Women’s basketball ends eight-game home stretch with win
Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 17:12
Led by senior Paige Frauendorfer’s 18 points and 13 rebounds, the women’s basketball team improved to 6-2 on the season with a 65-58 win over the 3-5 Loyola Chicago Ramblers at the Sapp Field House Saturday afternoon.
After scoring only one point in the first half, UNO’s leading scorer and rebounder went to work with a different mindset in the second half.
“As for my shot (in the first half) I just had to not think about it as much,” Frauendorfer said. “I think I was over thinking some things and I just had to play” said Frauendorfer.
Frauendorfer definitely did that, shooting a red hot 7-of-9 from the field and scoring 17 of her 18 points in the second half. Jaime Nash also had a big night, playing all 40-minutes, adding 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Erika House and Casse Vaughn also chipped in with 10 and nine points respectively.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle, with UNO leading 28-24 at halftime. In the second half the Mavs looked to be in control when Nash and Frauendorfer hit back-to-back three-pointers giving UNO their largest lead of the game at 49-38 with 11:50 left in the game.
But the Ramblers would not go away and went on a 14-3 run that gave them a one point lead with 5:15 to play. The Mavs, who lost their last game by one point to Tulsa used that experience to their advantage.
UNO played well down the stretch, going on an 11-3 run in the final 2:56 to preserve the victory.
“We didn’t turn it over, we hit a couple big shots and that was the difference,” Head Coach Chance Lindley said. “Whereas the Tulsa game we didn’t do that, we had a few key turnovers and missed a few key shots and in a close game you have to come up with some of those things. I would tell you I think we won tonight in large part because of the Tulsa experience. I think we learned a lot from that.”
Frauendorfer also thought the tough Tulsa game paid dividends on Saturday.
“I think it shows a lot of character,” Frauendorfer said. “We hit big shots and we secured the ball, got some big rebounds by people, hit some key free throws at the end and that’s how we have to finish games if we want to win close games.”
Monica Albano led the way for Loyola Chicago with 21 points and six rebounds. Patrice King was also in double figures with 15 points and five rebounds, while Abby Skube added 12 points in a losing effort.
The UNO bench had a decisive edge on Saturday, outscoring the Rambler’s reserves 21-2. The Mavs will now take a lengthy break for finals before hitting the road to play Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-4) on Dec. 17.
The game at Pine Bluff will be UNO’s first game away from the Sapp Field House after eight straight on their home court. Coach Lindley sees both positives and negatives about having so much time between games.
“When it’s that much time off you kind of get the momentum going, you kind of like where you’re at,” Lindley said. “However our kids need to take care of their other studies as well and we’ve got a few bodies that are kind of banged up, so it gives us a chance to rest some bodies and hopefully throw in a few new things.”
Last season part of the transition of moving from Division II to Division I was getting out on the road, which often meant playing five of six games on the road. The benefit of starting this season with eight home games in a row has not been lost on Lindley.
“There’s nothing like being at home, just with your home crowd, being able to sleep in your own bed every night, I think we’ve been kind of spoiled,” Lindley said.
The next home game for the Mavs will be Dec. 21 at noon when they take on the College of Saint Mary.