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UNO Women fall at Eastern Illinois | KTIC Radio

UNO Women fall at Eastern Illinois

UNO Women fall at Eastern Illinois

CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Omaha women’s basketball program fell 65-52 on the road at Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon.

The Mavericks (4-6) were led by the double-digit scoring efforts of Akili Felici (11 points) and Mariah Murdie (10 points) in the loss to the Panthers (5-3).

Felici tallied her first-career game as the team’s scoring leader with a career-high of 11 points. Murdie’s 10 points marked her second double-digit scoring performance on the season. Murdie also narrowly missed out on a double-double with a team-best nine rebounds. Rayanna Carter recorded nine points, five assists and two steals while Josie Filer followed with eight points and seven boards.

Lariah Washington recorded a game-high 18 points, followed by Karle Pace with 14. Both players also had a team-high of six rebounds.

Eastern Illinois opened the game on a 10-3 run and eventually built a 23-10 lead after the first quarter that was capped off by a three. The Mavericks saw the double-digit deficit increase to as many as 17 (40-23) with just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter. At the half, Omaha trailed 42-28.

Omaha was outscored 14-10 in the third quarter, but was able to cut the score to 11 points (44-33) at the 6:28 mark. Eastern Illinois, however, responded and built a 56-38 lead after three quarters of play. Omaha made a late run in the fourth and outscored the Panthers 14-9. The Mavericks cut it to nine on two different occasions with 4:25 and 3:04 to go on a pair of threes by Abby Johnson and Felici. Despite the late run, Omaha was unable to close the gap and fell by 13 points to the Panthers.

•    Akili Felici recorded a career-high 11 points on a trio of 3-pointers made.
•    Mariah Murdie almost tallied her third-career double-double.
•    Claire Killian’s streak of multiple threes in a game ends at seven-straight games.
•    Omaha falls to 3-2 all-time against the Panthers and 0-2 in Charleston.
•    The Mavericks fall to 0-4 on the road this season.

Omaha returns home for its first of five-straight home games inside Baxter Arena. The Mavericks welcome Northern Iowa for a Tuesday, Dec. 10, matchup slated for 7 p.m.

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