Sometime, probably early next week, University of Nebraska at Omaha women’s basketball coach Chance Lindley is going to start going through withdrawal.
The Mavericks’ regular season ends with Saturday’s 2 p.m. Senior Day home game with Missouri-Kansas City at Sapp Fieldhouse, and UNO will say goodbye to four-year regulars Paige Frauendorfer and Jamie Nash and two other starters in Carolyn Blair-Mobley and Carly Cator.
Nash averages 38.3 minutes per game, Frauendorfer 38.0 and Blair-Mobley 36.0, while Cator joined them in the starting lineup for every game this season and played, on average, a little less than half the game.
“It’s going to be extremely difficult to replace them,” Lindley said. “They’re all very special people, and three of them are basically 40-minutes-a-game players.
“We’re fully aware of how big a loss it will be, both individually and collectively.”
Frauendorfer, Nash and Blair-Mobley are all contenders for All-Summit League honors.
Frauendorfer is third in the league in scoring (14.8 points per game), second in rebounds (8.2), third in free-throw percentage (.812) and eighth in steals (1.7).
Nash, who leads the league in assists (6.7 per game) and steals (3.2), is 20th in scoring (9.3).
And Blair-Mobley is 16th in scoring (11.3), sixth in rebounds (7.0), and eighth in both made 3-pointers (1.4 per game) and free throw percentage (.767)
Frauendorfer, an athletic 6-foot wing from Humphrey, Neb., and the energetic 5-4 Nash of Verona, Mo., will leave a lasting impact on UNO’s all-time career charts.
Nash is the school’s leader in assists (552) and steals (358) and ranks 20th with 1,089 career points. She’s also 11th with 82 career 3s.
Frauendorfer is 15th with 1,157 career points, seventh with 681 rebounds and tied for ninth with 59 blocked shots.
Each has played all 107 games since arriving on campus, with Nash ranking fifth in school history with 101 starts and Frauendorfer tied for 10th with 83.
“They’ve been a very big part of this program and I was only blessed to coach them for two years,” Lindley said. “When a new coach came in with a new system and philosophy, they were thrown into the fire, but they bought into the system quickly and tried every day and every game to execute the gameplan or vision.
“They’ve given us a nice foundation to build upon.”
Blair-Mobley, a 5-10 wing from St. Paul, Minn., transferred in for her senior season after playing regularly at Oklahoma State.
“She made a huge impact for only having been here one year,” Lindley said. “It’s tough for anybody to walk in to a new environment, not knowing anybody on the team or the staff.
“But she was able to work herself in and become one of our leaders, and that’s tough to do. All the kids truly respect her as a person and enjoy playing with her.”
Cator, a 5-9 guard from Lakewood, Colo., played one season at Division II San Francisco State, and has spent the past four years with UNO. Cator, who missed last season with a knee injury, averages 2.1 points and 2.6 rebounds while providing hustle out of the Mavs’ matchup zone defense.
“Carly is also a huge benefit for us with her maturity when she’s on the floor,” Lindley said.
The four seniors have accounted for 61.5 percent of UNO’s scoring, 55.2 percent of its rebounds, 89.4 percent of its assists and 77.8 percent of its steals.
“We have a number of quality players coming back, and we’ve done a good job with some of our early signings, and we’re excited about them, too,” Lindley said. “You’re never able to replace exactly the players you lose, but you look for those qualities in the players you are recruiting and you try to build upon that.”
The seniors might have had a chance to play beyond Saturday, but a fourth straight loss that has dropped the Mavs to 16-11 appears to have dashed the chances of making the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
UNO is ineligible for the Summit League tournament as it is in the second of its four-year transition to Division I.
The Mavs, though, have surprised many by being tied for fifth place, heading into the regular-season finale at 6-9. UNO was picked to finish last in the nine-team league.
“This team has come very far when you look back and compare us to where we were a year ago,” Lindley said.
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