The UNO women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday afternoon as the Saint Louis Billikens took a 51-42 decision at Sapp Fieldhouse.
The Billikens (1-3) jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the opening nine minutes and never trailed. The Mavs (3-1) hit just 1-of-16 field goals (6.3 percent) to start the game, but whittled the lead down to three points in the second half.
Paige Frauendorfer and Jamie Nash each had 11 points to lead the Mavericks. Taijhe Kelly blocked a career-high five shots to go with six points off the bench. Lorreal Jones and Mallory Eggert each had 12 points to lead the Billikens.
Nebraska Omaha trailed by as many as 15 in the first half, but came back early in the second half. Trailing 31-19, UNO went on a 9-0 run to pull to within three points when Ericka House hit a three-pointer with 11:32 to play.
The Mavs held Saint Louis scoreless for a 4:55 span to get back in the game. After the Billikens pushed the lead to six, House nailed another trey to cut the lead to 34-31 with 7:47 remaining. But the Billikens scored the next six points to build a 40-31 lead with 5:20 to play.
The Mavs pulled to within five at 45-40 on a Kelly basket with 2:02 to go and UNO had three chances to make it a one possession game, but the Mavericks turned it over twice and missed a three-pointer. The Billikens were perfect on six free throws in the final :25 to ice the game.