CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Omaha women’s basketball team took to the road for its final game before the holiday break Friday night, falling 79-50 to Northern Iowa at the McLeod Center. The Mavericks are now 5-7 on the season, while the Panthers improved to 7-4.
Leaders for Omaha
Freshman Mariah Murdie paced the Mavericks with a game-high 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Murdie added six rebounds and a steal.
Freshman Josie Filer added six points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Leaders for Northern Iowa
Taylor Hagen’s 15 points with six rebounds, four assists and two blocks paced UNI, and Karli Rucker pitched in 11 points, four assists and four steals.
Omaha hit 32.8 percent (20-of-61) of its shots from the floor, including 11.1 percent (2-of-18) from 3-point range. The Mavericks also hit 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the free throw line. UNO scored 13 points off 21 UNI turnovers.
Northern Iowa outshot Omaha for the game, hitting 48.5 percent (32-of-66) from the field, including a 29.6 percent (8-of-27) effort from behind the arc. The Panthers converted 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the line. UNI outrebounded UNO 45-34 and outscored the Mavericks in the paint 42-32.
Inside the First Half
Northern Iowa hit its first three 3-pointers of the game to take an early 9-4 advantage. The Mavericks cut the lead to 11-9 with under three minutes left in the first quarter on a Sophie Johnston layup. The Panthers closed the quarter with a 6-2 run and led 17-11 lead after the opening 10 minutes.
UNI outscored UNO 17-9 in the second quarter to extend their lead in the contest. The Panthers converted eight offensive rebounds into nine second-chance points in the period. Northern Iowa took a 34-20 lead at halftime.
Inside the Second Half
Coming out of the break, Carter and Killian combined for six points as Omaha cut the UNI lead to 36-26 with 8:10 left in the third quarter. Northern Iowa responded by outscoring UNO 15-2 over the final 3:08 of the period and took a 57-34 lead into the final quarter.
The Panthers outshot the Mavericks 57.1 percent (8-for-14) to 27.8 (5-for-18) percent in the fourth quarter. Murdie’s nine points led Omaha in the final period.
Omaha opens Summit League action on Friday, Dec. 28, against Denver. Tipoff at Baxter Arena is set for 5 p.m.