KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The UMKC women’s basketball team (11-8, 5-1) will take on WAC powerhouse New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 31st at 6 p.m. CT in Swinney Center for position of the top spot in the conference standings.
- Battle for First Place - The Roos remain tied for first place in the WAC with New Mexico State at 5-1 after last weekend’s road trip. If UMKC pulls off the victory Thursday, the last time any Roos team started the conference season with a 6-1 record or better came back in the 2003-04’ season when the Roos were a part of the Mid-Continent Conference and began the season with a 7-0 record
- Streaking Ahead in Conference Play - With a 5-1 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 - After taking down Utah Valley last Thursday, UMKC headed up to Seattle to keep its top spot in the conference standings. The Roos handled Seattle’s triangle defense with the bench unit pouring in 52 points. Freshman guard Jonaie Johnson filled in off the bench for a career-high 15 points and the Roos went on to grab their fourth road victory in WAC play over the Redhawks. The 11 wins on the year is the same amount as last season’s 11-19 squad
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) had a productive road trip, as she recorded another 20 point game (20) in a close victory over Utah Valley on Thursday and chipped in 10 points on the win over Seattle. 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 18.9 points, 6.2 assists, 6.2 rebounds and a 82.2 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 (18.9), assists (6.2) 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 43rd in points per game (19.4) and sits in ninth place for the NCAA with 117 assists on the year
- Team Rankings - As a team, UMKC now sits second in points (74.8) while garnering a spot at third in rebounding (39.2) and tied for first in three-point field goal percentage (33.0) in the WAC. Nationally, the Roos rank 47th for scoring offense (74.8) in the nation
- Preparing for the Aggies - Coming off a 18-13 season with an appearance in the WNIT in 2017-18, New Mexico State has continued to stay a top the WAC with a 5-1 start in conference play. The Aggies have relied once again on senior guard Brooke Salas to lead the way, as she sits second in points (18.6) and third in rebounds per game (11.1) for the conference. Salas is the reigning WAC Player of the Year. Forward Gia Pack sits in the top five with her counterpart in points per game (13.9) 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 seventh double-double on the season for UMKC (22 points and 16 rebounds) in the win at Seattle. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains at fourth in rebounds per game (9.5) in the WAC while sitting in second for field goal percentage (53.2). 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 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 (40.5). 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 remain at the Swinney Center to take on UTRGV on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. CT