Carolyn Blair-Mobley scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the UNO women’s basketball team raced to a 73-39 win over Texas-Arlington on Friday night in front of 314 at Sapp Fieldhouse.
Ericka House matched her career high with 17 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks (5-1), who built a 38-9 lead toward the end of the first half. UT-Arlington dropped to 1-5 on the season.
After trailing 5-4 at the 17:33 mark, UNO went on a 34-4 run over the next 15:52 to enjoy a 29-point lead. The Mavericks shot 48 percent (14 of 29) from the floor in the first half and drained 5 of 12 shots from 3-point range to take a 38-14 lead at the half. UT-Arlington, which had scored 77 and 76 points in its previous two games, shot 18.2 percent (6 of 33) in the opening half.
Blair-Mobley scored 15 of her points in the first half on perfect shooting. She hit all four of her shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and went 4 of 4 from the free throw line.
UNO scored the first five points of the second half and led 70-33 with 4:24 remaining. UT Arlington never got closer than 26 in the second half.
The Mavs’ 34-point margin of victory was the largest against a Division I foe since their transition from Division II.
In addition to Blair-Mobley and House, Paige Frauendorfer reached double figures with 11 points and added seven rebounds, and Jamie Nash contributed 10 points. UNO finished 9 of 21 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range.
The Mavericks’ strong defensive performance is their second in a row. They have held two straight opponents to fewer than 40 points for the first time since the 1975-76 season, when they allowed 38 and 34 in consecutive games.
For the game, UNO limited UT Arlington to 23 percent shooting from the field (14 of 61), also a season-best defensive effort. The Mavs, who entered the game as the top shooting team in the Summit League, turned in a 44.6-percent effort from the floor.
The Mavericks return to the Sapp Fieldhouse on Tuesday to host Tulsa at 7 p.m.