Women’s basketball ends on a winning note


Charlotte Reilly

As the University of Nebraska at Omaha women’s basketball team is getting ready for the Summit League Tournament, they are sitting at an overall record of 15-14 and 8-8 in their conference, placing them at fifth place in the Summit League.

The team has had success at the Baxter Arena this season. Altogether, they’ve won 10 of their 14 homes games.

Reflecting back on the season, 11 of the girls’ wins this season have been by 20 or more points. They are currently averaging 67.7 points per game, while only allowing 64.9. The Mavs are also out-rebounding the opposition 36 to 32.

Omaha has won three of its last five Summit League matchups. The team held both Oral Roberts and Fort Wayne to just 49 points. They also beat North Dakota State by an impressive 24 points. Head coach Brittany Lange mentioned after their win on Wednesday that the team is starting to click heading into the conference tournament.

“We really utilized our strengths, which is our forwards, and they did a good job being aggressive,” Lange said. “We had good spacing, and it was with good pace. All in all, I’m very pleased and solid with whoever was in there for us in the game. I feel like there’s really no drop off.”

The game against North Dakota State boosted the players’ confidence going into the Summit League tournament. Senior forward Mikaela Shaw said after their last win that they are picking up some momentum at the right time of the year.

“It’s a big opportunity for us to gain some momentum going into the conference tournament,” Shaw said.“We know we have to have great days at practice and great games, and this was a good step in that direction. We obviously can’t control who we play, we can only control this win.”

After handing Denver a 100-78 loss at the Baxter Arena on Saturday, the girls have gotten hot right at the perfect time heading into the conference tournament.

The Summit League Tournament is March 4-7. The time and seeding’s of the games have not been determined yet, but fans can check omavs.com for live audio, video and stats.