February 18th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Last Friday, a reported record crowd of over 15,000 watched as UNO took the ice against seventh-ranked Wisconsin. To the delight of the packed Qwest Center Arena, the Mavericks defeated the Badgers, 4-1. UNO completed the sweep on Saturday, winning 4-3. Following the series, goaltender John Faulkner, the nation’s leader in shutouts, was named defensive player of the week by the WCHA. Freshman Johnnie Searfoss was honored as conference rookie of the week. Tonight and tomorrow, the Mavericks face Alaska-Anchorage in Anchorage. Both games will be broadcast on Classical 90.7 KVNO at 10:07 pm central.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams seem to be headed in opposite directions. Last Saturday the Maverick men defeated Truman State, and bested Central Missouri on Wednesday. Against the same schools, the women were unable to find a win. For the men, the two victories extend their winning streak to six games, while the two setbacks for the women make six straight in the loss column. Both are in action tomorrow against Southwest Baptist with the women’s tip off at 1 pm, 3 pm for the men.
The Maverick wrestlers won all three contests this week at the MIAA Duals to take the tournament for the third straight year. None of the contests were in jeopardy, as UNO won going away in each, including a 43-4 domination of #19 Fort Hays State. On Thursday, the grapplers further proved why they are the team to beat in division two. Despite the “white out” perpetrated by fans of second-ranked Augustana, UNO again won in decisive fashion 22-9. They now take a break to prepare for the Midwest Regional Championships in Findlay, Ohio on February 25th and 26th.
And, yes it’s already spring. Maybe not in terms of the calendar date, but the women’s softball team has kicked off the spring sports season. They traveled to Colorado Springs last weekend to play four games against Colorado at Colorado Springs. In defense of their #9 ranking, the women won all four, scoring a total of 30 runs. The 4-0 start prompted a rise to #8. This morning, the Mavericks opened play in the Southeastern Oklahoma tournament with a 5-1 loss against third-ranked Angelo State. They will stay in Durant, Oklahoma and play five more games before Monday.
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