HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A late fourth quarter effort lifted the Omaha women’s basketball team over Mississippi Valley State, 78-70, Saturday afternoon at the Southern Miss Lady Eagle Classic.
LEADERS FOR OMAHA
Omaha (3-5) had four players score in double figures. Claire Killian led the team in scoring for the second-straight game with 15 points. Ella Ogier netted 14 points, a career-best seven assists and three blocks. Mikaela Edkahl had 13 points while Josie Filer notched 11 points.
LEADERS FOR MVSU
The Devilettes were led by Ayonna Cotten’s 22 points, while her fellow teammate Shelli Thigpin had 19. Diamond Wraggs had a team-high eight boards.
• Killian recorded her second-straight game as the scoring leader.
• Ogier notched career highs in points (14), assists (7) and blocks (3).
• Ekdahl matched her career-high for the second time with 13 points.
• In just her third game back, Filer had 11 points and five rebounds – both season highs.
• Omaha improves to 1-0 all-time against MVSU and 1-1 in the Lady Eagle Classic.
• The Mavericks shot 43.1% from the field, 36.8% from three and 72.7% from the free throw line.
• Omaha had 22 assists to 14 turnovers – both season bests.
INSIDE THE FIRST HALF
A back-and-forth first quarter had the Mavericks up 12-11 at the first media timeout. Despite a late buzzer-beating three by the Devilettes, Omaha led 22-17 at the end of the first. The Mavericks sparked a 6-0 run and led 38-36 at the 1:11 mark in the second after Killian knocked down a crucial three. Mississippi Valley State tied it late in the half, but Ekdahl nailed a three before halftime and put the Mavericks ahead 41-38.
INSIDE THE SECOND HALF
The Maverick lead extended to nine (48-39) after Killian hit a pair from the foul line and Ogier knocked down a three. An MVSU run cut Omaha’s lead at 51-45 with 4:13 to go in the quarter. After three quarters of play, Omaha held on by two, 55-53. An 11-2 run over the last 4:30 of the quarter put Omaha down 61-47. Omaha surged late in the game and eventually took back the lead on a Filer three (64-63). Two more threes by Ekdahl and Filer put Omaha ahead 75-68 and sealed the game. Over the final 10 minutes, Omaha outscored the Devilettes 23-17.
Omaha returns home for a Wednesday, Dec. 4, matchup against future Summit League foe Kansas City inside Baxter Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.