KANSAS CITY, Mo.--The UMKC women’s basketball team (10-8, 4-1) looks to stay a top the conference standings when the team travels to Seattle, Wash., for a showdown with Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 26th at 4 p.m. CT.
- Streaking Ahead in Conference Play - With a 4-1 WAC record, this marks the best start in conference history for the Roos since becoming a member in 2013-14. Taking it a step further, this league start is the best since UMKC went 5-1 in conference play while being a member of the Summit League back in the 2009-10 season
- About the Roos - Looking to keep pace for the top spot in the WAC, UMKC delivered a knockout punch in the final minutes to Utah Valley as freshman Emily Ivory nailed 11 of her 19 points in the final five minutes of play. Ivory would hit three consecutive triples to give UMKC the lead and the Roos notched their third road victory in conference play over Utah Valley on Thursday afternoon.
- Battle for the Top Spot - The Roos are now tied for first place in the WAC with New Mexico State after Thursday’s win
- 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 (20) in a close victory over Utah Valley on Thursday. Mattingly has now scored 20 points or more in 12 games this year. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 19.4 points, 6.3 assists, 6.3 rebounds and a 81.6 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 (6.3) 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 32nd in points per game (19.4) and sits in ninth place for the NCAA with 114 assists on the year
- WAC Standings - As a team, UMKC now sits second in points (74.2) while garnering a spot at third in rebounding (39.4) and third in three-point field goal percentage (32.9)
- Preparing for the Redhawks - After making the NCAA Tournament in the 2017-18 season, Seattle U had not been able to get in the win column this season until defeating Chicago State Thursday night. The Redhawks will rely on junior Kamira Sanders to get the team back on track in the matchup on Saturday afternoon. Sanders sits seventh in the WAC in points per game (13.2). As a team, Seattle U has averaged 18.2 turnovers per game, second highest in the WAC behind Chicago State (23.1)
- 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 (9.2) in the WAC while sitting in fourth for field goal percentage (51.7). Vigil was recently named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech back on Dec. 20-21st. In the win over the Wolverines, Vigil grabbed 10 rebounds, resulting in the ninth time this season she has recorded 10 or more rebounds in a game
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 53 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 return from the road trip and will take on New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. CT in the Swinney Center