University of Nebraska at Omaha senior guard Jamie Nash isn’t normally one to talk about her individual accomplishments.
But after she became the Mavs’ all-time assist leader with 475 in UNO’s 60-50 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne at Sapp Fieldhouse, she accepted the accolades but made sure to note that it happened because of her teammates’ ability to finish plays.
“This record is great. I worked four years for it,” Nash said. “But at the end of the day, the thing about the assists is it wasn’t my hours and hours in the gym putting up extra shots. It was my team’s.”
Nash finished with seven assists, and her four steals put her within eight of getting the Mavericks’ all-time record of 331. Her five points inched her within 17 of 1,000 for her career.
Paige Frauendorfer of Humphrey, Neb., scored 23 points to lead the Mavs, and Carolyn Blair-Mobley added nine points and 10 rebounds.
After leading 28-25 at halftime, the Mavericks threatened to deliver the knockout blow as they stormed out of the locker room with a 7-0 run to go up 35-25 with 18:27 remaining.
But UNO struggled offensively for the next eight minutes, and the Mastodons erased the Mavs’ advantage and eventually took a 44-40 lead with just more than 10 minutes left.
The Mavericks put together a 20-6 run from that point to finish the game and earn the win.
Nash said the key to closing out the game was slowing the pace and executing on both ends of the floor.
“We’ll put stops together, but we’ve got to score on the other end and make that happen, too,” she said. “Coach knows to slow it down, get us all under control and run a play and to make sure we capitalize on a stop we made on the other end.”
IPFW’s Amanda Hyde, the Summit League’s leading scorer at 20.1 points per game, scorched UNO for 15 in the first half, but the Mavericks held her to five in the second half.
Hyde committed her fourth foul with eight minutes left in the game and fouled out with 58.2 seconds remaining.
The win came at the midpoint of the Mavericks’ 28-game schedule and improved them to 11-3 overall and 3-1 in the Summit League.
UNO coach Chance Lindley said a midseason assessment is difficult because he didn’t know where the team might be at this point when the season began.
“I think defensively we’re doing well,” Lindley said. “I still think we need to value every possession. I’m really proud of our girls. I think we’ve done a lot right, but there’s still a lot to improve upon.”
The Mavs begin a four-game road trip at IUPUI on Thursday, followed by a visit to Western Illinois on Saturday.
UNO, which has just six home games left on its schedule, doesn’t return to Sapp Fieldhouse until Jan. 24.
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