The Omaha women's basketball team recorded a season-high 14 steals en route to a 66-48 win over North Dakota State on Thursday night at the Sapp Fieldhouse.
Ericka House led the way for the Mavericks (9-7, 1-1 Summit) with 23 points, five rebounds and a career-high five steals. Mikaela Shaw had her second double-double of the season - 14 points and 12 rebounds - and the Mavs picked up their first league win of the season. North Dakota State fell to 3-14 overall and 0-3 in league play. Holly Johnson led NDSU with 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Mavs didn't trail after the 11:53 mark of the first half. UNO fell down 13-10 with 14:00 left in the half but used an 11-2 run spanning 8:10 to take a 21-15 lead with 5:50 remaining. House had five points and Shaw had three in the spurt. Baskets by Lanese Bough and Madi Robson in the final minute of the half pushed the Mavs' lead from 27-22 to 31-22 at the break.
Omaha stormed to a 40-26 lead out of the gate in the second half with a 3-pointer by House at the 15:26 mark giving the Mavs the 14-point lead. But the Bison would not go away, reeling off an 11-0 run to get within 40-37 with 13:04 left. House answered the run with a 3-pointer from the top of the key off of a screen to push the Maverick lead back to six at 43-37 with 11:41 remaining. Bough grabbed a defensive board and went coast-to-coast for a bucket to make it 45-37. Then Pawlak converted a layup to put the Mavs up 47-37, re-establishing their double-digit lead with 8:29 left.
NDSU made one last push, getting within seven at 53-46 with 6:14 to go, but the Mavs ended the game on a 13-2 run to put away the Bison. The Mavericks went 14-of-17 from the free throw line with Shaw connecting on 6-of-8. The freshman matched her career high with 12 rebounds and posted double-figure scoring for the second straight game.
Six different Mavericks recorded at least one steal to help UNO top its previous season best of 12 steals. The Mavs shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63), but limited NDSU to just 29.2 percent (21-of-72) from the floor. The Bison were just 3-of-21 from 3-point range, while the Mavs hit 4-of-12, three of which came from House. UNO outrebounded NDSU 51-44.
The Mavericks are back at home on Saturday to host South Dakota State, the five-time defending Summit League champion, at 2 p.m. SDSU is off to a 3-0 start in league play.