KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC women’s basketball team (14-13, 8-6) heads into its final road game of the year when the team faces off with UTRGV in Edinburg, Texas on Saturday, Mar. 2nd at 7 p.m. CT.
- Postseason Tournament Scenarios- If the season ended today, the Roos would be the No. 4 seed in the WAC conference tournament and would play against No. 5 seed CSU Bakersfield in the first round on Mar. 14th at 4:30 p.m. CT. With California Baptist being a first-year member to the WAC Conference, the Lancers are ineligible for postseason play, moving every team up one seed in the WAC tournament. The winner of that game would face off with New Mexico State on Mar. 15th in the semifinal round at 2 p.m. CT. UMKC still has a chance to obtain the No. 2 seed during the last two games of the regular season
- Road Warriors - The Roos are 5-2 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 8-6 WAC record, the Roos now sit in fifth place in the conference standings. This is the best conference record ever for UMKC since joining the WAC back in the 2013-14 season
- About the Roos - Facing off with the best team in the WAC, UMKC looked to secure an upset on the road against New Mexico State on Thursday night. With the Roos leading over 33 minutes in the contest, the Aggies stormed back with under four minutes to play in part to a 16-3 run, downing the Roos on their first game of their final road trip. Brooke Hampel and Ericka Mattingly combined for 34 points on the night. Senior Kristen Moore notched her second double-double of the year but it was Aggies guard Brooke Salas who overcame the Roos pressure on the defensive end that led New Mexico State to the victory and a outright share for the WAC regular season title.
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) filled up the stat sheet once again for the Roos on Thursday night, recording 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and six steals in the loss to the Aggies. Last week, Mattingly received WAC Player of the Week honors for her part in the victories over Seattle U and Utah Valley in which she posted back-to-back double-doubles. 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 18.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.0 rebounds and a 81.7 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 (6.3) and first in steals per game (3.3). In reference to UMKC history, Mattingly is on pace to break Penny Waggner’s season assist record (188) set back in the ‘84-85 season. The scoring guard also ranks third all-time in a season for free throws made at 152 for UMKC. Nationally, Mattingly ranks 48th in points per game (18.7), eighth for total assists (169), a tie for ninth in steals per game (3.3) and seventh for free throws made (152)
- 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 six consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 9th against California Baptist. For WAC play, Moore has averaged 13.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Roos. In regards to WAC rankings, Moore sits 12th in overall scoring (11.0) and 17th in overall rebounds per game (5.1). 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 (75.3) while garnering a spot at third in field goal percentage (42.1), rebounding (39.6) and three-point field goal percentage (32.3) in the WAC. Nationally, the Roos rank tied for 37th for scoring offense (75.3) in the nation
- Preparing for the Vaqueros - Entering Saturday’s match-up with a 15-12 record and a chance to obtain the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, UTRGV has excelled under first year head coach Lane Lord, who spent the previous 11 seasons at Pittsburg State. The Vaqueros have relied on guard Idil Turk and forward Madison Northcutt throughout the 2018-19 season. Turk leads the team in points per game (10.6) while Northcutt leads the team in rebounds per game (8.3)
- 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) last 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 14 games with 12.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains at fourth in rebounds per game (9.7) and third in field goal percentage (53.6) 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 263 rebounds after Thursday’s performance
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 74 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 sits in fourth place for three-point field goal percentage in the WAC (38.1). In the loss at New Mexico State, Ivory broke the single season freshman record for three point field goals set back by Calli White in the 2013-14 campaign (73) with her two three-pointers on Thursday night
- 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 back home for senior day and a match-up with Chicago State on Saturday, Mar. 9th at 2 p.m. CT