Tulsa's Kadan Brady hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with six seconds left to break a tie game, and the Golden Hurricane went on to a 49-48 win over the UNO women's basketball team on Tuesday night at the Sapp Fieldhouse.
The Mavs (5-2) fought all the way back from an early 14-point deficit to take the lead for the first time with 5:39 remaining. With the game tied at 46-46 with 34 seconds left, Tulsa (2-5) moved the ball around the perimeter and Taleya Mayberry penetrated inside the arc and kicked it out to the left wing where Brady shot and hit nothing but net for a 49-46 lead with six seconds left. The Mavs quickly pushed the ball up court but didn't get a 3-point attempt away. Taijhe Kelly's short bucket at the buzzer proved inconsequential, and the Mavs lost for just the second time this year.
Paige Frauendorfer led UNO with 17 points and nine rebounds. Casse Vaughn added 10 points, all in the first five minutes after halftime, to spark the Mavericks back into the game. Kelly had eight points and fve boards. Jamie Nash had five points, eight assists and four steals.
The Mavs fell behind 18-4 early after starting 2-for-20 (10.0 percent) from the field. UNO trailed 24-13 at halftime, but Vaughn willed the Mavericks back into the game by scoring 10 points in the first 4:33 of the second half to cut the lead to 30-26 at the 15:27 mark. Vaughn opened the half with an old-fashioned three-point play and after buckets by each team and a free throw by Nash, Vaughn scored another three-point play and two more baskets for seven points in a span of 52 seconds to trim the Golden Hurricane lead to four.
Tulsa rebuilt the margin to 37-26 after scoring the next seven points, but the Mavs then went on an 11-0 run over the next 4:16, keyed by six points from Frauendorfer and a Cathleen Cox 3-pointer. Frauendorfer blocked a shot and finished a layup at the other end off of a fastbreak pass from Nash to tie the game at 37-37 with 9:30 to play.
The teams traded baskets before Frauendorfer scored a driving layup for the Mavs' first lead of the game, 41-39, with 5:39 to play. Mariah Turner scored at the other end on a turnaround shot in the paint to tie the game before Carolyn Blair-Mobley drilled a three from the top of the arc for a 44-41 lead, UNO's largest of the game. After Turner scored again on a turnaround in the paint to make it 44-43, Kelsee Grovey hit a free throw to tie the game with 3:36 left. Turner gave the Golden Hurricane the lead again, 46-44, on a layup with 2:10 left.
With 1:09 remaining, Frauendorfer drove to the hoop from the left wing and scored to tie the game at 46-46. Tulsa turned it over on its next trip down, but the Mavs did the same on their next possession, setting up Tulsa to hit the tiebreaking trey in the final seconds.
The Mavericks play the final game of their eight-game home stretch to open the season on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Loyola-Chicago.
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