KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC women’s basketball team (11-9, 5-2) looks to keep pace for the top spot in the WAC when UT Rio Grande Valley arrives on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. CT at the Swinney Center.
- Battle for the Top Spot - UMKC sits in second place for the conference after falling to New Mexico State (6-1) on Thursday night. Utah Valley remains a half game back of UMKC in the standings at 5-3 for the year
- Streaking Ahead in Conference Play - With a 5-2 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 extend its three-game winning streak Thursday night, UMKC went head-to-head with New Mexico State in a battle for first place. The Aggies would end up overcoming UMKC, 90-86, in the Swinney Center, shooting 33 of 62 (53.2%) from the floor and holding off a late comeback in the final minute of play. Roos forward Leilah Vigil notched a career-high 10 field goals in the loss to the Aggies. UMKC brought the deficit back to three with 14 seconds left but New Mexico State would ice the game with a free throw to take sole possession of first place
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) delivered another productive outing for the Roos, as she recorded 17 points and nine assists in the loss to the Aggies. Mattingly remains at 12 games scoring 20 points or more this year. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 18.8 points, 6.2 assists, 6.0 rebounds and an 82.1 percentage on free throw attempts. The Junior College All-American still stands at the top among the other prolific scoring guards in the WAC, as she is first in points (18.8), assists (6.2) and steals per game (3.0). If the season ended today, Mattingly would become the first player in the 57 year history of the WAC to lead the conference in points, assists and steals in a season. 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 42nd in points per game (18.8) and sits in the top 10 for the NCAA with 126 assists on the year
- Team Rankings - As a team, UMKC now sits second in points (75.4) while garnering a spot at first in field goal percentage (43.0), third in rebounding (39.0) and third in three-point field goal percentage (32.2) in the WAC. Nationally, the Roos rank 41st for scoring offense (75.4) in the nation
- Preparing for the Vaqueros - UTRGV begins a new era of women’s basketball with the hire of Lane Lord back in May of 2018. Lord has compiled a 9-10 record so far through his first season as head coach. The Vaqueros have relied on balanced scoring efforts throughout bench unit this year. Guard Idil Turk and forward Quynne Huggins both lead the team in scoring at 10.7 and 10.2 points per game. Forward Madison Northcutt sits fifth in the WAC at 8.1 rebounds per game
- 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 eighth double-double on the season for UMKC (23 points and 13 rebounds) in the loss vs. New Mexico State. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains at fourth in rebounds per game (9.7) in the WAC while sitting in second for field goal percentage (55.4). Vigil was recently named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech back on Dec. 20-21st. Vigil sits sixth all-time for a freshman in total rebounds for a season after Thursday’s contest (194)
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 55 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 second place for three-point field goal percentage in the WAC (39.9). 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 take a week off before going up against California Baptist on Saturday, Feb. 9th at 2 p.m. CT