Buffaloes Knock-Off 'Roos In Kansas City
UMKC Athletics 11-18-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.) - The Kansas City women's basketball team (2-2) fell 78-55 on Sunday afternoon to Pac-12 foe Colorado (2-0) at the Swinney Recreation Center despite three Kangaroos reaching double figures in the contest.

"We definitely knew that we had our work cut out for us today - especially on the boards and that is something we continue to work on every single day," Kansas City Head Coach Marsha Frese said.  "In pieces and parts we got better.  We just have to be better at sustaining that energy that we showed today."

For the 'Roos, senior Kim Nezianya topped the team with 17 points eight rebounds and two steals, while freshman Lauren Dudding added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including knocking down all three of her attempts from beyond the arc.

In the game, Dudding opened up with a three from the left wing, but nine straight from Colorado flipped the lead in favor of the Buffaloes.

Kansas City would answer with a 7-0 run of its own, getting back-to-back jumpers from junior Hailey Houser and a three from Nezianya to retake the lead at 10-9.

20 of the next 26 points, however, went Colorado's way giving the Buffaloes a 29-16 lead with just under six minutes left in the half.

The 'Roos scratched back to cut the deficit to seven with 20 seconds left, but the final field goal of the half went to the Buffs sending the visitors to the locker room with a 36-27 lead.

Coming out of the break, Nezianya opened the second half with a three-point play to cut the lead to six, but a 23-7 run by Colorado stretched the lead to 22 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the contest.

The 'Roos would close to within 15 after six straight points from Dudding, but the comeback would fall short as Colorado came away with the 78-55 win.

For Kansas City, junior Eilise O'Connor was the final 'Roos in double figures with 10 points, while Houser finished with six points and two blocks.

As a team, the Kangaroos finished 11-of-14 from the free throw line, while knocking down 6-of-12 from three-point range.

"We have no choice but to build form this game, we are going to have to bounce back," Frese added.  "We have to have a short-term memory. This game only counts as one win or one loss. We don't get worked up in who the opponent is, we just have to make progress every single day."

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Tuesday when they hit the road for the first time this season against VCU in Richmond, Va., at 6 p.m. CT.

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