points on a couple of FTs. Not letting the main scorer explode and limiting her counterparts to mediocre days worked well for Omaha.

2.) Jamie Nash record watch – Today was the day for Jamie Nash. She set the school record for assists with 475, seven of those coming today. It was just barely enough to pass Jennifer Mitchell’s 474, and the first six all came before there were two minutes gone in the 2nd half. She tied the record with a little toss to Carolyn Blair-Mobley who was open behind her for a three and she broke the record on a pass that set Stacia Gebers up for a layup with 14:17 left.

Nash will probably break the steals record while on the upcoming four game road trip. She and Paige will also likely become the 24th and 25th members of the 1,000 point club at Omaha while on the trip.

3.) Getting other players going – Omaha got eight from Vaughn, five from House, four from Gebers, four from Cator, and two from Kelly. House hit an early three but ended up 1-7 from the field. Kelly went 1-3 in only eight minutes as she’s starting to fall out of favor inside. Will be interesting to see if she continues to start every game. No one has really claimed that interior spot as their own. Even Carolyn Blair-Mobley spent some time in their in the second half today. Those 23 points were obviously very important in the game and represented 38% of the Mavericks total. They don’t need to be that high of a % every game, but it was good to see them step up with Nash and Blair-Mobley held to limited points.

Prediction Response: I had Omaha winning by 16 which was obviously a bit of a stretch. Fort Wayne played well and showed themselves pretty good. I’m a tad worried about Omaha’s trip out there now. Massey’s prediction had the margin right, just six too many points per team. Massey has Omaha going 11-5 in conference with two of the remaining losses next week on the road in nail-biters @ IUPUI and @ Western Illinois. The other two are of course SDSU home and away. If Omaha could get through next weekend with a couple wins or even a split it’s time to start feeling really excited about what this Maverick team is capable of. Big tests next weekend.

Upcoming Opponent: Next up for Omaha is IUPUI at 6 on Thursday from Indianapolis. 1180 AM The Zone 2 will have coverage of that one, Robert Ford on the call. I’ll have a preview next week and some notes from after this game probably tomorrow or Monday once I do some analysis.

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  1. […] recap of that game is available here. I was impressed by the Mastodons in that one and if they catch Omaha on a bad shooting night they […]

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