CHARLESTON, Ill. — The UNO women were done in by Eastern Illinois’ quick start Saturday afternoon as the Panthers won 65-52.

Eastern Illinois hit seven of its first nine shots from the field in bolting to a 20-7 lead with 2:49 left in the first quarter.

And while Eastern Illinois’ biggest lead of the day was 18 points, the Mavericks never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

Abby Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 4:25 left to cut the deficit to 58-49. That 3-pointer capped UNO’s 11-2 run to start the fourth quarter, but the Mavs couldn’t sustain momentum as after that basket they went 1 of 6 from the field and committed three turnovers.

UNO’s top three scorers Saturday came off the bench as Akili Felici hit three 3-pointers and led the Mavs with 11 points, Mariah Murdie added 10 points and nine rebounds, and Rayanna Carter had nine points and five assists.

UNO’s starters combined for 13 points and were 5 of 27 from the field.

UNO outrebounded the Panthers 37-34, but the Mavs hit just 8 of 17 free throws and once again were plagued by turnovers — they committed 20, which is right at their season average.

UNO (4-6) drops to 0-4 on the road this season. The Mavs return home to face Northern Iowa on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

UNO (4-6)..........................10 18 10 14—52

Eastern Illinois (5-3).........23 19 14     9—65

UNO: Filer 3-7 1-3 8, Killian 2-12 0-0 4, Pilakouta 0-1 1-2 1, Ogier 0-4 0-0 0, Ekdahl 0-3 0-0 0, Felici 4-7 0-0 11, Murdie 5-6 0-2 10, Carter 3-8 2-2 9, Johnston 1-2 2-4 4, Johnson 1-1 0-2 3, Wilson 0-2 2-2 2, Schmitt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-53 8-17 52.

EI: Washington 6-10 5-9 18, Pace 4-9 3-4 14, Steele 4-6 0-2 9, Wahl 2-7 0-0 5, Arthofer 2-3 0-0 4, Litwiller 3-5 2-2 9, Nehls 1-3 0-0 3, Schumann 1-2 0-0 3, Hughes 0-5 0-0 0, Stan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 10-17 65.

3-point goals: UNO 6-20 (Felici 3-5, Johnson 1-1, Carter 1-2, Filer 1-3, Ogier 0-1, Ekdahl 0-2, Killian 0-6); EI 9-17 (Pace 3-4, Nehls 1-1, Washington 1-1, Steele 1-2, Litwiller 1-2, Schumann 1-2, Wahl 1-3, Hughes 0-2). Rebounds: UNO 37 (Murdie 9); EI 34 (Washington, Pace 6). Assists: UNO 11 (Carter 5); EI 12 (Arthofer 3). Turnovers: UNO 20, EI 17. Total fouls: UNO 15, EU 16. A: 673.

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