2013-2014 Women's Basketball Roster Preview
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013 20:12
The University of Nebraska at Omaha women’s basketball team is looking for continued success as it rolls into only its second season of a full Division-1 & Summit League schedule. The Lady Mavs recorded a 17-11 record (7-9 in Summit League play) last season in just their first full Division One schedule and look to continue the growth in the 2013-14 season. Just three players return to the team this year, but many new faces will join them as the Mavericks add four transfer students to the team as well as five freshmen.
The 2013-14 squad will be led by returning starter Taijhe Kelly, junior guard Cathleen Cox and senior Ericka House. Junior center Kelly, who led the Summit League in blocked shots last season, will look to add to her already successful career here at UNO where she is currently fourth on the all-time blocked shots list with 117 after only two seasons of play. Cathleen Cox is looking to bounce back after a season-ending knee injury a year ago which brought to a halt a season that had started off strong for the junior from Elkhorn, Neb. Guard Erika House, who led the Summit League in off the bench scoring as well as leading the Lady Mavericks in scoring a season ago, will surely be looking to go out on top as she enters her final season at UNO.
With the loss of four starters from a year ago, the Mavs added plenty of talent to the roster this season. UNO adds four transfer students to the 2013-14 roster and they will be looked at to produce their first season here in Omaha. Brianna Bogard, a 5’7’’ junior guard who was highly recruited out of Georgetown, Texas, transfers to UNO after playing the first half of last season with East Tennessee State. Bogard averaged 4.5 points in 10 games last season for the Buccaneers including a career-high 22 points vs. Memphis where she was 4-6 from three-point range. Janairrika Bland, the 6’4’’ former Southern Miss recruit is one of the three junior college recruits to join the Mavericks this season. The post player from Edwardsville, Miss. missed her first season at Southern Miss after undergoing open heart surgery, and then sat out the 2011-12 season before transferring to MCC-Penn Valley in Kansas City, Mo. Bland finished third in the NJCAA Division II in scoring, and eighth in rebounding last season. Felicia Anderson, a 5’6’’ guard from East Palo Alto, Calif. joins the Mavericks this season transferring from Mission College in Santa Clara, Calif. where she is the school’s all-time leading scorer. Lanese Bough, a 5’10’’ guard from Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands, joins the Mavericks after spending the past two seasons at Panola College in Carthage, Texas. Bough was also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands National basketball and volleyball teams.
Five freshmen will join the Mavericks this season including a walk-on freshman in Felicia Coleman. Coleman, a 5’5’’ guard from Winter Park, Fla., played at Trinity Prep High School where she averaged 17.4 points a game as a senior and is the school’s career leader in assists. Sami Pawlak, a 6’0’’ forward from Geneva, Ill., adds another piece of the puzzle to the Mavs roster in 2013-14. Pawlak was named to the Chicago Sun-Times Top 50 before her senior season at Geneva High School.
Fellow Illinois native, Victoria Trowbridge joins the squad hailing from Naperville, Ill. Trowbridge, an athletic post defender, averaged 12.3 points and 11.1 rebounds a game, including 80 blocked shots all last season for Naperville Central High School. Madi Robson, 5’7’’ guard from Ankeny, Iowa, will enter her first season in Omaha after leading Ankeny High School to a class 5-A state runner-up finish a season ago. Robson also led Iowa’s largest class in assists with 167, and earned two defensive MVPs in her time at Ankeny High School.
Rounding out the incoming Maverick freshmen is 6’0’’ guard Mikaela Shaw from Deweese, Neb. Shaw helped Sandy Creek High School to two state championships, and was a Nebraska Prep Athlete of the Year last season. She averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds a game last season, as well as scoring 155 points in eight games in the Miss Basketball Showcase, fifth most in the tournament’s history.