OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha women’s basketball team never trailed in a 63-47 victory over the Peru State Bobcats in nonconference action on Monday night at Baxter Arena.
Leaders for Peru State
Claire Cudney led three Bobcats in double figures with a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds on 4-of-12 shooting. Swaranga Fernando and Abigail Niebrugge each had 13 points.
Omaha shot .419 (26-of-62) to Peru State’s .327 (16-of-49) and finished at 1.000 (4-of-4) at the line. The Mavericks outrebounded the Bobcats 37-33 and outscored then 34-20 in the paint.
Inside the First Half
Peru State kept within one point of Omaha in the opening 2:30 of the game, but the Mavericks went on an 11-2 run to lead 17-7 midway through the period. The Bobcats chipped the Mavericks lead down to six with 3:11 left on the clock on baskets by Fernando and Cudney. Killian scored five points as UNO ended the period on a 7-0 run to lead 24-11 after the opening 10 minutes.
The Bobcats opened the second quarter with a 6-2 outburst to cut the Mavericks lead to nine. Omaha stepped up its defense, and held Peru State without a basket for six minutes and built the lead to 25 points. Vidal led UNO with seven points as it outscored PSC 16-0 during its run. A Peru State layup in the closing moments of the half made the score 44-21 at the intermission.
Inside the Second Half
The Bobcats went on a 7-2 run to open the third quarter and cut the Mavericks led to 18 points. A Killian 3-pointer and baskets by Vaccher and Emily Petersen pushed UNO’s lead back to 24 at 53-29. Peru State closed the quarter on another 7-2 run to shrink Omaha’s lead to 55-36 at the end of three quarters.
Peru State chipped Omaha’s lead to 14 points three times in the final quarter, but the Mavericks kept the lead in double figures throughout the final 10 minutes. Vidal’s jumper with 39 ticks left on the clock made the final 63-47.
Omaha is now 10-10 (1-6 Summit League) on the season, while Peru State, for whom tonight’s game counts as an exhibition, remains 3-16 (0-10 HAAC).
The Mavericks open the second half of Summit League play this weekend, hosting South Dakota State on Saturday, Feb. 3. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Baxter Arena.