Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 AT 8:00 PM / Updated at 12:59 AM
Women’s basketball: UNO at Denver
Rob White Omaha World-Herald

When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Magness Arena

UNO (9-8, 1-2)
F Mikaela Shaw, 6-0, Fr., 9.8
F Lanese Bough, 5-10, Jr., 5.8
C Taijhe Kelly, 6-4, Jr., 7.8
G Ericka House, 5-9, Sr., 17.9
G Madi Robson, 5-7, Fr., 6.7

DENVER (3-15, 1-2)
F Alison Janecek, 6-1, Sr., 4.5
F Kailey Edwards, 5-9, So., 12.2
C Theresa Wirth, 6-0, Jr., 11.4
G M. Van Riper-Rose, 5-10, Jr., 10.5
G Paige Bradley, 5-9, So., 12.2

Scouting UNO: After opening Summit League play with three straight home games, the Mavericks hit the road in a three-way tie for fourth in the league at 1-2. … The meeting with Denver is the fourth ever between the schools, the first since both moved to Division I and the first since UNO’s 71-51 win in Omaha early in the 1995-96 season. The Mavs lead the all-time series 2-1. … The Mavs lead the Summit in field-goal percentage defense (.359), 3-point percentage defense (.268) and blocked shots (5.0 per game). Nationally they rank 36th, 20th, and 29th in those categories. … Taijhe Kelly, third in the Summit in rebounding (7.2 per game), leads the league and is tied for sixth nationally with an average of 3.4 blocked shots. … Ericka House, third in the Summit in scoring (17.9), leads the league and ranks 13th nationally with an average of 3.1 made 3s per game. She shoots 87.8 percent at the free-throw line. … Mikaela Shaw leads Summit freshmen in scoring (9.8) and rebounding (sixth overall at 6.5), while ranking third among freshmen in assists (2.4). … Lanese Bough ranks in the top 10 in the Summit in rebounding (ninth, 5.8 per game), assists (seventh, 3.4) and steals (sixth, 1.9). … UNO is ranked No. 327 in realtimerpi.com, while Denver is No. 285.

Scouting Denver: The preseason choice to finish fifth in the Summit League, Denver is just 3-15 overall but opened the conference portion of its schedule with a win over South Dakota, the preseason pick to place third. … Ten of the Pioneers’ 15 nonconference games were on the road. … Wins have come over Air Force (No. 343 RPI), Illinois State (227) and the Coyotes (176). UNO beat Air Force by 28 points; Denver beat Air Force by eight. … Among the Pioneers’ losses are six to teams ranked between Nos. 49 and 130 in RPI. … Preseason All-Summit selection Morgan Van Riper-Rose is just fourth on the team in scoring, but is fifth in the Summit with an average of 2.1 made 3s per game while shooting 41.9 percent (seventh in the league) from long range. … Alison Janecek, a senior from Millard West, averages 4.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. … In league games, Denver ranks first in field-goal percentage (.491), second in 3-point percentage (.370) and second in free-throw percentage (.817). … The Pioneers dropped both games in the difficult Indiana swing, losing 81-78 at Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne and 82-66 at IUPUI. … Denver is last in the Summit in scoring defense (327th nationally at 78.1 per game), scoring margin (minus-9.8 per game), field-goal defense (313th nationally at .439), steals (338th nationally at 4.7 per game) and turnover margin (minus-3.7).

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.