SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Amber Vidal was one of four Mavericks in double-figures as Omaha held off Wofford 64-60 on Sunday at Richardson Indoor Stadium.
The Mavericks have now won four straight and improve to 4-2 (0-0 Summit League), while the Terriers drop to 2-3 (0-0 SoCon).
Leaders for Omaha
Amber Vidal was one of four starters to reach double-figures. The junior guard posted a game-high 19 points with four rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot and a steal. Jess Walter scored 17 points and pulled down four boards. Courtney Vaccher added her second-straight double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Ellie Brecht went for 11 points and five rebounds. Jay Bridgeman dished out a team-best four assists with four points and four rebounds.
Leaders for Wofford
Chloe Wanink led the Terries with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Marissa Bayer added 16 points and seven boards. Da’ja Green chipped in five points and a game-high six assists.
Omaha shot 40 percent (20-of-50) from the floor compared to 36.9 percent (24-of-65) by Wofford. The Terriers connected on 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from long range, while the Mavericks hit only 24 percent (6-of-25) from beyond the 3-point line. Omaha went 15-of-25 (72 percent) at the free throw line, while Wofford hit 5-of-6 attempts (83.3 percent) from the line. UNO held a slim 41-37 rebounding advantage and a 3-1 lead in blocked shots.
Inside the First Quarter
Omaha opened the game shooting 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from the floor, while Wofford managed to shoot 20 percent (3-of-15). The Mavericks hit 40 percent (2-of-5) of their 3-point attempts, and the Terriers hit 25 percent (1-of-4) pct. Jess Walter opened the game with a 3-pointer before Wofford scored the next six points. The Mavericks responded with a six-point spurt led by three points each from Jay Bridgeman and Ellie Brecht to tie things up at 6-6. Courtney Vaccher‘s layup with 56 seconds left in the period gave Omaha an 11-9 lead after the initial 10 minutes of action.
Sizing Up the Second Quarter
The Mavericks improved their effort in the field, hitting on 46.7 percent (7-of-15), while the Terriers improved to 37.5 percent (6-of-16). Omaha also hit 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the free throw line, while Wofford did not have an attempt. Two Walter free throws with 5:50 left in the half gave UNO a 19-18 lead. Omaha stretched the lead to as many as 10 points by quarter’s end and took a 32-22 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Looking at the Third Quarter
Coming out of the break, Wofford held Omaha to 25 percent (3-of-12) from the floor and limited UNO to eight points in the quarter. The Terriers outscored the Mavericks 16-8 thanks to a 41.2 percent (7-of-17) effort from the field. The Terriers also turned seven Maverick turnovers into 10 points. UNO held onto a 40-38 lead heading into the final period.
Wrapping up the Fourth Quarter
The Mavericks shot 60 percent (6-of-10) from the field and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line. The Terriers connected on 47.1 percent (8-of-17) of its shots, but only managed a 3-of-4 effort at the stripe. Wofford took a short-lived lead at 41-40 just a minute into the quarter before Brecht scored five straight points to put UNO ahead 45-41 with 7:56 remaining. Omaha stretched its lead to as many as six with under three minutes left to play. The Terriers made one last push and tied the game at 58-58 on a pair of Da’Ja Gree free throws with 1:26 remaining. Omaha then went on a 5-2 run over the 1:13 to claim a 63-60 lead. Vidal made the play of the game by blocking a Wanink 3-point try with 13 seconds left on the clock. Claire Killian hit 1-of-2 free throws to make the final score 64-60.
Omaha begins a four-game homestand next week when it hosts Graceland on Thursday, Nov. 30. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena.