CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Omaha women’s basketball program fell 65-52 on the road at Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon.
LEADERS FOR OMAHA
Felici tallied her first-career game as the team’s scoring leader with a career-high of 11 points. Murdie’s 10 points marked her second double-digit scoring performance on the season. Murdie also narrowly missed out on a double-double with a team-best nine rebounds. Rayanna Carter recorded nine points, five assists and two steals while Josie Filer followed with eight points and seven boards.
LEADERS FOR EASTERN ILLINOIS
Lariah Washington recorded a game-high 18 points, followed by Karle Pace with 14. Both players also had a team-high of six rebounds.
INSIDE THE FIRST HALF
Eastern Illinois opened the game on a 10-3 run and eventually built a 23-10 lead after the first quarter that was capped off by a three. The Mavericks saw the double-digit deficit increase to as many as 17 (40-23) with just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter. At the half, Omaha trailed 42-28.
INSIDE THE SECOND HALF
Omaha was outscored 14-10 in the third quarter, but was able to cut the score to 11 points (44-33) at the 6:28 mark. Eastern Illinois, however, responded and built a 56-38 lead after three quarters of play. Omaha made a late run in the fourth and outscored the Panthers 14-9. The Mavericks cut it to nine on two different occasions with 4:25 and 3:04 to go on a pair of threes by Abby Johnson and Felici. Despite the late run, Omaha was unable to close the gap and fell by 13 points to the Panthers.
• Akili Felici recorded a career-high 11 points on a trio of 3-pointers made.
• Mariah Murdie almost tallied her third-career double-double.
• Claire Killian’s streak of multiple threes in a game ends at seven-straight games.
• Omaha falls to 3-2 all-time against the Panthers and 0-2 in Charleston.
• The Mavericks fall to 0-4 on the road this season.
Omaha returns home for its first of five-straight home games inside Baxter Arena. The Mavericks welcome Northern Iowa for a Tuesday, Dec. 10, matchup slated for 7 p.m.