KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (13-12, 7-5) looks for its third season sweep of the year when the team faces off with Utah Valley on Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 2 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 7-5 WAC record, the Roos now sit in a tie for fifth place in the conference standings
- About the Roos - Coming off a 1-1 road trip and sitting in the middle of the pack for conference play, UMKC would scorch Seattle U in the first half of Thursday’s contest and run away with the game to notch its first home victory since defeating Grand Canyon back on Jan. 19th. Ericka Mattingly would produce another double-double with 19 points and 10 steals. This was Mattingly’s first double-double that included a defensive statistic this year. The Roos would force the Redhawks into 20 turnovers, with 15 of those coming by steals
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) led the way for UMKC on Thursday night versus Seattle U as she posted a double-double (19 points and 10 steals) in the win. The 10 steals were a career high for Mattingly, who was four steals short of tying the all-time record set back in the ‘86-’87 season by Valerie Quarles, who had 14 in a game on Dec. 12th against Doane College. 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, 6.1 assists, 6.0 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 (18.7), first in assists (6.1) and first in steals per game (3.2). 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 144 for UMKC. Nationally, Mattingly ranks 48th in points per game (18.7), 13th for total assists (145), a tie for 14th in steals per game (3.2) and seventh for free throws made (144)
- Senior Notoriety - Senior forward Kristen Moore remains a constant threat to opposing squads in the starting lineup as the Chicago, Ill., native has scored in double figures in four consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 9th against California Baptist. For the 2018-19 season, Moore has averaged 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Roos. In regards to WAC rankings, Moore sits 12th in scoring (11.0) and 20th in rebounds per game (4.8). Moore became the 14th player to score 1000 points in a UMKC jersey back on Dec. 6th at Missouri as well as recording her 500th career rebound in the Roo Holiday Classic versus Louisiana Tech back on Dec. 21st
- Team Rankings - As a team, UMKC sits second in points per game (75.0) while garnering a spot at third in field goal percentage (42.3), rebounding (39.0) and three-point field goal percentage (32.2) in the WAC. Nationally, the Roos rank tied for 41st for scoring offense (75.0) in the nation
- Preparing for the Wolverines - Arriving to the Swinney Center with a 14-11 (8-4) record, Utah Valley sits in second place in the WAC behind New Mexico State (11-1). The Wolverines have relied on forward Jordan Holland for the duration of conference play. Holland averages 13.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, both first on the Wolverines squad. Recently, Utah Valley comes in with a two-game winning streak with victories over UTRGV and Chicago State
- 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 11th double-double on the season for UMKC (12 points and 11 rebounds) on Thursday vs. Seattle U. During conference play, Vigil is averaging a double-double through 12 games with 12.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains at fourth in rebounds per game (9.6) and a tie for third in field goal percentage (54.1) in the WAC. 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 11 rebounds in the win against Seattle U, Vigil would go on to break the all-time freshman record in total rebounds for a season (230) against the Redhawks. Vigil now sits with 241 rebounds and a spot at first place among the UMKC freshman players
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 65 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 (38.9). With four games left in conference play, Ivory sits eight three pointers away from breaking the single season freshman record for three point field goals set back by Calli White in the 2013-14 campaign (73)
- 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 begin their last road trip before the conference tournament as the team will face off with New Mexico State on Thursday, Feb. 28th at 7 p.m. CT
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