The UNO women held Oral Roberts to 17 second-half points to rally for a 60-54 Summit League win Saturday at Baxter Arena.

The Mavericks, who play their next three conference games on the road, improved to 1-1 in league play by knocking off a squad that was picked to finish fourth in the Summit’s preseason poll.

“This was a must-win against a like opponent,” UNO coach Brittany Lange said. Only three of the Summit’s nine teams have winning records.

Lange thought her team was more disciplined defensively as the game went on. Oral Roberts shot 52% in the first half but was 7 of 24 (29.2%) after halftime. The Mavs also forced 20 turnovers.

UNO flipped the game early in the second half.

Trailing 39-31 with 8:30 left in the third quarter, the Mavs went on a 16-0 run over the next five minutes. Junior Claire Killian hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put UNO in front, then she added a steal and layup to make it 44-39 at the 5:10 mark.

“Claire really spurred that (run) for us,” Lange said.

Said Killian: “I got on a streak, but anyone on the team is capable of that. We were in a good mindset.”

Oral Roberts tied it 47-47 in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but UNO regained the lead for good on a steal and breakaway layup by Rayanna Carter.

A 3-pointer by Keni Jo Lippe, the Summit’s leading scorer, cut ORU’s deficit to 55-54 with 2:14 left but the Mavs secured the win by hitting 3 of 4 free throws in the final 9.7 seconds.

Mariah Murdie led UNO (6-9, 1-1) with 13 points and eight rebounds while Carter and Josie Filer added 10 each.

Oral Roberts (5-10, 0-2)............15 22     8     9—54

At UNO (6-9, 1-1)......................15 14 18 13—60

OR: Holt 3-5 11- 7, Brotons 3-7 0-0 6, Kirkhart 2-4 0-0 4, Torrey 4-11 0-0 10, Lippe 5-13 6-8 18, Taylor 1-2 3-4 5, Schumacher 2-5 0-0 4, Garvie 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 10-13 54.

UNO: Filer 3-5 4-4 10, Murdie 5-11 2-2 13, Ogier 2-7 1-2 5, Killian 3-10 0-0 8, Ekdahl 2-9 0-0 5, Pilakouta 2-7 0-0 4, Carter 4-5 2-2 10, Felici 1-2 0-0 3, Johnston 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-57 9-10 60.

3-point goals: OR 4-16 (Lippe 2-6, Torrey 2-7, Kirkhart 0-1, Garvie 0-2), UNO 5-20 (Killian 2-7, Murdie 1-1, Felici 1-2, Ekdahl 1-4, Filer 0-2, Ogier 0-4). Rebounds: OR 33 (Schumacher 9), UNO 31 (Murdie 8). Assists: OR 7 (Brotons, Torrey 2), UNO 12 (Murdie, Ogier 3). Turnovers: OR 20, UNO 15. Total fouls: OR 14, UNO 15. Att.: 333.

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