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‘Roos Fall To Mavs In Regular Season Finale
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:03/02/2013

(Omaha, Neb.) - The Kansas City women's basketball team dropped its regular season finale 68-41 on Saturday afternoon to Omaha in Sapp Fieldhouse, despite eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals by junior Eilise O'Connor.

The loss drops the 'Roos to 9-20 overall and 5-11 in Summit League play, while Omaha finishes 17-11 overall and 7-9 in the league.

"There isn't much to say about today's game, it pretty much speaks for itself," O'Connor said.  "We have to decide as a team how we want our tournament experience to go.  It's a whole new season now: win or go home.  At this point, every team is sore and fighting the fatigue of a long season.  The playing field is even and what we do with this opportunity is in our hands."

Senior Emile Blakesley added team-highs of eight points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Lexis Hardiek chipped in eight points, including six on threes.

Omaha opened with the game's first 10 points before O'Connor ended the rally with a pull-up jumper.

The Mavs extended their lead to 16-2, but freshman Jordan Evans converted a layup and Hardiek knocked down a three from the left wing to cut the lead to 16-7.

After five straight from Omaha, freshman Taylor Leathers and O'Connor made back-to-back field goals and junior Ashli Hill added a free throw bring the 'Roos to within nine late in the half.

Omaha stretched the lead to 28-12, but Leathers and Hill combined for five of the half's final seven points to send Kansas City to the locker room trailing 31-17

Coming out of the break, Omaha opened with a 9-2 run, before a jumper by O'Connor ended the rally.

The Mavericks then stretched their lead to 46-23, but a Hardiek three from the left wing brought the 'Roos to within 20.

Omaha answered with the next five, before Blakesley converted a three-point play for the 'Roos.

After six straight by the home team, Hardiek would answer with a baseline jumper to cut the score to 57-31, but the Mavericks would go on to extend their lead to a game-high 32 before coming away with a 68-41 victory.

The Blue & Gold will now enter the Summit League Tournament as the No. 7 seed where they will face No. 2 seed IUPUI at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday Mar. 9 in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the Sioux Falls Arena.


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