KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The UMKC women’s basketball team (9-8, 3-1) begin its second conference road trip on the season to Utah Valley on Thursday, Jan. 24th at 12 p.m. CT at the Lockhart Arena. The 12 p.m. start time is for the annual Kids Day event hosted by Utah Valley.
- About the Roos - After losing in conference play for the first time this season to CSU Bakersfield last Thursday, the Roos took command of Saturday’s showdown with Grand Canyon and got back into the win column with a impressive 73-45 victory.
- Battle for the Top Spot - The Roos are a half game back of Utah Valley and New Mexico State for first place in the WAC.
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) keeps impressing each week the Roos take the court, as she recorded another 20 point game (23) in the route over Grand Canyon last Saturday. The win over Grand Canyon also included another double-double for Mattingly (23 points and 11 rebounds), her fifth on the season. Mattingly has now scored in double figures in all but two games this season. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 19.4 points, 6.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds and a 82.1 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 (19.4), assists (6.4) and for steals per game (3.1). 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 31st in points per game (19.4) and sits in ninth place for the NCAA with 108 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 (74.6) while garnering a spot at third in rebounding (39.6) and third in three-point field goal percentage (32.9).
- Preparing for the Wolverines - Sitting a top the WAC with a 4-1 conference record, Utah Valley has proven to be a worthy contender with wins against URTGV and CSU Bakersfield while falling in a close matchup with New Mexico State last week. The Wolverines lead the WAC in three point field goal percentage (33.5) due to Alexis Cortez, who ranks fourth in individual three-point field goal percentage (34.6). Jordan Holland has led the charge for the Wolverines at 13.3 points per game 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 recorded her sixth double-double on the season for UMKC (10 points and 12 rebounds) in the win vs. Grand Canyon. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains at fourth in rebounds per game (9.1) in the WAC while sitting in fifth for field goal percentage (52.1). Vigil was recently named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech back on Dec. 20-21st.
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 48 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 (40.7). 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 continue their road trip and head to Seattle, Wash., to face off with Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 26th at 4 p.m. CT.
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