Published Wednesday, February 6, 2013 AT 10:00 PM / Updated at 1:40 AM
Women’s basketball: Western Illinois at UNO
Rob White Omaha World-Herald

When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Sapp Fieldhouse

WESTERN ILLINOIS (10-12, 3-6)
F Ashley Luke, 6-1, Fr., 8.9
F Michele Salvatori, 5-10, Sr., 6.0
G Michelle Maher, 5-9, Fr., 9.7
G Saule Kontautaite, 5-9, Sr., 12.8
G Rebecca Henricson, 5-6, Jr., 4.4

UNO (15-7, 5-5)
F Carolyn Blair-Mobley, 5-10, Sr., 12.0
F Paige Frauendorfer, 6-0, Sr., 13.8
C Taijhe Kelly, 6-4, So., 4.9
G Carly Cator, 5-9, Sr., 2.4
G Jamie Nash, 5-4, Sr., 10.4

Scouting Western Illinois: The Leathernecks have lost four straight games, including three Summit League home games, though the losses have been by a total 12 points and none by more than six. WIU is 1-5 since beating UNO 71-44 on Jan. 12. … Only the College of St. Mary (a 92-78 UNO win) and South Dakota State (a 74-64 loss) have scored more points in regulation against UNO … One of WIU’s recent losses was Jan. 29 at Chicago State, 12 days after UNO had earned a 62-47 road win against the same team. … WIU is ranked 15th nationally with an average of 7.8 made 3-pointers per game. WIU was 11 for 19 (57.9 percent) from long range against UNO, including 8 of 14 while building a 37-22 halftime lead.

Scouting UNO: Mavs are in fourth place in the Summit League, one game behind third-place South Dakota and 1½ games behind second-place IUPUI (6-3), which comes to Omaha for a Saturday afternoon game. … UNO is 3-1 at home in Summit League games. … UNO needs one win to post its highest win total since 2007-08. … Taijhe Kelly is averaging 9.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over her last two games to improve her overall averages to 4.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. … Thursday is “Pink Night,” with fans encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer research and education.  … At games Thursday and Saturday, fans are invited to bring canned food items to donate as part of the Summit League’s “Food Fight” contest. Each Summit school is competing to collect the most canned food.

About Rob White

Rob White is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers UNO and the Omaha Storm Chasers. You can follow Rob on Twitter (@RWhiteOWH) or email him at rob.white@owh.com.