After entering the season having never beaten a Division I opponent at Sapp Fieldhouse, the University of Nebraska at Omaha women's basketball program notched its second win in less than a week as the Mavericks rolled past Louisiana-Lafayette 79-67 Friday in front of 647.
UNO nabbed its first win against a Division I foe at Sapp on Monday in its season opener — 58-44 against North Carolina A&T.
On Friday, four players scored in double-figure for the Mavs, led by Paige Frauendorfer's 18 points and 17 by Ericka House off the bench to help UNO improve to 2-0.
The Mavs jumped all over ULL from the outset, outscoring the Ragin' Cajuns 17-4 in the first 4:33 by hitting 7 of their first 10 shots, including two 3-pointers by House.
UNO coach Chance Lindley said that fast start was key, but he was concerned with the number of points his defense allowed.
“I think we got off to a good start and hit a lot of shots early,” Lindley said. “We did a good job scoring the whole game. But our concern defensively, we weren't pleased. We just gave up too many points.”
The Mavs caught a break when Ashley Benjamin — who entered the game as ULL's leading scorer with 15.5 points per game on 76.5 percent shooting — drew her second foul three minutes into the game and was forced to the bench.
“It definitely helps when something like that takes place,” Lindley said. “But today we were more concerned about our stops, our scores and doing the things to get us to be successful.”
Trailing 20-8, Louisiana-Lafayette used a 12-4 run to trim the Mavs' lead to 24-20 with 9:53 remaining in the first half.
UNO called a timeout, and then answered in the next 3:02 with a 10-2 run to restore its advantage to 34-22.
A 3-pointer by Jamie Nash with one second left sent the Mavericks to the locker room with their biggest lead of the half at 47-30.
UNO scorched the nets in the first half, shooting 63.3 percent (19 of 30) from the floor and hitting 6 of 11 (54.5 percent) from 3-point range.
Frauendorfer led the Mavs with 18 points in the half, making 8 of 11 shots.
Those points in the first half would be all for Frauendorfer, but she said that was due to her teammates' contributions offensively in the second half.
“We were all really unselfish, and in the second half we had a lot of different people step up and hit big shots,” Frauendorfer said. “I didn't need to shoot as much.”
The Mavs led by as many as 24 in the second half before ULL's full-court pressure created some turnovers that the Ragin' Cajuns converted into points.
UNO continues its eight-game homestand Sunday, hosting Northern Arizona at 1 p.m. followed by Saint Louis on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
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