O’Connor Nets A Career-High 30 To Guide ‘Roos Past Air Force
UMKC Athletics 11-30-2012
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(USAFA, Colo.) - Junior Eilise O'Connor scored a career-high 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range, to go along with seven assists, five rebounds and two steals to lead the Kansas City women's basketball team to a 66-58 win over Air Force in the opener of the Air Force Classic at Clune Arena.

The win evens the Kangaroos' record at 4-4, while the Falcons drop to 0-6 on the season.

The 'Roos led by just three late in the contest at 60-57, but sophomore Lexis Hardiek found junior Kara Lee open down low for a layup to push the lead to five with 1:37 left to play.

Kansas City would hold the Falcons empty on their next possession and four straight points by O'Connor on the 'Roos next two trips down the court sealed the win.

For the Kangaroos, junior Hailey Houser was the only other player in double figures, finishing with a career-high 12 points and four rebounds, while Lee notched her career-high for the second straight game, adding eight points, two blocks and two rebounds.

In the opening half, the Kangaroos fell behind by as many as eight, trailing17-9 midway through the half.

Freshman Taylor Leathers, cut the lead to six with a free throw line jumper, starting a 17-8 run that put the 'Roos ahead 26-25 after an O'Connor layup.

The two teams then traded the next 12 points as UMKC took a 32-21 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the locker room, the Falcons kept the deficit at no more than three for the opening six minutes of the half until O'Connor drilled a three to stretch the advantage to 43-39 at the 13:31 mark.

Air Force would close the margin to one on five separate occasions over the next seven minutes, but a layup by Hardiek and a three by O'Connor on back-to-back possession built the lead to six with a little more than three minutes remaining.

The Falcons had one final run in them, closing the gap to 60-57, but the 'Roos 6-1 run to end the game sent Kansas City to its second straight road win and fourth victory overall.

As a team, the 'Roos dished out 16 assists, while shooting 41.7% (5-12) from three-point range and out-scoring Air Force 22-15 off turnovers.

Leathers, meanwhile, added nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win.

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT when wrap-up play in the Air Force Classic on against Boise State.

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