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February 7, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #22 Recap – Oakland

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 2:40 pm

Omaha really needed a road win and on Saturday they found one at Oakland. The Mavericks had lost their last four Summit League road games and were in danger of losing this one too after trailing most of the way. Omaha led 4-0 but after an 8-0 run for Oakland put them up four the Mavericks trailed until they tied things back up at 57-57 with 5:39 left. Oakland scored the next four points and with 3:49 left the Mavericks needed to rally. Oakland had grabbed eight offensive rebounds to this point in the 2nd half.

Omaha’s defensive rebounding stepped up and Oakland went one and done on their next five possessions. On the other end Omaha got a FT by Paige Frauendorfer to get within three, a layup by Taijhe Kelly to get within a point, a jumper from Jamie Nash to take the lead, and two more FTs to put the Mavericks up 64-61 with 20 seconds left. After a steal by Nash she hit one more FT and grabbed her own miss, one on four style, and Carly Cator hit 2 more FTs to give Omaha a 10-0 run and a six point lead with six seconds left. Elizabeth Hamlet hit a layup at the buzzer but it was meaningless and just made the final score 67-63.

While Omaha played better offensively in this game once again down the stretch it came down to fundamentals – in this case defense and rebounding. The Mavericks weren’t great in those categories on Saturday but when they needed to they came up big.

Taijhe Kelly had her 2nd straight double-double as she grabbed 10 point and 12 rebounds. Oakland wasn’t quite as small as Fort Wayne so it was very encouraging to see her do that against a slightly bigger team. She was efficient from the field at 3-6 and hit a season high four FTs (out of six). She now has 27 rebounds in the last two games after grabbing a total of 70 in the first 20. Her minutes have also risen as she played 33 minutes, a season high and her third straight game with at least 28 after doing that only two times in the first 19 games.

Paige Frauendorfer seemed to respond to a disappointing game on Thursday as she scored 17 points to lead all scorers and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jamie Nash had a mixed bag game with 13 points on 4-8 shooting, five assists and four steals but still had seven turnovers. With the emergence of Taijhe Kelly as a bigger factor inside Omaha has gone away from Stacia Gebers (5 minutes), Allison Jackson (2 minutes), and Casse Vaughn (less than a minute). It will be interesting to see if Omaha can sustain playing such a tight rotation over the final weeks. They do have a full week off after their games this week.

Thursday Omaha will take on a Western Illinois team that gave Omaha fits in their first matchup. Omaha dropped that one 71-44 in their worst performance of the season and I’d expect Omaha to not forget it and be playing with some fire tonight. The one thing that worries me is Omaha’s defense at times has struggled with teams pouring it in from deep and Western Illinois is one of the better three point shooting teams in the country. If Omaha doesn’t get out at them on Thursday it could be a long night.

The Mavericks with the win at Oakland have gotten back in the race for 2nd/3rd place. South Dakota is a game up on Omaha but coming to town in the final week and plays Kansas City on Saturday. IUPUI is 1.5 games up on Omaha but plays at Omaha on Saturday and still has a road trip to South Dakota and Kansas City to make. Everything, including a WNIT berth, is still there to play for with six games left!

It was Over When: Jamie Nash rebounded her own missed FT with 10 seconds left and the Mavericks up four, leading to two Carly Cator FTs. After that Oakland didn’t really have enough time to must a comeback.

Player of the Game: Taijhe Kelly goes back-to-back. 3-6 from the field and 4-6 on FTs for 10 points. Another double-double as she had 12 rebounds. Also one assist and five blocks while only turning it over three times.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (7)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (6)
Jamie Nash (4)
Taijhe Kelly (3)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings:
Taijhe Kelly – 17
Paige Frauendorfer – 16
Jamie Nash – 11
Ericka House – 10
Carly Cator – 9
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 5
Casse Vaughn – 0
Allison Jackson – 0
Stacia Gebers – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.1
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 13.0
Jamie Nash – 10.5
Taijhe Kelly – 6.8
Casse Vaughn – 5.9
Ericka House – 5.8
Carly Cator – 3.5
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Stacia Gebers – 2.3
Kate Bayes – 1.6
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.9
Allison Jackson – 0.7

Team Ratings: Omaha had one of their better offensive games in a while which was good because they weren’t particularly strong defensively in this one. Omaha didn’t shoot all that great and were somewhat sloppy with the ball, but they were outstanding on the glass and got to the FT line a good amount.

Possessions: 66
Offensive Points per Possession : 1.01
Defensive Points per Possession : 0.94
eFG%: 45.8%
Turnover Rate: 19.7%
Offensive Rebounding: 44.1%
Defensive Rebounding: 71.9%
A/B%: 44.0%
Floor%: 54.8%
FT Prod: 20.0

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Depth – Ericka House chipped in with 12 points and Carly Cator had a huge eight. Safe to say Omaha wouldn’t have won this game without those two stepping up. Still would like to see more off the bench but with how well Taijhe Kelly has been playing (a full 33 minutes in this one!) and the disappearance of Casse Vaughn that means… Stacia Gebers? Omaha’s bench is just very very small.

2.) The Frauendorfer/Blair-Mobley duo – Paige is probably the most important scorer for Omaha and she had 17. Carolyn Blair-Mobley had a bad game with just seven points but it was enough thanks to the 20 combined from House and Cator. Let off for the Mavericks.

3.) Play to their potential – Omaha didn’t really do this in my opinion in this one. It really shouldn’t have been this close, we saw this matchup at the Fieldhouse and it was clear to me that Omaha is the more talented team. Still this was a step in the right direction after Thursday night’s loss.

Prediction Response: Offensively I was about spot on but defensively this left something to be desired against an Oakland team that isn’t particularly good at scoring.

Upcoming Opponent: Western Illinois comes to Omaha on Thursday. They gave the Mavericks their biggest beating of the season so Omaha will be looking for revenge.


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