UNO sent out its four seniors in fine fashion Saturday, bolting to a 10-0 lead and never looking back in a 68-41 win against Missouri-Kansas City at Sapp Fieldhouse.
Paige Frauendorfer scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Jamie Nash had 17 points and tied her career high with 12 assists, Carolyn Blair-Mobley had 13 points and Carly Cator contributed two points and three rebounds in what is expected to be their final game in a Maverick uniform, barring an unexpected chance to play in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
UNO finished the season 17-11 overall and 7-9 in their first year in the Summit League. The 17 wins match the most since 2005-06 for the Mavs.
As a second-year Division I program, UNO is not eligible to compete in the Summit tournament this season, but finished fifth in the nine-team league. UMKC finished the regular season 9-20 and 5-11 in conference play. The Kangaroos will be the seventh seed in next week’s tournament.
“I’m very proud of our seniors and our whole team for what they accomplished this season,” Mav coach Chance Lindley said. “Obviously we’re not to the level we want to be as a program just yet, but we are moving toward it and have come a long way since last year. Our four seniors set a foundation for us that can only help us moving forward.”
Frauendorfer and Nash combined for the first seven points of the game, and Ericka House’s 3-pointer at 14:43 made it 10-0. UNO built the lead to 16-2 at the 12:11 mark and 28-12 with 1:05 left in the first half.
The Mavs led 31-17 at halftime, but Blair-Mobley opened the second half with a 3-pointer, and Frauendorfer, Cator and Nash followed with baskets for a 40-19 lead by the 17:40 mark. The seniors stole the show in the second half, producing 31 of UNO’s 37 points. They finished with 54 of the Mavs’ 68 points.
Frauendorfer filled the stat sheet. In addition to her points and rebounds, she adding five assists, four steals and one block. Nash added five rebounds and three steals to her fourth double-double of the season, and Blair-Mobley also had five rebounds. Sophomore Taijhe Kelly had eight rebounds and blocked five shots to finish the season with 74 blocks, the most by a UNO player since 1980-81.
The Mavs shot 45.2 percent (28 of 62) and were 17 of 31 (54.8 percent) after halftime. After going 0 for 8 from 3- point range Thursday, the Mavs responded with a 7-for-16 performance from long distance against UMKC.
Nash shot 3 for 3, and Blair-Mobley was 2 for 4 to lead the way.
On defense, UNO forced 17 turnovers and outscored the Kangaroos 22-10 in points off turnovers. The Mavs also held UMKC to 27.6 percent (16 of 58) from the floor for their best defensive effort in Summit League play.
“This year was a tremendous steppingstone for the future, and this senior class has been a huge reason why,” Lindley said. “They are a special group and they deserved to go out like they did.”