Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
'Roos Visit Spartans In Final Game Before Christmas
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:12/20/2013

Date/Time: December 21, 2013 – 4 p.m. CT – San Jose State
Site: San Jose State, Calif./The Event Center
Television: none
Live Online Video: SJSUSpartans.com (Free)
Radio: 1510 AM – TJ Jackson (p-b-p)
Live Online Audio: 1510.com (Free) – TJ Jackson (p-b-p)
Live Stats: SJSUSpartans.com (Free)
Twitter: @TheUMKCKangaroos


The Game
The Kansas City women’s basketball team (4-7)  will look for its fifth win in its last six games when it heads to San Jose, Calif., to take on San Jose State (5-5) on Dec. 21 for its final contest before Christmas.  The game between the ‘Roos and the Spartans is slated for 4 p.m. CT tip-off at The Event Center.

The Opponent
San Jose State enters the game with a 5-5 record, picking up a win over Georgia State on Wednesday after dropping its previous four contests.  Ta’Rea Cunnigan leads the Spartans in scoring at 19.8 points, while Rebecca Woodberry (15.4), Classye James (13.9) and Jasmine Smith (12.4) are also averaging double figures.  On the glass, Riana Byrd (9.4) and Smith (9.0) are tops on the team, while Britta Hall has a team-high 4.5 assists per game.  As a team, SJSU is scoring 84.7 ppg, but giving up 91.9 points each contest.

The Series
This will be the first meeting between the ‘Roos and the Spartans.

The Coaches
Renowned for her top-notch recruiting classes, Marsha Frese enters her second season as head women’s basketball coach at UMKC.  Named as the Kangaroo head coach on April 25, 2012, Frese brings 16 seasons of experience as a Division-I player and coach to the UMKC campus.        

The Venue
The Event Center, located in the heart of the San Jose State University campus on the corner of Seventh and San Carlos Streets, is the home of the San Jose State men’s and women’s basketball teams.
      The $36-million facility, created by SJSU students and developed by the Student Union Board of Directors, is financed by student fees and facility usage. The Event Center and the Aquatics Center directly across the street comprise the complex. Over 27,000 students, 3,500 faculty and staff members, alumni and the surrounding communities use the facility.

Last Time Out
The Kansas City women’s basketball team won its fourth game out of its last five and its second straight overtime contest, outscoring San Francisco 14-6 in the overtime period to take a 70-62 win on Wednesday night at War Memorial Gymnasium.
     Eilise O'Connor led the ‘Roos, scoring a season-high 30 points in front of over 50 family and friends, while classmate Kim Nezianya added 11 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season, scoring her 1,000th career point in the process.

O’Connor Goes For 30 Against Dons
San Francisco native Eilise O'Connor gave her best performance of the season against her hometown team San Francisco.  Against the Dons, O’Connor scored 30 points in the overtime win, while adding five rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Over 1,000
With her 11 points in the ‘Roos win over San Francisco, senior forward Kim Nezianya eclipsed the 1,000 point mark joining teammate Eilise O’Connor as one of just the 12 1,000-point scorers in UMKC history. The senior duo is the first pair in school history in the Division I era and just the second pair ever to have 1,000 points at the same time, joining Penny Waggener and Laurie Smith who each reached the mark in the 1984-85 season.

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