KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC women’s basketball team will begin conference action this week as they travel to New Mexico State and UT Rio Grande Valley for a pair of night games.
The Roos will take on New Mexico State in the WAC opener on Thursday at 8 p.m. CT. UMKC will wrap-up their four-game road trip with a 7 p.m. CT tip-off at UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday.
Live video streams will be available for the UMKC games at UMKCKangaroos.com/LiveEvents and live radio will be available at the same link. Live stats for both games can be found at UMKCStats.com. The game against New Mexico State will be aired on the WAC Digital Network and is available here.
About the Roos
UMKC (5-8) is led in scoring by junior Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.), who is averaging 14.8 points per game, shooting 45.3 percent (72-for-159) from the field, including 42.9 percent (36-for-84) from behind the three-point arc. Junior Kiana Law (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is leading the team in boards, grabbing 6.8 per game.
Waldron led the way for UMKC at the Roo Holiday Classic totally 55 points over the two games, including 37 in the loss against Southern Illinois.
Redshirt junior India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) was the star of the show in UMKC’s road win over Abilene Christian on Dec. 3, scoring a game-high 19 points, including 14 in the second half and overtime. She shot 53.8 percent (7-for-13) from the floor, knocking down five three-pointers, including the game-winner in overtime with 1.7 seconds remaining.
In a big road win at Wichita State on Tuesday, Nov. 11, Law hit a shot in the lane with 1.2 seconds left in the game to give UMKC the 56-54 victory. Waldron scored a career-high 22 points in the game, knocking down 4-of-8 three points shots.
Waldron’s performance against the Shockers earned her the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week honor on Monday, Nov. 11.
In UMKC’s season opener against Tulsa, three Roos reached double figures. Law notched a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds), Moore scored 16, and Lyndsay Leikem (Tucson, Ariz.) contributed 13 points off the bench.
UMKC returns 11 letterwinners and four starters from last season, including 2016 Media All-WAC Preseason First-Team honoree Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo). She averaged 11.2 points per game a season ago, and with the return of Law and Waldron, the Roos return the bulk of their scoring load. Law averaged 10 points for the Roos in 2015-16, and Waldron put up 9.3 points per game and a team-high 12.3 in conference games.
The Roos will return home for a three-game homestand where they will face Seattle on Jan. 12, Utah Valley on Jan. 14 and New Mexico State on Jan. 21.
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