MACOMB, Ill. – The Omaha women’s basketball team dropped a Summit League matchup to Western Illinois on Wednesday night, falling 103-68 at Western Hall.
Leaders for Omaha
Freshman Emily Petersen led Omaha with a career-best scoring performance, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting with five 3-pointers alongside three rebounds. Juniors Alicia Mountain and Courtney Vacchereach had eight points and eight rebounds. Mountain also added a team-high four assists.
Leaders for Western Illinois
Morgan Blumer led the Fighting Leathernecks with 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting including four 3-pointers. Emily Clemens added 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Taylor Higginbotham chipped in 17 points and nine boards.
Western Illinois shot .479 (35-of-73) for the night, including .391 (9-of-23) from long range. Omaha was limited to .354 (23-of-65) shooting, including .333 (10-of-30) behind the arc. WIU also shot .750 (34-of-32) at the line while UNO sank .667 (12-of-18) from the charity stripe. The Fighting Leathernecks forced 20 Maverick turnovers, scoring 29 points off miscues.
Inside the First Half
Western Illinois opened to a 25-2 lead on 8-of-10 shooting in the first six and a half minutes, but a Petersen trey stopped the run. A three-pointer by Blumer and a jumper by Higginbotham closed the quarter and WIU led 30-5 after the opening 10 minutes.
The Fighting Leathernecks continued their run to start the second quarter, scoring the first eight points. The Mavericks responded with a 9-0 run led by a pair of Petersen three’s. Western Illinois held a 46-21 advantage at the half.
Inside the Second Half
Omaha opened the second half with a 10-4 run sparked by a Jess Walter three-pointer and a Kalen Phillips three-point play. A Vaccher layup cut the lead to 50-31 forcing Western Illinois to call a timeout. The Fighting Leathernecks responded with a 12-2 run after the break. WIU continued its scoring barrage and led 81-44 after three quarters.
UNO used a 9-2 outburst to start the fourth quarter. WIU held Omaha without a field goal over the next 2:12 and built a 7-1 run, followed shortly by another 8-0 spurt to surge further ahead. Western Illinois finished at a .556 (20-of-36) clip in the second half, while Omaha connected on .469 (15-of-32).
Noting Tonight’s Game
- Omaha is now 10-12 (1-8 Summit League) on the season, while Western Illinois improved to 18-7 (8-3).
- Emily Petersen eclipsed her previous career-best of 12 points set Nov. 19, 2017.
- Western Illinois improved to 10-2 at home this season.
- Tonight’s starting five of Mountain, Phillips, Vaccher, Vidal and Walter marks Omaha’s fifth different lineup of the year.
Omaha returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 10, welcoming Fort Wayne to Baxter Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.