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February 22, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #25 Recap – South Dakota State

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 12:06 am

Much like the first meeting between these two schools Thursday night showed that Omaha is a gritty hard working group that can play some good basketball, and that South Dakota State is just flat out better and the best team in this conference. Despite all the hard work by the Mavericks and some good play at times it wasn’t enough in the end as South Dakota State used an 11-0 run in the second half to pull away for a 69-56 win.

Omaha played well for most of the first 30 minutes. In the first half despite losing Taijhe Kelly to foul trouble Omaha was able to stay within five. Stacia Gebers came off the bench to score six points in seven minutes while Casse Vaughn added three points and three rebounds in nine minutes. The Mavericks were down nine but cut that lead late in the half to stay within striking range.

In the second half Omaha fell behind by seven but Paige Frauendorfer led the Mavericks on several rallies. They got within three at 52-49 with 10:25 left before South Dakota State started an 11-0 run over 5:26 that ended most of Omaha’s hopes. The Mavericks seemed to be getting a little tired and starting taking more and more outside jumpers.

There’s no shame in losing at South Dakota State and Omaha showed that they were probably just one piece away from having a team that could compete in a game like this. In the end South Dakota State’s overwhelming depth was too much.

Paige Frauendorfer ended up with 24 points for Omaha, two away from a career high. I swear she hits some magic point around 20 points that doesn’t allow her to keep her scoring pace up. She had 10 in the first half, 10 in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half, but then just four after that. Obviously some of that was due to South Dakota State locking down on her, but she’s been pretty close in several games this year and she hasn’t been able to break through. Frauendorfer took 22 shots for the Mavericks, the most by a Maverick since Jessica Zaruba took 23 against Lincoln University on 12/18/10. Raise your hand if you expected that to be the name I pulled out… because I sure didn’t.

Ericka House was 4-7 from three while the rest of the team was just 0-17. She had 14 points, her first time in double figures in a loss. Between Frauendorfer, House, and Gebers they shot 18-37 (49%). Between the rest of the team it was 3-24 (13%). Yikes. Just can’t win games like this when you don’t have multiple offensive options. Jamie Nash and Carolyn Blair-Mobley both went 1-8 while Taijhe Kelly was 0-5.

Kelly did do some good things in the 2nd half. She had six rebounds and five blocks in her 18 second half minutes. She’s now on this incredible streak of five or more blocks in four straight games. Remember that before that stretch there had been a TOTAL of NINE games where a player had five or more blocks in Maverick history. She’s increased the total by 44% in just a few weeks. Wow. She has 23 of her 60 blocks in the last four games.

Jamie Nash grabbed five assists and four steals in the losing effort, breaking her own single season school assist record in the process. She also had five turnovers for Omaha as part of her up and down game, very emblematic of her season.

Omaha grabbed 13 offensive rebounds but that was out of 41 opportunities (32%) while South Dakota State grabbed 11 out of 29 opportunities (38%). The Jackrabbits lit it up from deep again. They were 8-16 with Hannah Strop being the one to surprise the Mavericks this time. The 34% three point shooter went 3-4 from deep. They also went 11-11 from the FT line despite being a 69% shooting team. Sometimes the shots don’t fall for you but they fall for your opponent…

Omaha takes on North Dakota State next on Saturday. The Mavericks would love to get a win setting them up for a homestand to end the year where they could lock down a winning conference season. Omaha won the meeting in Omaha 61-52 and the Bison are just 2-4 since then, one of those victories being an upset at South Dakota. They lost at IUPUI last Saturday 57-40.

It was Over When: Omaha had a chance to cut it to nine on a fast break with 3:53 but turned it over. South Dakota State drew a foul after running 20 seconds on their next possession and then got an offensive rebound off a Taijhe Kelly block that lead to a three pointer to make it 66-52 with 3:11 left. Willing to call it over then.

Player of the Game: Paige Frauendorfer wins it tonight again. She had 24 points and seven rebounds for Omaha. She added a steal and assists, hit all four of her FTs, and went 10-22 from the field. She tried stretching her range some but went 0-4 from three. Her 10 points in the opening 10 minutes of the second half kept Omaha in this one.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (9)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (6)
Jamie Nash (4)
Taijhe Kelly (4)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings:
Paige Frauendorfer – 20
Ericka House – 11
Taijhe Kelly – 4
Stacia Gebers – 4
Jamie Nash – 3
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 2
Casse Vaughn – 1
Carly Cator – 0
Myhiah Dotzler – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.5
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 12.4
Jamie Nash – 9.6
Taijhe Kelly – 7.5
Ericka House – 6.0
Casse Vaughn – 5.2
Carly Cator – 3.2
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Stacia Gebers – 2.4
Kate Bayes – 1.6
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.8
Allison Jackson – 0.7

Team Ratings: Game was well paced. Omaha put up similar numbers to the first matchup, just a bit worse on both ends. Omaha didn’t shoot well but were good at not turning it over. Mavericks didn’t get on the offensive glass as hard as they have at times but that’s not horrible considering their opponent is a great rebounding team. The defensive rebounding number is disappointing though. Omaha didn’t do very good on assists tonight only registering 8 on 21 baskets. Omaha also didn’t get to the FT line too much going 10-12.

Possessions: 69
Offensive Points per Possession : 0.82
Defensive Points per Possession : 1.03
eFG%: 37.7%
Turnover Rate: 17.5%
Offensive Rebounding: 27.0%
Defensive Rebounding: 64.3%
A/B%: 38.1%
Floor%: 42.5%
FT Prod: 16.4

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Depth – Think this definitely came in to play down the stretch. Omaha used Ericka House extensively tonight with 34 minutes and Taijhe Kelly played 18 minutes in the 2nd half after sitting most of the first half with foul trouble. On the other hand South Dakota State had their usual deep rotation with six players between 21 and 31. Omaha’s more used to playing those minutes than most teams but it can still be hard to deal with.

2.) Turnovers – Omaha only had 12 turnovers and were able to grab eight steals as South Dakota State had 18 turnovers. This advantage helped Omaha stay in the game despite being out shot and out rebounded.

3.) Complete Game – Omaha nearly played that complete game tonight. South Dakota State stretched the lead to nine late in the first half but Omaha had it back to five by halftime and to two in the second half. Unfortunately after Omaha got it to 52-49 with 10:24 left South Dakota State went on the 11-0 run that basically ended things with 4:59 left. That five and a half minute stretch was the part that cost them in the end.

Prediction Response: I had it at 64-56, obviously that was a little closer than it was. For a while I was looking good though Winking smile.

Upcoming Opponent: North Dakota State is up next. That’s a winnable game for Omaha and could propel them to a strong finish for the season. They need to win out to have a winning conference season.

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