OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha women’s basketball team fell 64-52 to CSUN Friday at Baxter Arena.
With the loss, the Mavericks dropped to 1-2, while the Matadors improved 1-2.
Leaders for Omaha
Sophomore Claire Killian finished with a team-high 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Killian added three rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Freshman Josie Filer scored 11 points, grabbed five boards, blocked two shots and had two steals. Freshman Sophie Johnson chipped in 11 points, four boards and three assists.
Leaders for CSUN
Serafina Maulupe scored a game-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Hayley Tanabe had 14 points and four assists. Channon Fluker chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
CSUN shot .446 (25-of-56) from the floor, while Omaha shot .300 (18-of-60). The Matadors hit .563 (9-of-16) from beyond the arc, while the Mavericks shot .276 (8-of-29). CSUN held a slight 36-34 advantage on the boards, but UNO led in offensive rebounds 14-10.
Inside the First Half
CSUN jumped out to an 11-4 lead midway through the first quarter. Filer scored six points in the final 90 seconds of the quarter as Omaha cut the lead to a point, 13-12.
The Mavericks took a brief lead to open the second quarter on a freshman Mariah Murdie jumper. The Matadors responded with an 11-0 run to take a 24-14 lead with 6:54 left in the half. Killian sparked an 8-0 run by UNO with two 3-pointers to make it 24-22. CSUN ended the period on a 7-1 spurt to take a 31-23 lead at the break.
Inside the Second Half
Freshman Sophie Johnston opened the second half with a pair of trey’s as Omaha cut the lead to five points. Tanabe’s 3-pointer with 1:37 left in the quarter gave CSUN its largest lead of the game, 45-32. The two teams exchanged buckets in the final minute as the Matadors led 47-34 at the end of three quarters.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Killian and senior Kalen Phillips made it an eight-point game near the midway point in the quarter. A Johnston layup with 3:09 remaining cut the Matadors’ lead to 58-52. CSUN scored the final five points of the quarter to seal the victory, 64-52.
Omaha returns to the court next Friday, Nov. 23, against Campbell in the Florida International Tournament in Miami, Fla. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.