OREM, Utah – The UMKC women’s basketball team (8-17, 4-6 WAC) cut an eight-point second half lead down to one on a Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) layup with less than a minute remaining in the game, but was unable to complete the comeback at Utah Valley (10-14, 4-5 WAC), falling 68-65 at Lockhart Arena.
After cutting the deficit to one, the Roos forced a missed three by the Wolverines and Moore came away with the rebound, but Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) was unable to connect on a jumper with six second remaining. The Wolverines then gathered the rebound before making two free throws to seal the victory.
“We struggled to put four quarters together today,” Head Coach Jacie Hoyt said. “The second quarter was hard to recover from and our turnovers killed us. I expect a group of seniors to take better care of the ball. Even after all of our turnovers we were still in a great position to win the game with the last shot, but obviously it didn't go in.”
The Kangaroos jumped out to an early lead in the game on a pair of Kiana Law (Pittsburgh, Pa.) free throws and stretched the advantage to a first quarter-high at 10-4 on a Moore layup off one of India Johnson’s (Overland Park, Kan.) six assists.
UVU tied the score at 18-18 with 1:18 left on the first quarter clock when Daijane Dillard (Los Angeles, Calif.) found Washington for a three to give the Roos a 21-18 lead after one quarter of play.
UMKC opened quarter two with a Moore layup from Washington, pushing the advantage to a game-high five, but the Wolverines answered with a 19-7 run to take a 37-30 lead with 4:20 left in the half.
The Roos answered with the next six on a pair of Washington jumpers and a layup from Paige Husa (Fairbury, Neb.), cutting the lead to one, but the final five points of the half went the Wolverines way, giving them a 42-36 lead at the break.
Utah Valley opened the second half by building the lead to a game-high eight at 49-41 midway through the third quarter before a pair of threes from Washington and Sierra Bone (Flower Mound, Texas) and jumper by Washington brought the Roos to within three at 52-49 with one quarter to play.
Utah Valley extended the lead back to eight at 64-56 with just 2:26 left in regulation when the Roos began making their comeback.
Moore jumpstarted the rally with a pair of free throws and a layup off a Rilynne Like (Overland Park, Kan.) assist and, after a UVU basket, Like buried a three to make it 66-63 with 1:28 remaining.
The Roos forced a stop on the ensuing Wolverine possession when Moore notched her layup to make it 66-65 and, after another defensive stand, Washington came up empty on the Roos’ final possession as Utah Valley escaped with the win.
Moore led the Roos in the contest, notching a game and season-high 24 points, on 9-of-10 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, with six rebounds and two assists, while Washington finished with 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and a block.
“I’m very disappointed with the outcome of this weekend,” Hoyt said. “We will go back to the drawing board to see how we can be better moving forward.”
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next Saturday when they welcome in Chicago State to the Swinney Recreation Center for a 1 p.m. CT contest.
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