Ericka House scored a career-high 26 points (21 in the first half) to spark UNO to its fourth straight win, 70-54 over Austin Peay Sunday afternoon at the Wichita State Winter Classic.
The Mavericks (7-5) opened on a 7-0 run in the first 2:16 and never trailed. With UNO ahead 12-10, House scored eight straight points, including a pair of three-pointers, to put the Mavs up 20-12. After two free throws by Madi Robson made it 22-14, House scored seven points in a row for a 29-19 advantage.
After the Lady Govs (3-9) cut it to 33-26, the Mavs closed out the half with on a 9-0 run over the last 1:20. Robson hit a three, then Mikaela Shaw took a pass from House in transition and finished an old-fashioned three-point play. With Austin Peay playing for the final shot, Lanese Bough stole the ball and found House open up court for a buzzer-beating trey for a 42-26 lead at the break.
After halftime, Felicia Anderson pushed the lead to 19 at 51-32 with a triple with 15:30 left in the game. The Lady Govs chipped the lead down to 12 with a 9-2 spurt, but UNO answered with a 7-0 run to make it 60-41, keyed by a three-point play by Taijhe Kelly. Omaha went up by as many as 22, 69-47, with 2:53 remaining.
House was named to the all-tournament team. Her 26 points came on 10-of-22 shooting and 6-of-14 from three-point range. Robson had 13 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Kelly posted her second straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. She also blocked six shots.
The Mavericks committed a record low four turnovers, just one in the first half.