KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Roos return home to Swinney Rec. for three WAC contests, beginning with a Thursday night game hosting Seattle.
The Roos will be looking to right the ship against Seattle, after dropping their first two WAC games of the season. The Roos are coming off of a pair of road losses to New Mexico State and UT Rio Grande Valley.
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. Both games this week will be viewable on the WAC Digital Network.
About the Roos
UMKC (5-10, 0-2) is led in scoring by junior Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.), who is averaging 13.9 points per game, shooting 43.3 percent (78-for-180) from the field, including 38.1 percent (37-for-97) 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 play one game next week, a rematch with New Mexico State on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. The Roos fell at New Mexico State last week in their WAC opener.
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