OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha women’s basketball program dropped a 71-39 decision to No. 21/18 South Dakota Wednesday evening inside Baxter Arena.
Mariah Murdie led the way with 20 points with six rebounds and a pair of threes made. Murdie’s performance marks her second 20-point effort this season and the third of her career. Rayanna Carter followed with six points. Josie Filer recorded two blocks and a team-best eight rebounds.
For South Dakota, Taylor Frederick led her team with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and five rebounds. She also went a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. Ciara Duffy followed with 14 points, while Hannah Sjerven notched 10 points and eight rebounds.
For the first time since 2014, South Dakota did not make a three, as the team went 0-16 from beyond the arc. South Dakota shot 27-for-63 from the field (42.9%) and 17-21 at the line (81%). Omaha shot 2-of-18 from three and 7-for-10 at the free throw line. From the field, Omaha shot 15-for-52 (28.8%). USD had 22 points off 25 Omaha turnovers. The Mavericks won the rebounding battle 38-37.
INSIDE THE FIRST HALF
Omaha got on the board first with a Murdie three, but the Coyotes quickly answered with a 6-0 spurt. The Coyotes held the Mavericks scoreless for the final 2:53 of the first quarter and led 17-11. The Mavericks were outscored 17-8 in the second frame. At the 5:25 mark in the second, a pair of USD free throws brought the Omaha deficit to 28-13 on an 11-2 run. At the half, South Dakota extended its lead to 34-19.
INSIDE THE SECOND HALF
The USD run continued into the third quarter when the team outscored Omaha 17-9 in the frame. Omaha’s deficit went to 20 (47-27) with 2:21 to go in the frame. After three quarters of play, USD led 51-28. The final quarter consisted of 20 South Dakota points to the Mavericks’ 11 for the 32-point loss.
Omaha takes on North Dakota State next Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m.