KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The UMKC women’s basketball team (8-7, 2-0) looks to remain a top the WAC standings when CSU Bakersfield arrives to Swinney Center on Thursday, Jan. 17th at 6 p.m. CT
- About the Roos - Looking to start strong in conference play, UMKC delivered a pair of nice outings on the road at Chicago State and California Baptist last week. The win at Chicago State featured sharp shooter Emily Ivory nailing a school record eight three-pointers in the 111-58 blowout win over the Cougars. Heading west to take on WAC newcomer California Baptist, star player Ericka Mattingly notched a career high 30 points to lead the Roos to a comeback victory over the Lancers. The Roos now have a 2-0 conference record heading into the match up with CSU Bakersfield.
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) keeps impressing each week the Roos take the court, as she achieved a career-high 30 points in the win at California Baptist last Thursday. Mattingly has now scored in double figures in all but one game this season. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 20.1 points, 6.7 assists, 6.2 rebounds and a 81.0 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 (20.1), assists (6.7) and for steals per game (3.4). Mattingly was recently named WAC Player of the Week for her performances through Nov. 26-Dec. 2. In reference to UMKC history, Mattingly is on pace to break Penny Waggner’s season assist record (5.4 avg) set back in the ‘84-85 season. Nationally, Mattingly ranks 20th in points per game (20.1) and sits in ninth place for the NCAA with 100 assists on the year
- Streaking Ahead in Conference Play - For the first time since joining the WAC in 2013-14 season, UMKC has won its first two conference games of the season
- WAC Standings - As a team, UMKC has now moved up to first in points (75.9) while garnering a spot at fourth in rebounding (38.9) and second in three-point field goal percentage (33.1)
- Preparing for the Road Runners - Entering Thursday’s matchup with a 6-11 (2-2) record, CSU Bakersfield will look to Alexxus Gilbert to help the Road Runners get back in the win column for conference play. The Dallas, Texas native is averaging 17.5 points and 3.1 assists for the Runners thus far. Gilbert ranks third in points per game in the WAC this season (17.5). As a team, CSU Bakersfield ranks first in rebounds per game (43.4) in the WAC
- 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 recorded her fifth double-double on the season for UMKC (18 points and 10 rebounds) in the win at Chicago State. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains at fourth in rebounds per game (8.9) in the WAC while sitting in second for field goal percentage (52.9). Vigil was recently named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech back on Dec. 20-21st. Against California Baptist last week, Vigil recorded eight points and seven rebounds in the win over the Lancers
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 40 three-point shots made thus far in 2018, which includes a school record eight three-pointers in the first WAC conference game against Chicago State back on Jan. 5th. Going in depth in her shot selection, Ivory has made a splash beyond the arc all year as she sits in second for three-point field goal percentage in the WAC (38.8). With the start of conference play underway, Ivory has a chance to break Veda McNeal’s single season three-point field goal record (87) set back in the ‘92-93 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.
- Up Next - The Blue & Gold will next play Grand Canyon when the Lopers arrive to Swinney Center on Saturday, Jan. 19th at 2 p.m. CT
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