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February 9, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #24 Preview – IUPUI

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 11:03 am

Omaha Women's Basketball Preview - IUPUI - 2-9-13

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Taijhe Kelly’s development will continue on Saturday when she and the Mavericks take on IUPUI at home. The Mavericks had a lead late in the game at IUPUI before their offense went cold and they couldn’t get the stops they needed. The resulting loss is one of several Omaha had a chance to grab on the road that could have changed this season.

IUPUI
Still the Mavericks are 6-5 in the league and just a game behind IUPUI for 2nd place. A win today would give them a fighters chance to get back to 2nd place while a loss probably means they would be out of the running and possibly too far back to catch South Dakota in 3rd.

One of the keys to this one will be Taijhe Kelly. The sophomore has 12 or more rebounds in three straight games and double-doubles in two straight. She had a school record tying seven blocks as well against Western Illinois and has 12 in the last two game combined.

When she elevates her play like this Omaha is a different team. Their low post is a lot more threatening on both ends and Kelly causes problems for opposing players. Today could be a great opportunity for her as no player over 5-10 averages more than 15 minutes for IUPUI.

The Jaguars have been a strong team but a couple of bad losses, a three point loss at North Dakota State and a 20 point home loss to South Dakota, have outweighed the big upset at South Dakota State so far. They still have road trips to South Dakota and Kansas City ahead so this is not their last tough road game, and they’ll be looking to get a big win at this point.

IUPUI has a real balanced attack with only one player averaging more than 26 minutes, DeAirra Goss who plays 29 per game. Goss averages double figures with 12.8 points per game but she isn’t the leading scorer. That honor belongs to Kerah Nelson who is scoring 13.3 points per game.

The Jaguars play some tough pressure defense and are the best rebounding team in the league. It’s going to be a battle out there for the Mavericks today. This game could challenge UNO since there isn’t a single player to key on, it’s going to be a team effort they face.

Offensively Omaha needs their main players to come through as usual. Paige Frauendorfer and Carolyn Blair-Mobley bear a lot of responsibility for UNO’s scoring and in big games Omaha has a hard time if they don’t play well. The wildcard off the bench is Ericka House who has reached double figures 11 times, all UNO wins.

Sorry for the brief preview today… didn’t get started early enough and need to prep for my women’s basketball broadcast.

Expected Starters
IUPUI
Guard – Dee-Dee Bellamy – 5-3 – Junior – Averaging 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Guard – Katie Comello – 5-15 – Junior – Averaging 9.4 points, 2.0 assists, and 1.9 steals.
Guard – DeAirra Goss – 5-10 – Junior – Averaging 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals.
Forward – Kerah Nelson – 5-10 – Junior – Averaging 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Center – Clara Mitchell – 6-1 – Senior – Averaging 3.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Omaha
Point Guard – Jamie Nash – 5-4 – Senior – Averaging 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 3.3 steals.
Guard – Carly Cator – 5-9 – Senior – Averaging 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds.
Guard – Paige Frauendorfer – 6-0 – Senior – Averaging 14.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals.
Guard – Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 5-10 – Senior – Averaging 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
Center – Taijhe Kelly – 6-4 – Sophomore – Averaging 5.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

Three Things to Watch
1) Taijhe Kelly – On a total roll and in a situation where she’s facing a mostly undersized IUPUI team. Look for another big game out of her and notice that she’s starting to make a bigger impact on defense.

2.) Ericka House – Omaha is 11-0 when she hits double figures. If there’s anyone right now who can spark this team off the bench, it’s her. Needs to pick her times to shoot well today because IUPUI is not going to give her a ton of space.

3.) Jamie Nash – IUPUI is going to apply a lot of pressure and try to force turnovers. Nash had seven at IUPUI and if she can limit the turnovers today it could be the difference maker.

Prediction
Omaha was the better team for most of the game the first time around. I think the same is true this time but with a different end result. Omaha wins 67-60.

Massey – Omaha wins 59-57
RealTimeRPI – Omaha wins 68-59

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