OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha women’s basketball team suffered a 62-50 loss in the home opener vs. South Dakota State on Friday afternoon at Baxter Arena.
The Mavericks move to 1-7 (0-3 Summit League) on the season while Jackrabbits improve to 10-2 (3-0 Summit League).
Leaders for Omaha
Elena Pilakouta led the Mavericks in scoring for the second consecutive game, totaling 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field while grabbing a season-high seven rebounds. Ella Ogier reached double-figures for the fifth time in the last six games with 12 points.
Josie Filer posted 10 points and shot 5-of-8 from the charity stripe while swiping a team-high three steals. Claire Killian chipped in eight points and Lauren Frost handed out a team-high three assists.
Leaders for South Dakota State
Myah Selland scored a game-high 20 points and collected a team-high seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Paiton Burckhard had 12 points while Tylee Irwin and Tori Nelson added nine and eight points, respectively.
Omaha shot 38.1% (16-of-42) to South Dakota State’s 41% (25-of-61). SDSU outrebounded the Mavericks 39-31 and went 9-of-16 from the free throw line.
The Mavericks led for 20:28 of the game and knocked down five treys while totaling 14 points off turnovers and 16 points in the paint.
Inside the First Quarter
Scoring efforts from Killian, Pilakouta and Ogier helped the Mavericks race out to a 9-2 lead. The Jackrabbits climbed back within four until back-to-back scores from Killian and Murdie and free throws by Filer extended the Maverick lead back to seven.
Omaha poured in 19 points and shot a blistering pace of 85.7 percent from the floor, including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. The Maverick defense forced SDSU into three turnovers and limited the Jackrabbits to 6-of-15 shooting.
Inside the Second Quarter
Defense had the upperhand as Omaha and SDSU combined to score 16 points in the quarter. The Jackrabbits began with a 6-2 to rally to get within one with 3:37 left, but the Mavericks fought back with a pair of layups from Killian and Pilakouta to preserve the lead. SDSU capped the half with a layup with four seconds left to trim the Maverick lead to one at the break.
Omaha led for the entire first half while shooting 40.9 percent from the field with Killian and Ogier leading the way with eight and seven points apiece. Selland led the Jackrabbits with 10 points, followed by Burckhard’s eight points.
Inside the Third Quarter
The Jackrabbits grabbed their first lead of the game on a trey with 8:19 left to make it 27-26. Ogier drilled a three-pointer to get Omaha within two with 6:10 left before SDSU reeled off five straight points. The teams traded points for the final five minutes as SDSU had a 48-41 lead after three quarters.
South Dakota State outscored the Mavericks 24-16 in the third with Selland, Nelson and Burckhard combining for 16 points. Filer and Pilakouta scored six points apiece while the Mavericks shot 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from three-point range.
Inside the Fourth Quarter
SDSU stretched the lead to 10 before scores from Pilakouta and Filer cut the deficit down to six with 5:36 left. Ogier’s jump shot with 1:09 brough the Mavericks to within two scores at 56-50, but the Mavericks couldn’t close the gap any more as the Jackrabbits held on for a 62-50 victory.
The Mavericks were limited to 27.3 percent shooting and were outscored 14-9. The Jackrabbits shot 45.5 percent from the floor and forced Omaha into four turnovers to hold off any Maverick rally.
The Mavericks and Jackrabbits wrap up the weekend doubleheader on Saturday at Baxter Arena with tipoff set for 3 p.m.