Summit League leader South Dakota State downed the UNO women 74-64 Saturday afternoon at Sapp Fieldhouse.
The Jackrabbits (15-6, 7-1 Summit) used a 22-7 run over the final 9:16 of the first half to gain control of what was a tie game at 17-17. The Mavericks (14-6, 4-4 Summit) were down by as many as 19 in the second half, but battled back to within nine with seven minutes left. The Jackrabbits held off the Mavs' comeback attempt to snap UNO's three-game win streak.
Carolyn Blair-Mobley had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the Mavericks. She was a perfect 10-of-10 at the free throw line to lead the Mavs, who went a season-best 21-of-22 from the stripe in the game and hit all 18 attempts in the second half. Jamie Nash had 17 points and Paige Frauendorfer added 16 points and six boards.
UNO trailed 17-12 with 11:19 to play in the first half, but Nash hit a three-pointer and Frauendorfer sank two free throws to tie the game with 9:36 left. Hannah Strop's three-pointer started a 12-2 run to give the Jackrabbits a 29-19 lead by the 5:59 mark.
The Mavericks crept back to within seven at 31-24 on a jumper by Frauendorfer with 3:09 left in the half, but an 8-0 run by the Jackrabbits in the final 2:10 of the half gave them a 39-24 halftime advantage.
The Mavs scored the first six points after halftime to cut the lead to 39-30 with 18:33 to play, but the Jackrabbits reeled off six in a row to reclaim a 15-point lead at 45-30. UNO cut it to 47-36 on two free throws by Allison Jackson with 15:58 remaining, but an 8-0 run by SDSU over the next 1:46 made it 55-36 with 14:12 left.
Omaha rallied with a 17-7 spurt over the next 7:09 to cut the deficit to 62-53. After two free throws by SDSU's Megan Waytashek, Blair-Mobley was fouled on a fast break and hit two free throws to make it 64-55. But SDSU pushed the lead back to 15 at 70-55 with 3:23 to play.
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