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Omaha Women roll Graceland | Rural Radio Network

Omaha Women roll Graceland

Omaha Women roll Graceland

OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha women’s basketball team cruised to its fifth win of the season Thursday night, defeating Graceland University 96-69 at Baxter Arena.  The Mavericks improve to 5-2 (0-0 Summit League), while Graceland remains 4-5 (1-0 HAAC) as the contest counts as an exhibition game for the Yellowjackets.

Leaders for Omaha
Junior guard Ellie Brecht led all scorers with a career-high 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting with seven 3-pointers.  Brecht also had a team-best seven rebounds with three assists.  Junior guard Jess Walter added 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, along with five assists and four rebounds.

Freshman Claire Killian chipped in eight points, four rebounds and three assists.  Sophomore Jay Bridgeman went 3-of-4 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, for eight points, four boards and a blocked shot.

Leaders for Graceland
Emily Work led the Yellowjackets with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including four 3-pointers.  Alexi Matthews-Fells scored 14 points, along with six rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.  Haley Lysinger added 10 points.

Team Stats
Omaha shot 54.5 percent (36-of-66) from the floor and held Graceland to just 39.1 percent (23-of-64).  The Mavericks shot 41.4 percent (12-of-29) compared to the Yellowjackets 37.5 percent (12-of-32).  GU out shot UNO at the free throw line 77.8 percent (7-of-9) to 70.6 percent (12-of-17).  Omaha held a 47-26 advantage on the boards, including a 28-13 lead on the defensive glass.

Inside the First Quarter
Graceland jumped in front of Omaha 6-2 on a pair of 3-pointers by Work and Christacia Dawkins.  Amber Vidal scored five straight points as Omaha went on an 11-0 run to take a 13-6 lead with 4:18 left in the opening period.  The Yellowjackets cut the lead to two on a 3-pointer by Lysinger with under 90 seconds remaining in the period.  UNO took a 22-18 lead at the end of the first quarter on a jumper by junior Romekia Wallace.

Sizing up the Second Quarter
Brecht went 6-of-6 from long range in the second quarter as Omaha outscored Graceland 26-20.  Matthews-Fells scored the first four points of the quarter as the Yellowjackets tied the game at 22-22.  Omaha responded with a 15-5 run led by three trey’s by Brecht and took a 37-27 lead midway through the period.  Another Brecht 3-pointer gave Omaha its largest lead of the half at 43-30.  A long-range bucket by Work cut UNO’s lead to seven with under a minute to play in the first half.  Brecht responded with her sixth 3-pointer of the quarter to give Omaha a 48-38 lead going into the locker room.

Looking at the Third Quarter
The Mavericks shot 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the floor and outscored the Yellowjackets 28-14 in the quarter.  Quick buckets from Brecht and junior Courtney Vaccher pushed the Mavericks lead to 14 points in the first minute of the period.  Later, Emily Petersen‘s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 20 points, 67-47, with 4:06 left in the quarter.  Petersen’s second trey followed by two Wallace free throws gave UNO a 74-47 lead with two minutes left on the clock.  Lysinger hit a three for GU in the waning second of the quarter to make the score 76-52 at the end of three periods.

Wrapping up the Fourth Quarter
The Mavericks shot 50 percent (9-of-18) from the floor and held the Yellowjackets to under 30 percent (5-of-17) from the field in the final period.  Graceland outscored Omaha 12-4 in the first four minutes of the quarter and cut UNO’s lead to 80-64.  Two Vaccher buckets bookended a 10-2 Maverick run that pushed the lead to 24 with 2:59 left in regulation.  Layups by Walter and Vidal gave UNO its largest lead of the night at 96-68 before Lysinger went 1-of-2 at the line to make the final 96-69.

Up Next
Omaha welcomes College of Saint Mary to Baxter Arena on Sunday, Dec. 3.  Tipoff is set for 1 p.m

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