KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The UMKC women’s basketball team (6-7) will look to rebound from Sunday’s loss versus Illinois State when the team arrives on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Chicago, Ill., to take on Chicago State at 1 p.m. CT.
- About the Roos - Riding a four-game winning streak into Sunday’s match up with Illinois State, UMKC fell just short against the Redbirds, losing for first time since Dec. 6 at Missouri. Junior guard Ericka Mattingly fouled out for the first time all season and finished the game with 16 points and six assists. The team will look to get back in the win column in their first conference game of the season against the Cougars
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) keeps impressing each game the Roos take the court, as she fell just short of 20 points with a 16 point outing in the loss versus Illinois State on Sunday. With her streak of 20 points or more snapped at six games, Mattingly has now scored 20 or more points in nine of the 13 games this year. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 19.5 points, 6.6 assists, 6.2 rebounds and a 81.1 percentage on free throw attempts. The Junior College All-American still stands high amongst the other prolific scoring guards in the WAC, as she is first in points (19.5) and assists (6.6) and sits in second for steals per game (3.0). Mattingly was recently named WAC Player of the Week for her performances through Nov. 26-Dec. 2. Nationally, the junior guard ranks 32nd in points and is in a tie for eighth place for assists on the year
- Streaking Ahead in Non-Conference Play - For the first time since the 2011-12 season, UMKC has won six non-conference games before entering conference play
- WAC Standings - As a team, UMKC sits second in points (73.0) while garnering a spot at fourth in rebounding (37.6) and second in three-point field goal percentage (31.6)
- Preparing for the Cougars - With an 0-13 record entering conference play, it has been a difficult year on the defensive side of the ball in particular for Chicago State, who ranks last in points allowed per game (90.1). Head coach Misty Opat is still looking for her first win at Chicago State after spending the previous 10 years at Rock Valley College. For the Cougars to pull off the upset, the team will look to sophomore guard Tyeshia Bowers to take control from the tip. Bowers leads the Cougars in points (14.7) and assists per game (2.8) thus far in the 2018-19 season
- Vigil Making a Name For Herself - Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) remains a physical presence in the post for UMKC in 2018. The Montbello, Colo., native has recorded four double-doubles on the year with her most recent one coming against Loyola-Chicago back on Dec. 16th. In regards to rebounding, Vigil has moved up to fourth in rebounds per game (9.0) in the WAC while ascending to first in field goal percentage (53.5). Vigil was recently named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 29 three-point shots made thus far in 2018, which ranks second among all WAC players. Going in depth in her shot selection, Ivory has made a splash beyond the arc all year as she sits in fifth for three-point field goal percentage in the WAC (36.3). Ivory will look to continue to spread the floor for Jacie Hoyt’s squad when the team arrives in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday afternoon
- 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 - Having joined the 1000 point club this season, senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) achieved another milestone as she recorded her 500th career rebound in the comeback victory over Louisiana Tech. In the game against Illinois State, Moore scored a season-high 16 points on 8 of 14 shooting. So far in 2018, Moore has averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game for the Roos.
- Up Next - The Blue & Gold continue their road trip as the team travels to Riverside, Calif., to take on California Baptist on Thursday, Jan. 10th at 8 p.m. CT
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