KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC women’s basketball team (12-11, 6-4) looks to keep climbing back up the WAC standings when the team heads to Bakersfield, Calif., to face off with CSU Bakersfield (10-14, 6-5) on Saturday, Feb. 16th at 3 p.m. CT.
- Road Warriors - The Roos are 5-0 on the road in WAC play this year. Since Dec. 16th, UMKC has won six straight road games. This is the first type of road winning streak since the ‘89-90 season when the Roos won six straight on the road
- Climbing Up the Standings - With a 6-4 WAC record, the Roos are now in a tie for third place in the conference standings
- About the Roos - Arriving to Phoenix, Ariz., with a three-game losing streak, UMKC came out of the gates slow against Grand Canyon in the first quarter, falling to a 20-10 deficit. For the rest of the game, the Roos would outscore the Lopes to a 53-36 margin and pulled off its fifth straight road win in conference play. Freshman guard Brooke Hampel tied her career-high 17 points in the victory and junior Ericka Mattingly secured seven steals on the defensive side for UMKC. The Roos are now in a tie for third place in the WAC with California Baptist and Utah Valley and sit four games back of New Mexico State, who sits first in the WAC at 10-1.
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) produced a nice outing for the Roos in the win over Grand Canyon, scoring 11 points while securing seven steals on defense. Last Saturday, Mattingly delivered a historical performance versus California Baptist, notching the third triple-double in UMKC history and her second of the season (28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists). With her second triple-double, Mattingly is one of only five players with multiple triple-doubles this season in Division I women’s basketball. Mattingly remains at 14 games scoring 20 points or more this year. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 18.9 points, 6.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and a 81.8 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 second in points (18.9), first in assists (6.0) and first in steals per game (3.0). 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 135 for UMKC. Nationally, Mattingly ranks tied for 42nd in points per game (18.9), 10th for total assists (139), 18th for steals per game (3.0) and eighth for free throws made (135)
- Team Rankings - As a team, UMKC now sits second in points (74.8) while garnering a spot at third in field goal percentage (42.0), rebounding (39.4) and three-point field goal percentage (31.8) in the WAC. Nationally, the Roos rank 44th for scoring offense (74.8) in the nation
- Preparing for the Roadrunners - Sitting at a 6-5 record in the WAC, CSU Bakersfield looks to keep climbing the leader board when Saturday’s contest begins. In the last matchup with UMKC, the Roadrunners defeated the Roos, 67-57, at the Swinney Center back on Jan. 17th. The Roadrunners will look to leading scorer Alexxus Gilbert to take charge in Saturday’s contest. Gilbert ranks third in the WAC in points per game (16.8). Forward Malayasia McHenry leads the team in rebounds per game (6.3) and ranks second in points per game for the Roadrunners (10.6)
- Vigil Making a Name For Herself - Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) remains a physical presence in the post for UMKC in 2018-19. The Montbello, Colo., native recorded her ninth double-double on the season for UMKC (16 points and 15 rebounds) on Saturday vs. California Baptist. During conference play, Vigil is averaging a double-double through nine games with 12.3 points and 10.3 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 (54.7). Vigil was recently named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech back on Dec. 20-21st. Vigil sits fourth all-time for a freshman in total rebounds for a season after Thursday’s contest (220) against the Lopes.
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 62 three-point shots made thus far in 2018-19, 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 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 (39.1). 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. Ivory sits in a tie for 41st place in the nation with her 62 three pointers on the year
- 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 home for a matchup with Seattle U on Thursday, Feb. 21st at 6 p.m. CT
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