Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 18, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game 17 Recap – Chicago State

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 9:31 am

This was a much better and steadier performance from Omaha than we saw last weekend. Omaha got off to a somewhat slow start piling up only four points in the first four minutes while turning it over four times in that stretch. It was still a tight game, 20-15 Omaha with 6:51 left in the 1st half before Omaha really got going and led by as many as 19 in the closing minutes before settling in to a 41-23 halftime lead. The Mavericks were red hot in the 1st half (69.6% from the field), but had 11 turnovers. If the Mavericks could have been a little more secure in the 1st half they could have put up 50.

The second half saw Omaha go cold from the field, starting the half 2-2 and leading 45-23 with 18:19 to go in the game. The Mavericks wouldn’t score again until Jamie Nash hit a three with just 5:39 left in the game. During that stretch Omaha went 0-13 and committed 11 turnovers. Thankfully their defense carried them as Chicago State had a stretch of 8:18 where they couldn’t score either. From 13:34 to 5:39 was some of the most boring basketball you’ve ever seen. Nearly eight minutes of turnovers and missed shots with the score stuck at 45-33.

It was almost like in soccer when a team has a 2-0 lead and knows they just need to see clock hit zero to move on. Omaha had a 12 point lead and if their defense didn’t let in a bunch of baskets it didn’t really matter if they scored anymore…

Jamie Nash had a big night as her 3-pointer with 5:39 left gave her 1,001 for her career and determined to be alone in 1st place in career steals she grabbed that record with a steal with just 22 seconds left. I must admit I looked away from the screen (it was a 15 point game with 28 seconds left) but heard the announcers mention it looked like she “kicked” the ball. I can only hope that’s the case as long-time Nash fans will remember that Jamie used to stick her foot in the way of opponents dribbles a lot her first couple years. That move and Nash poking the ball away from behind are kind of her trademark moves to me and if she really got the steals record on a ball that deflected off her foot it’d just be too perfect.

Omaha went only 8-28 in the 2nd half to bring their game percentage to 47%. They were mostly cool from deep (27% – 4-15) but did go 10-11 from the FT line. Omaha got a double-double from Paige Frauendorfer who grabbed 11 rebounds and went 6-13 from the field to score 13 points. It was nice to see Paige get back on track. Omaha outrebounded Chicago State 38-22 and held the Cougars to 40% shooting and only 1-9 from three. It wasn’t the greatest defensive performance, but it got the job done.

Very interesting to see Allison Jackson play 15 minutes for Omaha. She’d only played in six games and a total of 12 minutes to this point. She scored her first points last Saturday and now added six points and five rebounds while playing more minutes than Casse Vaughn and Stacia Gebers combined. My inclination is to believe Jackson has been picking up the defense and Coach Lindley is getting more comfortable with her out there. Could be a nice contributor off the bench the rest of the way.

Omaha had 23 turnovers including eight by Nash and that was pretty concerning. They were able to get 21 turnovers out of Chicago State as this was not the best played game you’ve ever seen. Omaha did get 29 points off the 21 Chicago State turnovers while Chicago State ended up with only 17 points off the 23 Omaha turnovers.

Omaha actually lost the points in the paint category 28-20 which makes this the first time under Coach Lindley that Omaha won a game when they didn’t win that category. They were 0-10 when they lost it and 0-2 when it was tied coming into this game.

Chicago State got 16 from Paris Williams who went 8-15 from the field. Outside of Williams the Cougars next four most used players were 6-25. Williams also had nine of Chicago State’s 22 rebounds. Impressive outing by the sophomore forward.

It was Over When: Omaha had led by 22 and it was looking over but when they cold and the lead was all of a sudden 12 with 13:34 left… It wasn’t quite over. Instead this game as over when Omaha locked down defensively and held Chicago State scoreless, special nod to when Jamie Nash hit her three to make it a 15 point game with 6:37 left.

Player of the Game: This one comes down to Paige Frauendorfer and Carolyn Blair-Mobley. I’ll give the slight nod to Blair-Mobley. 3-8 from the field and 4-4 on FTs. Six rebounds, six assists and two steals while only committing three turnovers.

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

Efficiency Ratings:
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 16
Paige Frauendorfer – 15
Taijhe Kelly – 9
Jamie Nash – 7
Carly Cator – 6
Allison Jackson – 6
Ericka House – 4
Casse Vaughn – 1
Stacia Gebers – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 13.6
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 13.2
Jamie Nash – 10.6
Casse Vaughn – 7.1
Ericka House – 6.4
Taijhe Kelly – 5.5
Carly Cator – 3.3
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Stacia Gebers – 1.9
Allison Jackson – 0.9
Kate Bayes – 0.5
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.3

Team Ratings: The offensive efficiency number is pretty mediocre for Omaha this year but good enough. Defensively they were near the top of the list, though considering the opponent they really should have been.  Omaha shot fairly well (great in one half, bad in the other) but the turnovers hurt and were substantial. Rebounding wise dominant on both ends though they did give up more offensive rebounds then you’d like to see.

Possessions: 68
Offensive Points per Possession : 0.91
Defensive Points per Possession : 0.69
eFG%: 51.0%
Turnover Rate: 33.7%
Offensive Rebounding: 47.8%
Defensive Rebounding: 75.0%
A/B%: 58.3%
Floor%: 47.3%
FT Prod: 19.6

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Omaha has to start shooting well… right? –
Omaha definitely STARTED shooting well. 69.6% was a blistering pace as Omaha had more possessions end in turnovers than missed shots in the 1st half. The 29% shooting in the 2nd half was concerning though and Omaha can’t afford to do that in most games.

2.) Dominance inside – Well Omaha did hit 56% of their shots inside the arc and had a major rebounding advantage, but they did also allow Chicago State to shoot 46% inside the arc and they outscored Omaha in the paint. Kind of a wash here and interesting to see their success. Perhaps one of the reasons Allison Jackson got so many minutes.

3.) Bench minutes – Well we didn’t see minutes flow to Gebers and Vaughn who only got seven combined… instead it was Allison Jackson who impressed in 15 minutes. It’s also worth nothing the game wasn’t a real blowout so Jackson was playing much more on merit then just getting her minutes in a game that wasn’t close.

Prediction Response: Mavericks didn’t really breakout of their shooting woes like we hoped in the end. Paige did lead in scoring, but it was only 13.

Upcoming Opponent: Omaha next travels to Indiana Dabney on Saturday. The preview will be short because this is about all I can say about Indiana Dabney… from the website, “Indiana Dabney has no statistics or results available. Indiana Dabney is an independent school in its first year of competition. IDU is located in Hammond, Ind., just outside Chicago, and plays mostly NAIA opponents. The Lions have just six players on their roster.”

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