OMAHA, Neb. – Four players scored in double figures to lead the Omaha women’s basketball team to a 78-73 win over Florida A&M on Sunday afternoon at Sapp Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Mavericks improved to 2-2 on the season, while the Rattlers fell to 0-4 overall.
Leaders for Omaha
Junior Courtney Vaccher led the way for Omaha, finishing with 18 points, three rebounds and two assists. Junior Ellie Brecht added 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. Freshman Emily Petersen set a career-high with 12 points. Freshman Claire Killian scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Leaders for Florida A&M
Florence Ouattara finished with a game-high 20 points with six boards and six assists. Shakeyrra Morrison added 11points and a game-high nine rebounds. Shalunda Burney-Robinson and Dawn King each had 14 points.
Omaha shot 50 percent (25-of-56) compared to Florida A&M’s 39.5 percent (30-of-76) from the field and had a 43-36 rebounding advantage. FAMU forced Omaha into 22 turnovers while committing only 13 turnovers.
Inside the First Quarter
Jay Bridgeman scored four points as Omaha opened the game with an 11-2 run. Florida A&M cut the lead to 12-11 midway through the opening stanza. A 3-pointer by Dawn King gave the Rattlers an 18-17 lead at the end of the opening 10 minutes. FAMU held a slight lead in field goal percentage 41.2 percent (7-of-17) to 40 percent (6-of-15). UNO held a 13-7 edge in rebounding, including a 5-2 margin on the offensive glass. The Rattlers took advantage of six Maverick turnovers to score eight points.
Sizing Up the Second Quarter
Emily Petersen hit four 3-pointers as Omaha outscored Florida A&M, 21-15, in the second quarter. A Taylor Darks layup gave FAMU its largest lead of the half at 27-21. Petersen then hit three-straight trey’s to put the Mavericks ahead 30-27 midway through the period. Ellie Brecht‘s 3-pointer gave Omaha a 38-33 lead at the half. The Mavericks shot 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the field, including 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from beyond the 3-point arc. The Rattlers managed only 35 percent (7-of-20) from the floor and 12.5 percent (1-of-8) from deep.
Looking at the Third Quarter
Florida A&M turned six Omaha turnovers into six points and outscored the Mavericks 21-17 in the third quarter. UNO shot 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the field compared to 42.9 percent (9-of-21) percent for FAMU. Claire Killian‘s layup pushed the Mavericks lead to seven points early in the second half, but the Rattlers stormed back and took a 47-44 lead midway through the period. A King 3-pointer put Florida A&M on top 52-46. Omaha closed out the stanza on a 9-2 run to lead after three quarters, 55-54.
Wrapping up the Fourth Quarter
Omaha shot 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the field and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the free throw line in the final quarter. Florida A&M managed to shoot 38.9 percent (7-of-18) and 50 percent (3-of-6) from the charity stripe. Courtney Vaccherpushed UNO’s lead to three points on a made bucket early in the fourth, but King converted a three-point play to even things at 57-57 a minute later. A 3-pointer by Brecht capped a 7-0 Omaha spurt to give the Mavericks some breathing room. A pair of three’s brought FAMU within a point with 5:55 left in regulation, but the Rattlers were unable to tie things up. Vaccher scored UNO’s final six points to make the final 78-73.
The Mavericks hit the road for a pair of games in Spartanburg, S.C., over the Thanksgiving break. Omaha visits USC Upstate on Friday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. UNO then matches up with Wofford on Sunday, Nov. 26 at Noon.