OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha women’s basketball set a new season-high for points in the 92-58 win over Peru State Monday night in its first victory of the season.
The game also marked the first time since last year’s home opener against USC Upstate (Nov. 9, 2018) that the Mavericks had five players reach double figures in scoring.
• Mikaela Ekdahl recorded her first double-digit scoring effort with a career-high 13 points and finished a perfect 2-for-2 from three.
• Claire Killian notched her 26th career double-digit scoring game with a season high 13 points.
• Abby Johnson had her first-career double-digit scoring effort with a career-high 10 points with a pair of threes.
• Mariah Murdie recorded a career-high five assists.
• Elena Pilakouta tallied her third double-digit scoring effort this season with 10 points.
• Kia Wilson also had 10 points to extend her double-digit scoring effort to three games.
• Omaha improves to 11-0 all-time against Peru State.
• The Mavericks have also cracked 90-plus points against the Bobcats for the second-straight year.
INSIDE THE FIRST HALF
Omaha opened the game with a 15-8 spark that forced a Peru State timeout on the 4:31 mark in the first quarter. The Bobcats went on a run a 5-0 spurt and pulled the score to within one (15-14) at the 1:20 mark. Peru State eventually tied the score at 15-all at the end of the first quarter. Despite trailing by one in the second, Killian hit back-to-back threes on assists from Johnston which gave Omaha a 23-18 lead at the 7:12 mark in the second.
Peru State’s Marsh-Contreras was able to hit a runner in the paint and tied it up at 23-all, which forced Omaha to use a timeout. At the half, Omaha led 36-30.
INSIDE THE SECOND HALF
A big and-one by Mariah Murdie gave the team and early spark to open the third. That got the Mavericks going as the team outscored Peru State 32-12 in the quarter. Johnson hit a long two at the buzzer which made the score 68-42 heading in to the fourth. The lead eventually extended to 30 at the 8:33 mark in the fourth. At the final media timeout with 4:17 to go, Omaha led 83-52. The Mavericks finished the game with 23 fourth-quarter points.
Omaha hits the road for a mid-week game at Kansas Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The Mavericks and Jayhawks square off live on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+. Fans can listen to Jon Schriner on the call via 1290 KOIL.