DETROIT, Mich. – The Omaha women’s basketball team outscored Detroit Mercy in the second half, 34-18, in a come-from-behind, 51-42, victory on Thursday morning at Calihan Hall.
With the win, the Mavericks improved to 3-3 on the season, while the Titans fell to 2-5.
Leaders for Omaha
Elena Pilakouta led the Mavericks with her first career double-double, finishing with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Pilakouta also had a game-high four assists and four blocked shots.
Leaders for Detroit Mercy
Brittney Jackson led the Titans with nine points on 3-of-10 shooting. Zoey Oatis and Lexey Tobel each added eight points. Oatis added five rebounds, five steals and two assists, while Tobel chipped in eight rebounds and a blocked shot.
Omaha shot 51.3 percent (20-of-39) from the field while holding Detroit Mercy to 28.8 percent (17-of-59). The Mavericks connected on 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from behind the three-point line compared to the Titans’ 28.6 percent (6-of-21) from long range. UNO shot 40.0 percent (4-of-10) at the free throw line, while UDM hit 50.0 percent (2-of-4).
Omaha held a 35-28 advantage in rebounding, including a 29-14 advantage on the defensive glass. The Mavericks committed a season-high 23 turnovers, while the Titans committed 13.
Inside the First Half
Omaha trailed 9-4 at the first quarter media timeout but responded with a 7-3 run to close within a point with under two minutes left. Detroit Mercy’s Jess Bicknell jumper made the score 14-11 to close out the opening 10 minutes of play.
A pair of Tobel three-pointers sparked an 8-0 run by Detroit Mercy to open the second quarter. Six straight points from Pilakouta helped the Mavericks cut the lead to five with 4:28 remaining in the first half. Omaha did not score the final 4:28 of the half as Detroit Mercy took a 24-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Inside the Second Half
The second half was a different story, as the Mavericks outscored the Titans 21-8 in the third quarter. Carter and Sophie Johnston each hit three-pointers for Omaha to open the second half. Back-to-back jumpers by Pilakouta and Claire Killian tied the game at 29-29 with 6:34 remaining. Pierce’s three-pointer gave UNO its first lead of the game at 32-31. UDM briefly retook the lead on a Bicknell jumper. Mariah Murdie scored the final four points of the period as Omaha held a 38-33 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
Omaha stretched its lead to seven with 7:16 left in the fourth quarter. Detroit Mercy made a final push and cut the lead to four on a Jackson three-pointer. The Mavericks answered with a Carter three followed up by a Filer layup to stretch the lead to 49-40. UNO then held Detroit Mercy scoreless the final 3:35 to seal the 51-42 victory.
Omaha returns to action this Sunday, Dec. 2, against Graceland. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Baxter Arena.