PHOENIX, Ariz. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (12-11, 6-4) overcame a slow first quarter to defeat Grand Canyon, 65-56, at the GCU Arena on Thursday night. The win also notches the season sweep over the Lopes this year.
Heading into the second quarter down by 10, UMKC turned on the jets on the offensive end with a 9-2 run coming out of the gates before taking the lead from the Lopes for good.
UMKC saw several players contribute from all over the court as freshman guard Brooke Hampel (Huntsville, Ala.) tied a career-high with 17 points in the come-from behind victory Thursday night. Hampel would be followed by a 12 point performance from senior Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) and 11 points from junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.)
Mattingly contributed on the defensive side of the ball for the Roos as she recorded seven steals for UMKC. Four of her seven steals would come in the second half when UMKC looked to pull away from the Lopes. Those seven steals were one off of her career-high eight steals set back on Jan. 5th in the win over Chicago State.
The Roos would nail eight triples in the win. Four of those three-pointers would come in the second period to help UMKC leap over Grand Canyon before halftime.
After starting slow in the first quarter, the Roos would go on to outscore Grand Canyon at a 53-36 margin for the next three stanzas to secure the team’s 12th win of the season. The Roos have now surpassed its 11 win total from the 2017-18 campaign in which the Roos finished with an 11-19 record.
Grand Canyon’s Da’Jah Daniels would lead both teams with 23 points on 8 of 13 shooting.
“Grand Canyon has really good post players that we were struggling to guard, especially at the start of the game,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt.
“We made the adjustment to put our press on and forced some turnovers that led to easy buckets to get us back in a rhythm. I thought our team did a really good job of not letting ourselves get too high or too low tonight. That was important for us after such an emotional double overtime game on Saturday.”
- The Blue & Gold continue their road trip and travel to Bakersfield, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 16th at 3 p.m. CT to take on CSU Bakersfield.
- In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Thursday’s showdown 35th in points per game (19.3), seventh in total assists (138) and 25th in steals per game (2.8)
- Hampel tied a career-high 17 points in the win over Grand Canyon
- Scoring 11 points in the win, Mattingly remains at 14 games for scoring 20 points or more in a game this year
- The Roos had three players in double digits during Thursday’s win versus the Lopes
- The Roos shot 23 of 63 (36.5%) from the court in Thursday’s win
- UMKC shot 11 of 13 (84.6%) from the charity stripe
- Freshman guard Emily Ivory went 1 of 4 from three-point range today against the Lopes, remaining at 15 games where she has made multiple three pointers for the Roos
- With 62 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory remains 25 three-pointers away from tying Veda McNeal’s all-time single season record with 87 threes back in the ’92-’93 season
- The Roos out rebounded Grand Canyon at a 40-35 margin
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