KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC women’s basketball team (12-12, 6-5) looks to keep climbing back up the WAC standings when the team returns home to face off with Seattle U (1-23, 1-10) on Thursday, Feb. 21st at 6 p.m. CT.
- Road Warriors - The Roos are 5-1 on the road in WAC play this year. This is UMKC’s best road record in conference play since the ‘89-90 season when the Roos won six straight
- Meeting in the Middle - With a 6-5 WAC record, the Roos now sit in sixth place in the conference standings
- About the Roos - Looking to move up the WAC leaderboard last week, UMKC finished 1-1 on the road against Grand Canyon and CSU Bakersfield. Taking down the Lopes in game one of the road trip, the Roos would fall to the Roadrunners in game two on Saturday. Leilah Vigil would lock up her 10th double-double of the season in the loss while Kristen Moore produced 16 points of her own. The Roos fell to sixth place in the conference standings, placing them five games back of New Mexico State, who sits a top the conference standings with a 11-1 WAC record.
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) scored in double figures once again for UMKC, producing 13 points while contributing six assists in the loss at CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 16th. On Feb. 9th versus California Baptist, Mattingly delivered a historical performance which resulted in 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 six 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 18.7 points, 6.0 assists, 6.1 rebounds and a 81.5 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 (18.7), first in assists (6.0) and first in steals per game (2.9). 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 137 for UMKC. Nationally, Mattingly ranks 49th in points per game (18.7), 13th for total assists (145), a tie for 20th in steals per game (2.9) and eighth for free throws made (137)
- Senior Notoriety - Senior forward Kristen Moore remains a constant threat to opposing squads in the starting lineup as the Chicago, Ill., native averaged 14 points and six rebounds on the road last week for UMKC. For the 2018-19 season, Moore has averaged 11.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Roos. In regards to WAC rankings, Moore sits 12th in scoring (11.0) and 21st in rebounds per game (4.6). Moore became the 14th player to score 1000 points in a UMKC jersey back on Dec. 6th at Missouri.
- Team Rankings - As a team, UMKC sits second in points per game (74.7) while garnering a spot at third in field goal percentage (42.1), rebounding (39.0) and three-point field goal percentage (31.8) in the WAC. Nationally, the Roos rank 44th for scoring offense (74.7) in the nation
- Preparing for the Redhawks - Arriving to the Swinney Center with a 1-23 record, Seattle U has not lived up to its 2017-18 season that consisted of an 18-15 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Looking to play upset on Thursday afternoon, the Redhawks will lean on Kamira Sanders and Courtney Murphy against UMKC. Sanders (13.7) and Murphy (13.1) both lead the team in scoring on the year. Sanders leads the team in rebouding at 5.8 rebounds per game. Referring to the WAC leaderboard, Sanders currently ranks seventh in points per game (13.7)
- 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 10th double-double on the season for UMKC (19 points and 10 rebounds) on Saturday vs. CSU Bakersfield. During conference play, Vigil is averaging a double-double through nine games with 13.5 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 (54.6). Vigil was recently named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech back on Dec. 20-21st. With those 10 rebounds in the loss at CSU Bakersfield, Vigil is tied for the all-time freshman record in total rebounds for a season after Saturday’s contest (230) against the Roadrunners. She needs one more rebound to claim the top spot in Thursday’s game against Seattle U
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 64 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 2.7 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 (39.3). 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 remain at home for a matchup with Utah Valley on Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 2 p.m. CT