KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (4-11) is set to begin Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play on the road at UT-Rio Grande Valley (10-5) on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. CT.
UMKC Roos vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros
Date: Saturday, January 6
Tipoff: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Edinburg, Texas (UTRGV Fieldhouse)
Series: Tied 5-5
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The Roos enter the matchup coming off a 90-10 demolition of Central Christian in the final nonconference contest of the season. The explosive scoring marked the third time the team has scored 90 or more points in a game on the year.
UMKC should take the court with a solid amount of confidence after playing some very good basketball of late. Prior to defeating Central Christian, the Roos knocked off a solid mid-major program in Stetson before erasing a double-digit halftime deficit and taking FAU down to the wire in the FAU Holiday Classic.
Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) has been a consistent threat on both ends of the floor for the Roos throughout the season. She leads the team in scoring at 17.6 points per game, ranking fourth in the WAC, on an efficient 44.9% field goal shooting that also sits among the conference top-10. The senior guard is also has done great work on the boards as the team’s second leading rebounder at six per game, good for tenth in the WAC.
On the topic of two-way players, Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) has made tremendous contributions in both scoring and rebounding as the Roos’ primary post threat. Moore, a redshirt junior forward, is averaging 13.9 points per game and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game, both ranking top-10 in the conference.
Recent success offensively for the Roos has largely come from a more confidently shooting bunch. As a team, they have raised their field goal percentage to 41.3%, which ranks second in the WAC. UMKC’s 67.1 points per game is also near the top of the conference leaders, trailing only Seattle U and New Mexico State.
Scouting the Vaqueros
The game against UMKC will serve as the WAC opener for UT-Rio Grande Valley as well as for the Roos. The Vaqueros most recently played in their own UTRGV Holiday Classic, picking up a win over Canisius before falling to the Trojans of USC.
Defense has been a strong suit for the team as they head into the game as the number two scoring defense in the WAC, allowing just 61.9 points per game with opponents shooting at a 39.2% clip from the field.
The Vaqueros have been exceptional on the boards thus far in the season, ranking first in the WAC in rebounding defense (37.7 per game) and rebounding margin (+1.3 per game), while their 39 rebounds per game as a team sits second in the conference. Making these figures even more impressive is the caveat that only one player on the roster is listed at 6-1 or taller.
Junior guard Quynne Huggins has been the primary offensive weapon for the Vaqueros, currently the only player averaging in double-figures scoring on the team. Huggins is averaging 11 points per game but has not been overly accurate shooting the rock at 37% from the field and 32% from three-point distance.
UMKC will return to Swinney Recreation Center to host a pair of WAC opponents. The Roos will take on Utah Valley on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. CT before matching up with Seattle U on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. CT. Both contests will be broadcast free of charge on the WAC Digital Network.
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