KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC women’s basketball team (14-12, 8-5) will look to extend its two-game winning streak when the team heads to Las Cruces, N.M., to face off with New Mexico State on Thursday, Feb. 28th at 7 p.m. CT.
- Star Players Going Head to Head - When Thursday’s contest begins, the top two scorers in the WAC will be going up against each other as New Mexico State’s guard Brooke Salas (19.3) and UMKC’s guard Ericka Mattingly (18.8) both sit at the top in points per game
- 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
- Climbing the Conference Standings - With a 8-5 WAC record, the Roos now sit in third place in the conference standings
- About the Roos - Heading into a pivotal WAC match-up with Utah Valley, UMKC would deliver its third season series sweep of conference play behind big performances from Ericka Mattingly, Leilah Vigil and Emily Ivory. Vigil would secure a career-high 21 rebounds against the Wolverines. The freshman forward fell two rebounds shy of tying the all-time single game rebound record held by Stephanie Worthy back in the ‘85-86 season (23). Mattingly produced another double-double (21 points and 11 assists) on the week, which would help UMKC to a 2-0 record at home. Ivory scored a career-high 25 points on 7 of 13 shooting from three-point range, marking the second time she has nailed seven or more threes in a game. The Roos have now jumped up to third in the conference with the sweep of Seattle U and Utah Valley last week. With a win this week, the Roos could clinch their first 15 win season since the 2009-10 campaign in which UMKC finished 16-16 on the year.
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - With her performances from last week which included back-to-back double-doubles, junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) received WAC Player of the Week honors for her part in the victories over Seattle U and Utah Valley. This is her second nomination of the season with her first one coming during the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2nd. In the win over Seattle U, Mattingly recorded a career-high 10 steals, which 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 has improved to 15 games when scoring 20 points or more this year. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 18.8 points, 6.3 assists, 6.0 rebounds and a 82.2 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 (18.8), first in assists (6.3) and first in steals per game (3.2). 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 148 for UMKC. Nationally, Mattingly ranks 47th in points per game (18.8), eighth for total assists (164), a tie for 12th in steals per game (3.2) and seventh for free throws made (148)
- 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 five consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 9th against California Baptist. For the 2018-19 season, Moore has averaged 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Roos. In regards to WAC rankings, Moore sits 12th in scoring (11.0) and 18th in rebounds per game (5.0). 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 (75.8) while garnering a spot at third in field goal percentage (42.5), rebounding (39.6) and three-point field goal percentage (32.7) in the WAC. Nationally, the Roos rank tied for 33rd for scoring offense (75.8) in the nation
- Preparing for the Aggies - Facing off with the best team in the conference this year, New Mexico State has put together a prolific season under second year head coach Brooke Atkinson, who has helped the Aggies to a 20-6 overall record with an 11-1 record in conference play. Preseason WAC Player of the Year Brooke Salas has been a force in the starting lineup since the beginning of the season as the guard leads the WAC in points per game (19.3) and rebounds per game (11.3). Another contributor to the lineup is guard Gia Pack, who sits in the top five in the conference in points per game (15.6). In the last match-up with UMKC, Pack delivered a season-high 32 points on 11 of 15 shooting, one off of her career-high set back on Dec. 2, 2017 versus UNM (33)
- 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 12th double-double on the season for UMKC (14 points and 21 rebounds) on Saturday vs. Utah Valley. Those 21 rebounds were a career-high for Vigil, who was 2 rebounds shy of tying the all-time single game rebound record set back by Stephanie Worthy in the ‘85-86 season (23).During conference play, Vigil is averaging a double-double through 13 games with 12.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains at fourth in rebounds per game (10.1) and fourth in field goal percentage (53.7) in the WAC. Vigil was named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech back on Dec. 20-21st. Vigil recently broke the all-time freshman rebound record in a season (230) and now sits with 262 rebounds after Saturday’s performance
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 72 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 sits in second place for three-point field goal percentage in the WAC (40.0). With four games left in conference play, Ivory now sits just two 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 continue their road trip as the team heads to Edinburg, Texas to face off with UTRGV on Saturday, March 2nd at 7 p.m. CT