Hot Shooting Helps Roos Squash Hornets, 114-59
UMKC Athletics 12-11-2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A red-hot shooting night for the UMKC women’s basketball team (2-8) guided the Roos to their second victory of the season in a dominant 114-59 win over Harris-Stowe State (5-4).

The game began with a made three-pointer from Hornets guard Jay’La Davis followed by a Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) layup for UMKC. The 3-2 lead for Harris-Stowe would be the last lead of the game as the Roos left no doubt in who would walk away on top. Moore put up UMKC’s first four points of the game, igniting a 13-0 run that ended with another a powerful finish at the rim for the redshirt junior forward.

Moore was fantastic throughout the entire game but made the majority of her impact in the first half of action. She entered halftime having already secured a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Moore finished the night with 20 points on a terrific 9-of-12 (75%) shooting and collected a season-high 14 rebounds along with three assists and two steals.

The Roos wasted no time in setting up their full court pressure defense, frequently creating Harris-Stowe turnovers before reaching the half-court line. The pressure was particularly effective in the early going, forcing 11 Hornet turnovers in the first quarter and 20 total in the game. UMKC did a tremendous job in capitalizing on the miscues, generating a season-best 31 points off opponent turnovers as the team continued push the intensity.

Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) pitched in with a monster first quarter, dropping in 11 points, including three makes from beyond the arc, leading the Roos to a 32-14 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Washington ended the contest with a game-high 21 points on shooting 8-of-12 (66.7%) from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point distance. She also tallied four rebounds and a season-best five assists in the game.

UMKC continued to stretch its lead as the clock transpired, showing an impressive amount of focus with the outcome decided early on. The team ended the second quarter on an 18-3 run, erasing any idea of the Hornets being able to claw their way back into the game by taking a 59-25 lead into halftime. 

The run was highlighted by Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.), who buried a trio of three-pointers among 13 points in the stretch. Waldron ended her night with a season-best 20 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc

Waldron was not the only impact performer for UMCK in the second period, as senior center Paige Husa (Fairbury, Neb.) made her presence felt in a major way on the defensive end. In eight minutes of first half action, all in the second quarter, Husa protected the rim an individual and team season-high four blocks to go along with three rebounds and five points at the other end of the floor.

“After the Wichita State game we really looked hard at film and saw a number of different areas we can improve,” commented head coach Jacie Hoyt. “Certainly our kids did an excellent job of executing in those areas tonight.”

The second half of action looked very much as the same as the first with the Roos firing on all cylinders. While the offense was certainly fabulous, the defense was unrelenting throughout all 40 minutes of action. In addition to the 20 forced turnovers, UMKC held Harris-Stowe State to shooting just 20-of-64 (31.3%) from the field and outrebounded the Hornets by a whopping 48-25 margin.

Rilynne Like (Overland Park, Kan.) showed flashes in five minutes of action off the bench. The sophomore guard set a new season-high with seven points, including a pair of three-pointers, and also dished out two assists in the game.

UMKC’s scoring output of 114 was the most points scored in a regular season game in the history of the program. It came by way of an incredibly efficient shooting night for the team, combining to finish 44-of-70 (62.9%) from the field, 13-of-24 (54.2%) from three-point range and 13-of-18 (72.2%) from the foul line.

A major part of the offensive explosion was senior point guard Daijane Dillard (Los Angeles, Calif.). Constantly looking to set up teammates for easy scores, Dillard dished out a career-high nine assists in the game. In total, five Roos – Moore, Washington, Waldron, India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) and Kiana Law (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – finished the night in double figures scoring, the most of the season.

“I’m really excited to have this week of practice and get back to getting better at the little things,” noted Hoyt. “This was a great game to build our confidence and hope that it will carry into our next game.”

UMKC will have the rest of the week off before hosting the Roo Holiday Classic. The Roos will square off with Northern Colorado on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. CT and Denver on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. CT. Both games will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network free of charge and will have Live Stats available.  

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