Maverick shines in women’s basketball
February 26th, 2012
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska Omaha basketball team has ended its season, with a heartbreaker loss. Brandon McDermott takes a look back with a profile of one of the team’s star performers.
Junior guard Paige Frauendorfer made the trek to Omaha in 2009 from Humphrey, Nebraska: population 800. After arriving at UNO, Frauendorfer played in every contest her freshman year, averaging six points per game. Last year Frauendorfer averaged nine points a game while starting all 26 games for the Mavericks.
This year has been somewhat of a transition for UNO and for Frauendorfer. Not only is UNO in the midst of a move to Division I, but the Mavs also worked under a first-year head coach in Chance Lindley. Previous head coach Patty Patton Shearer retired for personal reasons. During a recent practice, Frauendorfer said the moves have made the team better.
“It hasn’t been too bad,” Frauendorfer said. “I mean it’s a lot different, like our style of play and everything. Transitioning to the new defense has been the biggest thing, but I think we’ve embraced it pretty well and we are making the changes that we need to change.”
Frauendorfer finished her junior year in style scoring a career-high 26 points in UNO’s second to last game against the University of New Orleans. Frauendorfer also averaged 13 points and nine re-bounds a game while tallying 10 double-doubles on the season. Frauendorfer contributed her success to team chemistry.
“I think we all get along really well,” she said. “And we feed off each other so when one person is fired up then everyone else is too.”
Though the year didn’t end on a high note – the Mavericks finished the year with a heartbreaker against D-I Louisiana Lafayette in OT, 62-60 – UNO did finish 15-12 overall.
And UNO can grow from this year’s trials with added training and focus in the off season, Frauendorfer said.
“It’s been good… We have a little more competition in the division one teams and it’s good to know where we are at,” she said, “and how we need to improve to be at that level next year.”
Coach Lindley lauded Frauendorfer’s presence on the team. In a recent interview with KVNO News, Lindley called her an all-conference player, judging from how she competed against Summit league talent in South Dakota, Western Illinois and UMKC. Lindley said Frauendorfer is a quiet leader, but one that gets the job done.
“Extremely positive,” Lindley said. “She is one of those kids who lead by example. (I’m) very proud of her, and she has gotten better every month.”
“What we like about Paige is we know what we are going to get from her,” he added.
Lindley said Frauendorfer has met expectations the coaches set for her at the beginning of the year. But he knows she has more to give.
“She is playing very well, but I don’t think she is done,” he said. “I think there are some things to work on. I think her senior year should be, hopefully, even better then what she is doing now for us.”
Frauendorfer said she would like to get better at creating a spark for the team offensively, being the person who takes the shot when needed and defensively stopping scoring more on her side of the court. But she knows what it will take going into the offseason.
“Putting in a lot of work,” she said. But she said she knows the coaches will be there to get her and the team ready.
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