As in many early-season exhibition games, there was a little bit of good and a little bit that needed cleaning up.
UNO used a 12-2 run to build a 12-point halftime lead and more or less cruised to a 56-37 victory over the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wednesday night before 179 at Sapp Fieldhouse.
“First game, still a lot of new faces … overall was I happy? Yes,” UNO coach Chance Lindley said. “Far from content, but definitely happy.”
UNO shot just 32.8 percent from the field, but controlled the boards (47-35) against a Loper team that had outrebounded a short-handed Nebraska squad by three in an exhibition game on Sunday.
UNO’s Paige Frauendorfer showed her all-around game with 15 points and 16 rebounds and Oklahoma State transfer Carolyn Blair-Mobley, playing the second level in UNO’s 1-1-3 matchup zone, had 13 rebounds in her Maverick debut.
Both are listed as guards — the 6-foot Frauendorfer plays on the wing — but play much bigger.
“It helps us guards that the posts are in there clearing people out and we have easy run-ins to get those rebounds,” Frauendorfer said.
Frauendorfer averaged 9.1 rebounds per game last year, while the 5-10 Blair-Mobley often started during her two seasons playing for a quality Oklahoma State program.
“We did a great job boxing out in Lincoln and outrebounded a team,” UNK coach Kevin Chaney said. “We come here and get outrebounded — and there was a time Chance had four guards and a post out there and they were still outrebounding us.
“We need to be more consistent in that area.”
Ivy Jones hit four 3-pointers in scoring 14 points to lead the Lopers.
“That’s part of her game,” Chaney said. “She has the green light to open up her offense when she has those open looks. She created well, hit some open shots and played with confidence.”
UNO got some 3-point shooting of its own from junior college transfer Ericka House, who made her first attempt shortly after entering the game and finished 3 of 8 from long distance while scoring 11 points.
After UNK pulled within 16-14 on a basket by Sarah Hix with 7:36 left in the half, the Mavs started their 12-2 run that House capped with another 3 to make it 28-16 at the break.
Short-range shooting was a problem.
“We left a lot of easy shots off the board,” Lindley said. “The good thing is, at least we’re getting the shots from within our offense. But it was probably 20 points we missed between the layups, 2-footers and 3-footers — and we have to have those.”
Shelby Zimmerman had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lopers, who shot just 24.1 percent from the field. UNK also played without forward Nadia Williams, who had started against Nebraska. Williams is out with a knee injury and her prognosis is unknown.
Chaney said his team made some improvement from its exhibition debut.
“I never like to critique right after a game, because after I watch film I think we usually played better than what I thought,” he said.
Similar thoughts came from UNO.
“I thought we did pretty well for a first game,” Frauendorfer said. “They gave us a good fight. We have pretty good chemistry, and that helped us out whenever we got in a slump or had some bad turnovers.”
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