OMAHA, Neb. – Rayanna Carter led four Mavericks in double figures with a game-high 14 points, and the Omaha women’s basketball team won its third straight game, downing Graceland 81-39 on Sunday at Baxter Arena.
With the win, the Mavericks improved to 4-3 on the season. The game was an exhibition contest for the Yellowjackets, who remain 9-2 on the season.
Leaders for Omaha
Carter was 5-of-6 from the floor, including a perfect 4-of-4 effort at the free throw line, while dishing out three assists and seizing three steals.
Joining Carter in double digits was Juliana Chagas with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Claire Killian added 12 points, while Andi Pierce chipped in 10 points, three boards and three assists.
Leaders for Graceland
Caitlyn Sudduth was one of five Yellowjackets to score a team-best six points. Kailey Boden, Christacia Dawkins, Arrica Daye and Haley Lysinger also scored six points each.
Omaha shot 48.6 percent (35-of-72) from the floor while holding Graceland to 33.3 percent (17-of-51). The Mavericks connected on 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the free throw line and 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from behind the three-point arc.
UNO held a 43-27 advantage in rebounding. The Mavericks also forced the Yellowjackets into 23 turnovers, while committing a season-low eight.
Inside the First Half
Omaha led from the tip, jumping out to a 5-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 13 at the half. Omaha shot 39.5 percent (15-of-38) over the first 20 minutes, led by Killian’s 11 points and another eight points and two assists from Carter. The Mavericks closed the half on a 13-5 run, with Killian layup in the closing seconds putting the lead at 38-25.
Inside the Second Half
Omaha held Graceland to 14 points in the second half, enjoying a 24-4 advantage in the paint and outrebounding Graceland 22-10 in the second half. The Maverick bench outscored the Yellowjacket bench 32-5 over the final 20 minutes. UNO opened the second half with an 11-2 spurt to push the lead to 22 capped by a Josie Filer layup.
Alicia Mountain’s jumper to start the fourth quarter advanced the lead to 63-32. Chagas’ jumper with 32 seconds left made the final 81-39. Omaha shot 58.8 percent (20-of-34) in the second half and held Graceland to 25.0 percent (6-of-24).
Omaha returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 5, against Creighton. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at D.J. Sokol Arena.