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Omaha Women top Florida A&M

Omaha Women top Florida A&M

MIAMI, Fla. – The Omaha women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid with a 57-50 win over Florida A&M at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami, Fla.

The win lifted the Mavericks to 2-3 on the season, while the Rattlers fell to 0-5.

Leaders for Omaha
Claire Killian scored a game-high 14 points, all in the second half, on 4-of-11 shooting from the field.  Killian added three rebounds, two blocks and two steals.  Elena Pilakouta added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.  Josie Filer grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with six points and four assists.  Rayanna Carter chipped in five points, five rebounds and a game-high five assists.

Leaders for Florida A&M
Candice Williams led the Rattlers with 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the floor.  Williams added five rebounds and four assists.  Mya Moye added 11 points and three assists.

Team Stats
Omaha shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56) from the floor, while Florida A&M hit 37.0 percent (20-of-54).  The Mavericks connected on 30.4 percent (7-of-23) of its three-pointers compared to the Rattlers’ 25.0 percent (4-of-16) from long range.  UNO hit 58.3 percent (14-of-24) of its free throws, while FAMU sank 50.0 percent (6-of-12) from the line.

The Rattlers held a 42-40 edge in rebounds, but the Mavericks outscored them in the paint 22-16.  Omaha forced Florida A&M into 17 turnovers while committing only 11.

Inside the First Half
Omaha surged to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter on layups by Carter and Sophie Johnston and a Filer free throw.  Florida A&M tied the game at 5-5 with 3:18 left in the period on a fastbreak jumper from Williams. The Mavericks closed out the period on a 6-2 run to lead 11-7 after the opening 10 minutes.

Omaha extended its lead to seven in the opening 90 second of the second quarter.  Florida A&M cut the lead to two points on a Moye layup, but UNO responded with four quick points to keep its lead at 18-12 midway through the quarter.  FAMU’s Taylor Darks tied things at 18-all with under two minutes left in the half.  Johnston and Mariah Murdie hit consecutive three-pointers to push Omaha’s lead to 24-20 at the break.

Inside the Second Half
Omaha saw its lead cut to one near the midway point of the third quarter on a pair of Williams free throws.  Killian scored six of the Mavericks next nine points as the lead grew to 38-31 with under two minutes left in the period.  Carter found Pilakouta in the paint in the waning second of the quart to push UNO’s lead to 42-37 entering the fourth quarter.

Baskets from Filer and Pilakouta gave Omaha its largest lead of the game 46-37 early in the fourth quarter.  Moya and Darks led a final push by FAMU, but the Rattlers did not get closer than four points at 46-42.  Kalen Phillips delivered the clinching three-pointer with just over two minutes left in regulation to push Omaha in front by eight. Carter and Killian each hit free throws in the final minute as the Mavericks claimed a 57-50 victory.

News and Notes
•    Omaha won its third-straight game over Florida A&M.
•    Killian’s 14 points and two blocks were season-highs.
•    Filer’s 14 rebounds were the most in a game by a Maverick since Mikaela Shaw pulled down 14 against Indiana State on Nov. 25, 2016.
•    Filer also earned all-tournament accolades.
•    Pilakouta has scored in double-figures in four of her first five games

Next Up
Omaha concludes a three-game road trip on Thursday, Nov. 29, against Detroit Mercy.  Tipoff is set for 10 a.m. (CT) at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich.

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