UNO led throughout the second half to hold off Morgan State for a 70-64 win Sunday afternoon at Baxter Arena.

The Mavericks (2-3) led by 10 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter before the Bears (2-3) whittled the margin to one twice in the final four minutes.

Dezyree Morales’ short jumper cut the deficit to 63-62 with 1:22 to play. But on UNO’s next possession, Claire Killian hit two free throws before Mikaela Ekdahl went 4 of 4 at the line in the final minute to seal the win.

Killian led the Mavs with 21 points and seven rebounds, scoring 15 after halftime. She hit three of UNO’s six 3-pointers.

“She’s an experienced junior and she was shooting it with confidence,” coach Brittany Lange said. “She made timely shots.”

The Mavs trailed most of the first half, committing 13 turnovers in the first 12 minutes but had only six the rest of the way against a pressure defense. UNO scored the final nine points of the first half to grab a 26-22 lead. Rayanna Carter added 13 points and five assists off the bench.

Morgan State (2-3)....13     9    19    23—64

UNO (2-3)....................8   18    23    21—70

MS: Redd 6-11 1-3 13, Morales 4-5 4-4 12, Chavis 4-10 0-0 11, McCalla 2-9 2-3 6, Mitchell 6-17 8-9 20, Henson 0-4 0-0 0, Skripkina 0-3 0-0 0, Searcy 1-4 0-0 2, Donald 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-64 15-19 64.

UNO: Pilakouta 3-4 2-6 8, Murdie 1-2 1-2 3, Ogier 2-5 3-4 8, Killian 6-11 6-8 21, Ekdahl 2-4 4-4 9, Carter 5-15 3-5 13, Wilson 2-2 1-1 5, Johnston 1-2 0-0 3, Felici 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 20-30 70.

3-point goals: MS 3-14 (Chavis 3-4, Mitchell 0-1, Searcy 0-1, Henson 0-2, McCalla 0-3, Skripkina 0-3); UNO 6-13 (Killian 3-6, Johnston 1-1, Ogier 1-2, Ekhdahl 1-2, Murdie 0-1, Carter 0-1). Rebounds: MS 35 (Mitchell 12); UNO 34 (Pilakouta 10). Assists: MS 8 (McCalla 2); UNO 16 (Ekdahl, Carter 5). Turnovers: MS 13, UNO 19. Total fouls: MS 25, UNO 18. Fouled out: Morales, McCalla.

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