UMKC Hosts California Baptist in Pivotal WAC Match-Up
UMKC Athletics 2-6-2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The UMKC women’s basketball team (11-10, 5-3) looks to keep pace for the top spot in the WAC when California Baptist (11-10, 4-4) arrives on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. CT at the Swinney Center.

#TeamKC Notes

  • Saturday’s Game - The game against the Lancers will feature National Girls and Women in Sports Day promotions for all fans
  • Streaking Ahead in Conference Play - With a 5-3 WAC record, the Roos sit tied for second in the conference standings with Utah Valley.
  • About the Roos - Coming off a close loss to New Mexico State on Thursday night, UMKC began its second home game of the week with UTRGV. The Roos could not keep up with the Vaqueros in the second half however, falling to UTRGV 75-56. Ericka Mattingly pressured the Vaqueros defense all night as the junior guard picked up 20 points, the 13th time this season. The Roos trail New Mexico State in the WAC standings, who sits in first place with a 7-1 mark in conference play
  • Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) delivered another productive outing for the Roos, as she recorded 20 points and three rebounds in the loss to UTRGV. Mattingly has now scored 20 points or more in 13 games this year.  Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 18.9 points, 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and a 80.7 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 (18.9), assists (6.2) and steals per game (2.9). 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. The scoring guard also ranks third all time in a season for free throws made at 121 for UMKC. 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. Last time out against the Lancers, Mattingly delivered a career-high 30 points and added 10 rebounds in the win back on January 10th. 
  • Team Rankings - As a team, UMKC now sits second in points (74.5) while garnering a spot at second in field goal percentage (42.5), third in rebounding (38.7) and a tie for second in three-point field goal percentage (32.2) in the WAC. Nationally, the Roos rank 50th for scoring offense (74.5) in the nation
  • Preparing for the Lancers - Arriving with a 11-10 record on the year, California Baptist looks to move up in the conference standings in a pivotal WAC showdown on Saturday afternoon. Lancers forward Brittany Thomas is coming off a career-high 39 points in the win over Seattle U last Saturday. Those 39 points were the most in the WAC since Louisiana Tech’s Keila Shelton, who scored 45 points back on Feb. 7th, 2013 vs. UTSA. Thomas earned WAC Player of the Week honors with her scoring effort against the Redhawks. Senior Emma Meriggioli leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (45.2). Thomas sits in the top five for points (16.0), rebounds (11.2) and field goal percentage (55.6) 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 eighth double-double on the season for UMKC (23 points and 13 rebounds) last Thursday vs. New Mexico State. During conference play, Vigil is averaging a double-double through eight games with 12.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains at fourth in rebounds per game (9.6) in the WAC while sitting in second for field goal percentage (54.9). 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 Saturday’s contest (202) against UTRGV. In the game against the Vaqueros, Vigil recorded seven points and eight rebounds for the Roos
  • Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 58 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. Ivory ranks first in the Western Athletic Conference with 2.8 three-pointers made per game. 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 (40.3). Halfway through conference play, Ivory has a chance to break Veda McNeal’s single season three-point field goal made 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 hit the road to travel to Phoenix, Ariz., for a match up with Grand Canyon on Thursday, Feb. 14th at 7 p.m. CT

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