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Omaha Women end season with loss to Western Illinois in Summit League Tournament | KRVN Radio

Omaha Women end season with loss to Western Illinois in Summit League Tournament

Omaha Women end season with loss to Western Illinois in Summit League Tournament

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Omaha women’s basketball team ended the 2017-18 season on Sunday afternoon, as the sixth-seeded Mavericks dropped a 97-57 decision to third-seeded Western Illinois in the Summit League Tournament Quarterfinals at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Leaders for Omaha
Junior Amber Vidal scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-22 shooting including three 3-pointers.  Junior Jess Walter added 11 points and three rebounds.  Junior Courtney Vaccher grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with six points and two assists.

Leaders for Western Illinois
Emily Clemens had a game-high 36 points on 12-of-13 shooting including a 9-of-10 performance at the free throw line.  Taylor Higginbotham added 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Sam Pryor pitched in 12 points.

Team Stats
Western Illinois shot .576 (38-of-66) from the floor compared to Omaha’s .367 (22-of-60).  The Mavericks held a 36-35 advantage on the boards.

Inside the First Half
UNO and WIU exchanged baskets to open the game with the Mavericks holding a 6-5 lead on a 3-pointer from Walter.  Western Illinois used a 10-3 spurt to open up a six-point lead with 5:28 left in the period.  A trey from Claire Killian followed by an Alicia Mountain jumper brought UNO within 18-16 with under four minutes left in the opening quarter.  A quick 6-0 WIU run put the Fighting Leathernecks ahead by seven but a Walter 3-pointer with 11 seconds on the clock cut the deficit to 24-20 after the first ten minutes.

Western Illinois held Omaha without a basket for the first 4:37 of the second quarter and built its lead to 36-20.  Another WIU spurt pushed the lead to 28 with under three minutes left in the first half.  The Fighting Leathernecks led 56-26 at the half.

Inside the Second Half
Western Illinois shot .556 (10-of-18) compared to Omaha’s .353 (6-of-17) from the field in the third quarter.  The Fighting Leathernecks opened the second half with a 13-7 spurt and led 77-39 at the end of three quarters.

WIU surged in front 90-46 with 5:45 left in regulation.  Omaha fought back with a 3-pointer by Mountain and a jumper by Vidal.  A Sara Echelberry free throw made the final score 97-57.

Noting Tonight’s Game
–    Omaha finished the season at 12-16.
–    The Mavericks are now 2-3 all-time at the Summit League Tournament.
–    Amber Vidal scored in double figures for the 15th time this season and surpassed the 20 point mark for the ninth time.
–    Courtney Vaccher led Omaha in rebounding for the 18th time and reached double-digit rebounds for the sixth time.

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