The UNO women dropped their first road game of the season to South Dakota, 62-57 on Sunday afternoon.
A 21-6 run spanning both halves gave the Coyotes control. UNO led 20-18 with 7:01 remaining in the first half, but the Coyotes scored the next seven points and finished the half on a 16-6 run for a 34-26 halftime lead. The Coyotes scored the first five points out of the gate in the second half and took a 39-26 lead with 17:58 left, its largest of the game.
Down 40-29, the Mavs battled back. Paige Frauendorfer hit two free throws and Carolyn Blair-Mobley hit a three-pointer, a bucket in the paint and a free throw to cut it to 40-37 with 14:40 left. But the Mavs couldn't cut into the deficit on their next possessions and USD scored at the 12:59 mark to end a four-minute scoring drought and make it 42-37. The Coyotes scored again on their next possession to make it 44-37 and built the lead back up to nine points at 48-39 with 9:27 left.
Omaha would not quit though. Trailing 52-43, Casse Vaughn converted an old-fashioned three-point play and Ericka House drilled a three to cut it back to three at 52-49 with 7:13 left. The Coyotes used a 7-2 spurt to again extend the lead to 59-51 with 5:15 left.
UNO whittled the margin down to 60-55 and had possession with a minute left, but Vaughn's layup missed. Still down five with the ball again, Jamie Nash drove to the hoop and was fouled with :23.3 left. She hit both free throws to make it 60-57, but USD's Tempestt Wilson hit two free throws at the other end to push the lead back to five and the Mavericks failed to score on their last possession.
USD (6-8, 1-0 in Summit League) had four players in double figures, led by Lisa Loeffler's career-high 14 points off the bench.
Blair-Mobley led the Mavericks (9-3, 1-1 Summit League) with 17 points and had eight rebounds. Vaughn added 15 off the bench and Nash scored 12 points with four assists and three steals.