KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team will play its final home games of the season at Swinney Recreation Center against CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. CT on Feb. 23 and Grand Canyon at 2 p.m. CT on Feb. 25.
Following the Roos’ game against Grand Canyon on Saturday, the team’s four seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments.
About the Roos
UMKC (7-17, 2-9) is led in scoring by junior Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.), who is averaging 12.0 points per game, shooting 39.5 percent (105-for-266) from the field, including 33.6 percent (46-for-137) from behind the three-point arc. Junior Kiana Law (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is leading the team in boards, grabbing 6.2 per game.
As a team, the Roos are currently second in the WAC in field goal percentage (41.1 percent), fourth in offensive rebounds (13.2 per game), fifth in assists (12.0 per game) and sixth in blocked shots (2.0 per game).
For the first time in nearly two months, the Roos were healthy and used its depth to deal Chicago State a 62-53 setback on Feb. 18 to open their final home stand of the season. Kristen Moore had a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. In her first game back from an injury, Ceidra Coleman tallied a team-high 14 points, going 7-for-10 from the field with three assists and one steal.
Redshirt junior India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) made her second game-winner of the season in the 66-63 win over Utah Valley. Her half-court heave banked in off the glass as time expired in the fourth quarter to give the Roos the victory on Jan. 14.
Moore recorded a career-high 22 points in the loss to Seattle on Jan. 12 and scored 19 in the win over Utah Valley. She was given WAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for her performance.
Waldron led the way for UMKC at the Roo Holiday Classic, totaling 55 points over the two games, including 37 in the loss against Southern Illinois on Dec. 19.
Johnson 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 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 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 Nov. 11.
In UMKC’s season opener against Tulsa on Nov. 11, three Roos reached double figures. Law notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Moore scored 16, and Lyndsay Leikem (Tucson, Ariz.) contributed 13 points off the bench.
UMKC will finish the regular season at Chicago State on March 4 in a 2 p.m. CT contest. The Roos took the first meeting against the Cougars, 62-53, at Municipal Auditorium on Feb. 18.
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