KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team will open up its 2018-19 season on Nov. 2 when it welcomes in Southwest Baptist to Swinney on Friday at 6 p.m. CT.
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About the Roos
In a year where the Roos return one starter from last season’s 11-19 squad, UMKC welcomes in 10 newcomers for a new era of Roos women’s basketball.
One reason for Roos fans to be excited is the talent pool that has been brought in by the coaching staff in recent months. Two junior college All-Americans and the number one recruiting class in the WAC conference are just some of the accolades fans and spectators will want to pay close attention as Friday night’s game tips off.
With only one returning starter from last season, Hoyt will look to junior college transfers Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) and Awal Ajak (Des Moines, Iowa) to help lead a team that has just two returners.
Coming off a stellar 2017-2018 campaign, redshirt senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) will look to live up to the hype once again as she was recently name to the Preseason All-WAC First Team from WAC coaches and media personnel.
The clear-cut leader of this young Roos team, Moore will look to improve in her second season under head coach Jacie Hoyt and take over the WAC with her offensive tenacity and defensive prowess. Last season, Moore accumulated 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, both good for ninth in the conference, while tallying 10 blocks and 31 steals.
Preparing for the Bearcats
Division II Southwest Baptist resides in the MIAA and posted a 15-14 (7-12) record during the 2017-2018 season. The matchup against the Roos will be the third exhibition game for the Bearcats, before their regular season.
A player to keep a close eye on for the Bearcats in Friday’s exhibition will be forward Caylee Richardson, who delivered quality outings against MIAA opponents last season. Richardson filled up the stat sheet for the Bearcats as she recorded 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds, while shooting 85 percent from the free throw line, earning her a spot on the All-MIAA Third Team.
As a team, Southwest Baptist finished 10th in conference play and ended the season overall on a six-game losing streak. The Bearcats will face Arkansas and Iowa State before UMKC this week.
Last season the Roos posted an 11-19 record overall and a 7-7 mark in WAC play, good for fifth in the standings. For their efforts, seniors Aries Washington and Samantha Waldron were each named to the Second Team All-WAC.
The Roos were picked to finish tied for fifth by both the coaches and the media in the annual WAC preseason poll, tying with Utah Valley in the media poll and UTRGV in the coaches’ poll. NM State, CSU Bakersfield, Seattle U and Grand Canyon were the top-4, in order, in each poll.
UMKC women’s basketball redshirt senior forward Kristen Moore was named to the Preseason All-WAC First Team by the WAC media and conference’s head coaches. Moore started 29 games last season for the Roos, averaging 14 points, six rebounds and garnered 1.5 assists while shooting nearly 51 percent from the field. These numbers transitioned to even more success on the court as Moore led the Roos in scoring nine times in the 2017-2018 campaign.
Year Two For Coach Hoyt
Jacie Hoyt was named the 10th head coach in UMKC women's basketball history on May 11, 2017. Hoyt took the helm of the Roos program after spending the past three seasons (2014-17) as an assistant coach at Kansas State. Previously, she was an assistant coach at Nevada (2011-14) for three years. She was a team captain and standout point guard at Wichita State from 2006-09. Last season, Hoyt led the Roos to an 11-19 mark overall.
New To The Staff
Hoyt added two new names to her staff this season in Patrick Harrison (Recruiting Coordinator) and Liza Fruendt (Graduate Assistant). Harrison was previously at Jones Community College before coming aboard at UMKC. Fruendt, a recent Missouri State Alum, was one of the most prolific women’s basketball players to ever compete for the Bears and ranks seventh all-time in points.
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Wednesday when they head to Lawrence, Kan., to take on Kansas at 7 p.m. CT on Nov. 7.
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