KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC women’s basketball team (8-8, 2-1) looks to finish out its first conference home stand of the season when Grand Canyon arrives on Saturday, Jan. 19th at 2 p.m. CT.
- About the Roos - With WAC play underway, UMKC looked to continue its dominant performances on the road when the team opened up conference play at home against CSU Bakersfield on Thursday. The Roos fell short however to the Roadrunners, shooting 18 of 55 (32%) from the field in the Swinney Center. Freshman guard Emily Ivory kept UMKC in the game with a 6-of-8 performance from beyond the arc and finished the game against the Roadrunners with 22 points, her third outing of 20 points or more on the year.
- 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. In the Jan. 17th matchup with CSU Bakersfield, Mattingly was held to a career-low four points in the loss to the Roadrunners. Mattingly has now scored in double figures in all but two game this season. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 19.1 points, 6.6 assists, 6.4 rebounds and a 81.7 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 (19.1), assists (6.6) and for steals per game (3.3). 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 21st in points per game (19.1) and sits in 10th place for the NCAA with 105 assists on the year
- Streaking Ahead in Conference Play - For the first time since joining the WAC in 2013-14 season, UMKC won its first two conference games of the season
- WAC Standings - As a team, UMKC now sits second in points (74.7) while garnering a spot at third in rebounding (39.2) and a tie for second in three-point field goal percentage (33.2)
- Preparing for the Lopers - Arriving to Swinney Center with a 4-11 (2-3) record on the season, Grand Canyon brings a current two-game losing streak in conference play. The Lopers will look to senior center ShaRon Miller for a physical presence in the paint in Saturday’s matchup. Miller is coming off a 20-point outing against Chicago State where she shot 10-of-13 from the field (77%). Grand Canyon currently leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (34.5%)
- 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 fifth for field goal percentage (51.5). 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 CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, Vigil recorded 11 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Roadrunners
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 46 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 now sits in first place for three-point field goal percentage in the WAC (41.4). 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 hit the road and travel to Orem, Utah to face off with Utah Valley on Thursday, Jan. 24th at 12 p.m. CT.