Published Wednesday, November 13, 2013 AT 7:38 PM / Updated at 7:38 PM
Women’s basketball: Graceland (Iowa) at UNO
Rob White Omaha World-Herald

When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Sapp Fieldhouse
Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

GRACELAND (2-2)
F Jerica Smith, 5-9, Sr., 14.0
F Gabrielle Lapinski, 5-11, Fr., 9.3
C Anttanisha Moton, 6-1, Sr., 5.3
G Ashleigh Wilson, 5-5, Sr., 11.5
G Jaynelle Johnson, 5-3, Sr., 9.8

UNO (0-2)
F Mikaela Shaw, 6-0, Fr., 7.5
C Taijhe Kelly, 6-4, Jr., 6.5
G Ericka House, 5-9, Sr., 10.5
G Brianna Bogard, 5-7, Jr., 18.0
G Madi Robson, 5-7, Fr., 2.5

Scouting Graceland: The Yellowjackets have beaten Bethany (Kan.) and Waldorf (Iowa) while losing to William Penn (Iowa) and Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.). They were picked to finish last in the 10-team NAIA Division II Heart of America Athletic Conference, just behind Peru State. … Graceland was 2-24 last year, including 0-18 in league play. … Starters Jerica Smith, Anttanisha Moton, Ashleigh Wilson and Jaynelle Johnson are all former juco transfers. … Smith averages a team-best 11.0 rebounds. Last year, she averaged 15.2 points and 8.5 rebounds. … Despite standing 5-5, Wilson averages 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks — she also averages 3.0 steals. … Sydney Vaughn, a 5-11 freshman, averages 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game off the bench. … Rebecca Easton, a 5-11 junior from Macedonia, Iowa, averages 3.8 points and 3.3 rebounds off the bench.

Scouting UNO: The Mavs led by four midway through the second half at Louisiana-Lafayette before losing 80-68. They trailed by two with 3:48 to play against Alcorn State, but couldn’t score on four consecutive possessions in 50-45 loss, finishing with 15 second-half points. … Taijhe Kelly is averaging 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots. The junior is fourth on UNO’s all-time blocked shots chart with 123. Laura J. Anderson (1984-88) is second with 129 and Tanya Hammes (1999-2003) is third with 124. … The Mavs are shooting 13.5 percent (5 of 37) from 3-point range, with preseason second-team All-Summit League pick Ericka House leading the way at 20 percent (3 of 15). … Freshman Mikaela Shaw is second to Kelly on the team with 8.0 rebounds per game. … Freshman Victoria Trowbridge is averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game off the bench. … UNO, winners of seven straight home openers, is playing Graceland for the first time. … Freshman guard Madi Robson is scheduled to start after Lanese Bough started the first two games.

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.