FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Omaha women’s basketball team dropped a 76-65 road decision against Fort Wayne on Tuesday evening at the Gates Sports Center.
Leaders for Omaha
Juniors Amber Vidal and Jess Walter each scored a team-high 14 points to lead Omaha. Vidal shot 4-of-9 from the field with a 6-of-6 effort at the free throw line. She also added a game-high seven assists. Walter finished 4-of-8 from the floor, including a 2-for-3 effort from behind the 3-point arc.
Leaders for Fort Wayne
DeJour Young was one of five Mastodon players in double figures with a game-high 16 points. Peyton Fallis added 14 points and seven rebounds, while KeShyra McCarver scored 12 points. Hannah Albrecht and Kierstyn Repp each had 11 points.
Fort Wayne shot .462 (24-of-52) from the floor, .360 (9-of-25) from long range and .905 (19-of-21) at the free throw line. Omaha came in at .451 (23-of-51) from the field, .294 (5-of-17) behind the 3-point arc and .824 (14-of-17) at the stripe. Fort Wayne held a 37-22 advantage on the boards.
Inside the First Half
Omaha shot .545 (6-of-11) from the field and held Fort Wayne to .294 (5-of-17) in the first quarter. Vaccher paced the Mavericks with six points and three rebounds in the opening 10 minutes. Fort Wayne took a 6-5 lead midway through the period. Omaha responded with two Vaccher layups and a Brecht 3-pointer and took a 12-8 lead with 3:26 remaining. The Mastodons used a 6-0 spurt to regain the lead before an Alicia Mountain basket tied things up at 14-14 at the end of the opening quarter.
Fort Wayne shot .500 (7-of-14) from the floor and .500 from long range (3-of-6) in the second quarter. Omaha was held to .273 (3-of-11) from the field and .333 (2-of-6) from distance. After the Mavericks took a 16-14 lead on two Mountain free throws, the Mastodons went on a 15-0 run over a 5:34 span to go ahead 29-16. A Walter 3-pointer and a Killian jumper brought Omaha within eight at the end of the first half, 34-26.
Inside the Second Half
Omaha improved its effort from the floor in the third quarter, shooting .571 (8-of-14), while Fort Wayne continued its sharp shooting at .545 (6-of-11). Killian, Vidal and Walter each had five points for the Mavericks in the period. UNO went on a 10-0 run over a 3:12 span to cut the lead to 46-45 with a minute left in the stanza. An Albrecht trey with one second left on the clock put Fort Wayne ahead 49-45 at the end of the third quarter.
The Mastodons hit at a .600 (6-of-10) clip from the field and .875 (14-of-16) from the free throw line in the final quarter. The Mavericks shot .400 (6-of-15) from the floor and .875 (7-of-8) at the charity stripe. Young poured in 10 points in the final period to keep the Mavericks at bay. Fort Wayne pushed its lead to 13 points with 4:28 left in the period. Omaha managed to cut the lead to four points with 55 ticks left on a Killian layup, but the Mastodons went 6-of-6 down the stretch to keep the game out of reach.
Omaha is now 8-7 (0-3 Summit League) on the year, while Fort Wayne improved to 4-13 (1-3).
Omaha continues Summit League play on Saturday, Jan. 13, hosting Western Illinois. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at Baxter Arena