Mavs shooting turns ice cold in second half
January 6th, 2014
Omaha, NE — The University of Nebraska at Omaha womenâ€™s basketball team was riding a five game winning streak heading into their match-up with the Milwaukee Panthers.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/milwaukee-.mp3]
The Mavericks were looking to continue their recent success, and they started off on the right foot Sunday at the Sapp Fieldhouse.
UNO mounted a 21-10 lead early in the first half and outshot the Panthers 50 percent to 33 percent in the gameâ€™s opening 20 minutes. But the Panthers simply would not go away; they came back to tie the game 30-30 at the half. This was in part because UNO committed 15 turnovers in the first half. UNO opened the second half with a couple of turnovers, and Milwaukee took a 39-32 lead with 14 minutes to play. At that point the Mavs had more turnovers than baskets.
The turnover barrage would continue in the second half for UNO. This would create a double digit deficit for the Mavs, a gap they wouldnâ€™t be able to close. UNO would eventually fall to the Panthers, 68-48. Milwaukee head coach Kyle Rechlicz said her team started off slow, but was able to get back into the game once momentum mounted against UNO.
â€œWe finally started locking in and getting stops,â€ Rechlicz said. â€œAt the beginning of the game they were so hot and then (we) forced them into some turnovers. I think thirteen steals is the most that weâ€™ve had all season.â€
Leading the way for Milwaukee (4-9 overall, 0-0 Horizon League) was forward Avyanna Young who was 7-for-16 from the field for 14 points. Young also added 11 rebounds and a steal. UNO was guided by junior guard Ericka House who had 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting.
Milwaukee outshot UNO in the second half, 48 percent to 28 percent.
Maverick Head Coach Brittany Lange said her team didnâ€™t give up even if the score may suggest otherwise.
â€œThey are learning to couple every possession, and doing it the right way,â€ Lange said. â€œIt appears that way, just given what the outcome was. But our concentration and ability to stay in front in the second half wore us thin.â€
Lange said there wasnâ€™t one thing in particular that doomed the Mavs against Milwaukee. She said there were numerous errors on UNOâ€˜s part Sunday. She said the team will pick themselves up and get back to work during practice Monday.
â€œMaybe the spacing wasnâ€™t correct and the timing wasnâ€™t good and sometimes they try to do too much and feel they have to try to create every shot for everybody,â€ Lange said. “Again, that is going to come with maturity and understanding that they have got to play within the system.â€
UNO (8-6 overall, 0-0 Summit League) heads into conference play Saturday against Western Illinois. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse.
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