KANSAS CITY, Mo.--The UMKC women’s basketball team (0-5) hosts Peru State in a non-conference match-up this Thursday at 7 p.m. CT in Swinney Auditorium.
- About the Roos - Falling to George Mason last Friday in the last minute of play, UMKC looks to secure its first win of the 2018-2019 season when it faces off with NAIA opponent Peru State this Thursday. The team has clicked on the offensive end as of late, nailing 13 three-point shots in the home opener against the Patriots. Seven of those threes came from freshamn guard Emily Ivory, who scored a career-high 21 points in the loss at home with George Mason.
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) keeps delivering for UMKC on the 2018-2019 season as she notched her first double-double (12 points and 11 assists) as a Roo on Friday versus the Patriots. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 16.0 points, 5.2 assists, 5.8 rebounds and a 75.0 percentage on free throws. The Junior College All-American still stands high amongst the other prolific scoring guards in the WAC, as she ranks second in assists and fourth in points per game. Defensively, the Wichita, Kan., native has risen to second in the WAC for steals per game (2.6)
- WAC Standings - As a team, UMKC moved up to third in points (65.6) while garnering a spot at fourth in rebounding (39.8) and second in three-point field goal percentage (33.9)
- Preparing for the Bobcats - Coming into Swinney with a 1-5 (0-2) record for 2018, Peru State looks to pull off a significant win on Thursday. The Bobcats currently sit 12th in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings. There have been some bright spots for the Bobcats as forward Giovanna Silva leads the team with 11.2 points and 1.7 steals per game. Silva has scored in double figures three times thus far, making her the primary option for a Bobcats team looking for a victory on Thursday against the Roos. Peru State currently holds a two-game losing streak heading into Thursday’s match-up. As a team, the Bobcats are averaging 71.0 points and 45.2 rebounds per contest. Peru State resides in Peru, Neb., and represents the NAIA Division I Association
- Ivory Catches Fire - Freshman Emily Ivory nailed a career high seven three-pointers and 21 points in the home opener against George Mason last Friday. With her performance, Ivory now sits in the top five for three-point field goal percentage (37.9) in the WAC
- Spotlight Player - Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) has proven her ability to clog up the paint in 2018. Vigil has moved to third in the WAC conference with 10.3 rebounds per game. The Montbello, Colo., native is averaging a double-double in 2018 (12.6 points and 10.8 rebounds) for the Roos this season
- Last Season - In 2017-18, the Roos finished 11-19 overall and 7-7 in WAC play. On the season, UMKC picked up key WAC victories with an overtime win over Grand Canyon and sweeping the season series between UTRGV and Chicago State.
- Checking off a Career Milestone - Senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) is on the verge of a career milestone for her time in the UMKC women’s basketball program. With only 25 more points to go, Moore will enter the 1000 career points club. So far in 2018, Moore has averaged 6.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists for the Roos. The Chicago, Ill., produced her best game of the season on Friday afternoon, scoring 13 points while grabbing seven rebounds and tacking on two blocks as well against the Patriots
- Up Next - The Blue & Gold will begin their second road stint this season with trips to Fargo, N.D., and Columbia, Mo., to take on North Dakota State (Dec. 2nd) and Missouri (Dec. 6th) next week. Sunday’s game at Fargo will begin at 1 p.m. CT while the match-up in Columbia will start at 7 p.m. CT
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