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January 25, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #19 Recap – North Dakota State

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 3:19 pm

This was a mostly good performance for Omaha and any win as they get back into Summit League play was going to be welcomed. This game was tight early on as the teams traded buckets before Omaha pulled away on a 5-0 run in the final two minutes to lead 32-23 at the half. North Dakota State would never really threaten in the second half, but nor did they go away. It got as close as five but never any wider than 13. Britney Gaines hit a three for Bison in the closing seconds to give us the final 61-52 margin.

Omaha shot the ball outstanding Thursday night which was a very positive development after some rough shooting over the last few weeks. Omaha made shots at a 48% rate and went 4-9 from deep. The Mavericks also played top notch defense limiting North Dakota State to 31% shooting and 5-19 from three.

Omaha did have some struggles, they turned it over 23 times which really kept this one from getting ugly. Additionally in the first half they let North Dakota State grab a lot of offensive rebounds. There was a point late in the 1st half that Omaha was shooting about 30% better from the field and it was still a four point game. Very unusual.

Paige Frauendorfer was tremendous on Thursday. She found open looks repeatedly and didn’t force her shot at all. She also did a great job moving off the ball and was found several times on cuts to the basket. Jamie Nash had a fascinating game. At times she was brilliant, as evidenced by 11 assists. At times she was maddeningly frustrating throwing passes behind her teammates, she had 10 turnovers. She played hard throughout and contributed nine rebounds and hit some FTs late to get to 11 points.

Officially it’s a double-double (points and assists)… of course if you’re willing to bend the rules a little bit and not worry about the details it’s a triple double…. but that would require turnovers to be one of the categories Winking smile. She nearly had the actual triple double needing just one more rebound.

Carolyn Blair-Mobley was quiet on the offensive end but did add nine rebounds. Ericka House stepped up in her spot and had 13 points. Taijhe Kelly had a strong game inside with six rebounds and four blocks but continues to disappoint on the offensive end. She had several good looks that didn’t go in and fumbled away a couple of other balls to end up 0-4 from the field and three turnovers.

North Dakota State played only seven players and were led by 15 from Katie Birkel. They played hard but just couldn’t get easy looks at the basket. Only one player, Liz Keena, shot at least 50% from the field and she was 3-6.

It was Over When: It was a nine point lead with 1:08 left with Jamie Nash headed to the line. Omaha did have some 1-and-1’s to shoot through but once they had hit all those and it was 59-49 with 42 seconds left it was as over as it gets.

Player of the Game: Paige Frauendorfer has racked up another of these. Very efficient 25 points (4-4 from the FT line and 10-16 from the field) along with eight rebounds and two steals. Also importantly on a night where Omaha turned it over 23 times she played the full 40 minutes without being credited with a turnover.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (7)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (5)
Jamie Nash (4)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings:
Paige Frauendorfer – 27
Jamie Nash – 18
Stacia Gebers – 7
Ericka House – 6
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 4
Taijhe Kelly – 2
Carly Cator – 1
Casse Vaughn – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.7
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 12.8
Jamie Nash – 11.0
Casse Vaughn – 6.7
Ericka House – 6.1
Taijhe Kelly – 5.7
Carly Cator – 3.6
Stacia Gebers – 2.6
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Kate Bayes – 1.6
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.9
Allison Jackson – 0.8

Team Ratings: Great defensive efficiency, offensive is decent but not great. Why? High turnover rate and offensive rebounding number that wasn’t out of this world.

Possessions: 71
Offensive Points per Possession : 0.86
Defensive Points per Possession : 0.71
eFG%: 51.9%
Turnover Rate: 32.5%
Offensive Rebounding: 28.6%
Defensive Rebounding: 73.9%
A/B%: 44.0%
Floor%: 44.0%
FT Prod: 13.5

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) North Dakota State shot selection –
North Dakota State maybe took a few more threes than they probably would have liked with 19 of their 64 shots coming from three, but it wasn’t a horrible number. They had so many shots in the game that they were bound to take some from deep. They even hit a respectable amount of them (at least for their team) at 26%. So nothing really wrong there. They really struggled inside where they went just 15-45 inside the arc.

2.) Rebounding battle – This ended up pretty even actually. Omaha grabbed 28.6% of their available offensive rebounds while North Dakota State grabbed 26.1% of theirs. That number moved significantly during the game as North Dakota State had nine of their 12 in the first half. Of course they took eight more shots in the first half as well, so percentages aren’t as scary looking as the whole numbers. North Dakota State also held Omaha well below their usual offensive rebounding percentage and were pretty close to their usual defensive rebounding percentage. I’d give it a slight not to the Bison but it didn’t make a difference because of the disparity in FG shooting.

3.) Go To Scoring – Well the combined total of Frauendorfer and Blair-Mobley looked pretty good because of Paige’s 25. They combined for 29, slightly higher than their average total in wins.

Prediction Response: Thought Omaha would play a little better offensively and if they hadn’t turned it over that much they would have been close to 70.

Upcoming Opponent: Omaha hosts South Dakota State on Saturday. Might be the biggest game of the year as Omaha hosts what will be the best team by RPI to come to the Sapp Fieldhouse so far.


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