Maverick Maniac's Musings

March 1, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #27 Recap – South Dakota

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 9:00 am

Things just aren’t working out for the Mavericks down the stretch. We’ve always known that Omaha probably has a bit of a talent gap with some of their Summit League competitors since the Mavericks didn’t know they’d be a Division 1 team as of 24 months ago, but perhaps it’s finally being put on display. Despite all the hustle plays by the Mavericks, in particular Frauendorfer and Nash who are always ready to go diving after loose balls it seems, Omaha just hasn’t been able to hit shots over the last couple months.

It’s really just all too bad. They had a great nonconference record and a 3-1 start in conference gave a lot of hope to the season. A top four finish? Pushing for the postseason? All of those things were in play. Except Omaha’s shooting went cold and down went the Mavs. Omaha is shooting just 37% from the field and is the worst shooting team in the Summit League during conference play.

The Mavericks have lost eight of their last 11 conference games and need to beat Kansas City on Saturday or they’ll finish at 6-10 and with only a sweep of Oakland in conference play. At 6-10 the Mavericks would lose the tiebreaker to Western Illinois (swept North Dakota State), North Dakota State (beat IUPUI), and Kansas City (beat South Dakota). Omaha could actually wind up in 8th place still after such a bright start.

As far as what happened on Thursday night it’s a familiar script; Omaha didn’t hit their shots and couldn’t grab enough rebounds to stay in the game. Omaha’s defense has usually been pretty good this year. They have been giving up just 0.857 points per possession during conference play, 4th in the Summit League and good enough to win most games. Unfortunately the offense hasn’t kept up and it’s cost Omaha time and time again.

Taijhe Kelly was limited to just 15 minutes in this one as she struggled with foul trouble. I don’t usually get critical of officiating and I’m not even sure any of the calls were actually bad, but I thought there might have been a weak call or two on her. Only 20 fouls were called in the game and I thought there was a lot of physical play when Omaha was on offense, so it was weird to see her get four fouls in 15 minutes. She still got three blocks in 15 minutes, a good sign that in a full game she would have been right on track for her 5+.

Of course did Omaha really miss Kelly? Interior defensive wasn’t the problem and Kelly only grabbed one defensive rebound in 15 minutes. Stacia Gebers played in Kelly’s place and had a fantastic evening scoring nine points and grabbing five rebounds (though only one defensively) in 18 minutes.

Credit to Carolyn Blair-Mobley and Paige Frauendorfer who grabbed nine and five defensive rebounds respectively. They were the only Mavericks to grab at least three defensive rebounds on a night where South Dakota had FOUR players grab at least three offensive rebounds.

The Mavericks should be a bit worried when they look at this South Dakota team. They’ll lose a couple of starters in Tempestt Wilson and Alexis Yackley, but there will still be some real threats on this team in sophomore Nicole Seekamp, sophomore Lisa Loeffler, freshman Margaret McCloud, and junior Polly Harrington. They will be very tough in the coming few years and Omaha does not have an answer for them right now.

Hopefully we see a better performance on Saturday. I’m just itching to see one more Maverick win this season. As hard as the seniors have fought and with how much they’ve been through I think they deserve it.

It was Over When: This one became over when Omaha kept missing and missing and missing down 13. South Dakota scored their last point to make it 50-37 with 4:33 left. Let’s say Taijhe Kelly’s missed layup with 1:42 left was the end of the end…. but really it seemed over for a large part of that stretch when Omaha couldn’t buy a basket.

Player of the Game: Paige Frauendorfer was the best of the bunch going 6-13 from the field and hitting both of her FTs to score 14. She added five rebounds but no other stats.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (10)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (7)
Jamie Nash (4)
Taijhe Kelly (4)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings:
Paige Frauendorfer – 11
Stacia Gebers – 9
Jamie Nash – 7
Taijhe Kelly – 3
Carly Cator – 3
Casse Vaughn – 1
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 1
Ericka House – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.4
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 12.3
Jamie Nash – 9.3
Taijhe Kelly – 7.7
Ericka House – 5.8
Casse Vaughn – 4.9
Carly Cator – 3.1
Stacia Gebers – 2.6
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Kate Bayes – 1.6
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.8
Allison Jackson – 0.7

Team Ratings: Really low number of possessions. Horrible offensive number but a decent defensive number. Problem was shooting as turnovers weren’t bad. Offensive rebounding number not fantastic and defense rebounding number really bad. Omaha did pass the ball fine (10 assists on 18 baskets) but didn’t get to the FT line much.

Possessions: 62
Offensive Points per Possession : 0.63
Defensive Points per Possession : 0.84
eFG%: 30.5%
Turnover Rate: 17.8%
Offensive Rebounding: 28.6%
Defensive Rebounding: 54.1%
A/B%: 55.6%
Floor%: 40.0%
FT Prod: 5.1

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Omaha’s Shooting – 30.5% and 0-8 from three… yep.

2.) Interior Defense – Omaha actually did a really good job here. They held South Dakota to just 16-44 (36%) shooting on twos and didn’t even pay for it on threes as South Dakota was 4-15 (37%).

3.) Offensive Glass – Omaha was strong on the offensive glass in the first half but that didn’t last and at the end of the day they were below average on both the offensive glass and defensive glass, something they haven’t been able to overcome for a win so far this year.

Prediction Response:
Pretty close on South Dakota’s total but really disappointing that the Mavericks couldn’t even hit 40.

Upcoming Opponent: Omaha hosts Kansas City to end the season on Saturday at 2 PM. This season will always be a little disappointing when you think of how it’s ended but it’d be nice to get one last win out of it.

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