Know Your Enemy: Previewing SDSU’s Semifinal Against Omaha

After upsetting the three seed IUPUI 62-51 in the quarterfinal, the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks women are now set up to take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits for the third time this season. The winner will advance to Tuesday’s championship game. 

The game will take place at 2:30 on Monday at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and will be televised on Midco Sports Network and can be streamed on ESPN3. 

Now that the stakes are higher, it’s important to Know Your Enemy, to quote a semi-popular Green Day song. Did you know Green Day is getting into the coffee business? That’s besides the point. 

Here’s some important information about Omaha prior to Monday’s battle. 

* First team All-Summit League member Mikaela Shaw was instrumental in UNO’s win on Sunday and has been causing damage all season. 

Shaw entered tournament play averaging 18.3 points per game, the highest average in the Summit League this season. Including her 22-point outing against the Jaguars, Shaw as scored 20 or more points 12 times this season, the most such games in the conference. 

* Omaha’s youthful talent rivals SDSU’s. The Mavericks have just one senior on the roster (Bobbi Beckwith) compared to the Jacks’ two. 

Their usual starting lineup consists of two juniors (Abi Lujan and Shaw), the one senior, a sophomore (Remy Davenport) and one freshman (Carol Hogue). 

* SDSU has won each of the past 13 meetings with the Mavericks dating back to Feb. 16, 2002. This includes the two meetings between the Jacks and the Mavs in the regular season. SDSU topped UNO by a score of 68-58 at home and also took the road meeting by a score of 65-47. 

* The Jacks are undefeated in semifinal games, having appeared in six of a possible seven second round contests and have won five of those six by 15 points or more. The outlier was a three-point win against Fort Wayne in the 2011 tournament. 

* This is the first meeting between the two teams in the Summit League Tournament.