UNO Busts Broncs 73-61

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Maverick women opened Saturday's Wichita State Winter Classic with a 73-61 win over Texas-Pan American.

Ericka House had a game-high 21 points to go with five rebounds. Madi Robson had a career-high 14 points to go with six assists and four rebounds. Taijhe Kelly had her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She also blocked four shots.

The Mavericks (6-5) shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the floor and hit 8-of-21 (38.1 percent) from three-point range. House and Felicia Anderson each had three treys for the Mavericks, who out-rebounded the Broncs 41-33.

UTPA (6-5) hit 8-of-33 (24.2 percent) from three-point range, not far off its season average (27.5 percent). But the Mavs held the Broncs to just 26 points inside the arc, compared to 44 for the Mavs.

Trailing 5-3 in the opening minutes, the Mavericks went on an 8-0 run to take an 11-5 lead, which they would never relinquish. After UTPA answered with a bucket, Anderson hit back-to-back three-pointers for a 17-7 advantage. UNO built the lead to 26-12 on a House three-pointer with 7:01 left in the half. UTPA scored the next six points, but Mikaela Shaw put an end to that with a three at 3:28 for a 29-18 lead.

The Mavs led 30-22 at halftime.

UTPA cut the lead to 37-32, but Shaw finished on the baseline and Sami Pawlak converted an old-fashioned three-point play to build the lead back to 42-32. After the Broncs hit a free throw, House scored from the middle of the paint and Robson banked home a 12-footer for a 46-33 lead at the 13:05 mark.

The Mavs built the lead to 16 points, 60-44, after Kelly hit consecutive layups and Anderson knocked in a triple with 8:02 left. But UTPA reeled off a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to get back to within 60-51 at the 6:02 mark. Out of a timeout, Robson drove to her left and scored to push the lead back to 11. After a free throw by UTPA's Brittany Bush, House scored from the baseline to make it 64-52.

The Broncs made one last push when they got to within eight, 64-56 with 2:40 to go, but Robson hit a three and after a steal by Lanese Bough, Robson scored again with a mid-range jumper for a 69-56 lead with 1:31 remaining.

UNO closes play at the Wichita State Winter Classic Sunday at noon against Austin Peay.

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