INDIANAPOLIS — IUPUI finished the game on a 25-8 run, erasing a six-point UNO lead to defeat the Mavericks 60-49 Thursday night.
UNO fell to 11-4 overall and to 3-2 and fourth place in the Summit League. The Jaguars improved to 9-7 overall and took sole possession of second place in the conference at 3-1.
The Mavs got off to a slow start and trailed by as many as 12 midway through the first half, but they rallied and took a 41-35 lead with 14:57 left in the game. But UNO hit just four field goals the rest of the way and couldn’t score in the final 4:23.
Paige Frauendorfer led the Mavs with 11 points despite playing only 24 minutes because of foul trouble. Casse Vaughn added nine points and six rebounds. Ericka House had eight points, and Jamie Nash had seven points and seven assists.
Down 33-25 with 2:35 left in the first half, the Mavs went on a 16-2 run spanning both halves to take their 41-35 lead with 14:57 remaining.
UNO had cut the lead to three by halftime at 33-30, and out of the break Frauendorfer converted a three-point play with 18:32 left to tie the game. Vaughn scored down low to give the Mavs their first lead, 35-33, with 17:36 to play.
After IUPUI tied it at 35-35, Nash fed Taijhe Kelly for an easy two, then picked off a long pass and scored to make it 39-35 at the 16:17 mark. After a timeout, Kelly blocked her second shot of the half, and Nash found Frauendorfer at the other end for a layup and a 41-35 lead.
But, trailing 43-38, IUPUI reeled off an 8-0 run to reclaim a 46-43 lead with 11:54 remaining. Frauendorfer picked up her fourth foul and checked out with 9:56 to play and the Mavs down 46-45.
Down by five, UNO’s Carly Cator hit a long two-pointer to make it 52-49 with 4:23 left. But those would be the last points for the Mavs, as IUPUI gained separation at the free throw line down the stretch.
The Mavs shot only 35.2 percent (19 of 54) and hit 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) from 3-point range. The Jaguars shot 37 percent (20 of 54) from the field, but made 7 of 20 (35 percent) from behind the arc.
Despite turning the ball over often early on against the Jaguars’ pressing defense, the Mavs finished with just 15 turnovers, the fewest IUPUI has forced in 16 games this season. The Jaguars came in forcing 24.7 turnovers per game, and only three teams in the country had forced more total turnovers.
Katie Comello and Kerah Nelson each scored 13 points to lead IUPUI.