UMKC Notches 20th Win Of The Season And Snaps 13 Game Losing Streak Against Oakland With 63-54 Win On Senior Night
UMKC Athletics 2-27-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.)  -- The UMKC women's basketball team (20-10, 11-7) recorded its 20th win of the season, snapped a 13 game losing streak against Oakland (11-16, 7-11) and Dayon Hall-Jones recorded her 1,000th career point in the Kangaroos 63-54 win over the Golden Grizzlies on Senior Night at the Swinney Recreation Center.

The 20 wins is the second most in UMKC history, trailing only the 24 by the 1991-92 squad, and the most ever in head coach Candace Whitaker's tenure at the helm.

In the game, senior Dayon-Hall Jones finished with 10 points and now has 1,001 in her career, making her the 10th 'Roo in school history to eclipse the 1,000 point mark. 

Sophomore Eilise O'Connor finished with a team-high 16 points for the 'Roos, to go along with five assists, three steals and five rebounds, while fellow sophomore Ashli Hill was the only other Kangaroo in double figures, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds and three blocks.

The two teams started off the game cold from the field, as the 'Roos led just 12-9 after a three by junior Emile Blakesley midway through the first half.

The Golden Grizzlies would pull to within one at 14-13, but a 12-0 UMKC run, capped by a Hill layup gave the 'Roos a 13 point advantage at the 3:42 mark.

UMKC would go on to extend its lead to 15, and following three free throws by OU, Hall-Jones would bury a pull up jumper to record her 1,000 point as a 'Roo.

Oakland, though, would close the half out with a pair of free throw to cut the UMKC margin to 32-20 heading into the locker room.

Coming out of the break, a free throw by O'Connor extended the lead to 13, but nine of the next 13 points went Oakland's way and the lead was down to eight with 15:22 left to play.

A three by senior LeAndrea Thomas and two O'Connor free throws on back-to-back possessions increased the lead to 13, but a 14-4 run by OU cut the lead to three halfway through the second session.

The lead would stay at three until a 6-0 UMKC run, featuring a layup by senior Brianna Eldridge, a pair of O'Connor free throws and a layup by Hill pushed the lead back to nine with just over seven minutes left to play.

Oakland would have one last push, cutting the lead to six on a layup by Bethany Watterworth, but the 'Roos would hold the Gold Grizzlies scoreless over the final 4:36 to seal the win.

As a team, UMKC out-scored the Grizzlies 38-17 off the bench, 24-18 in the paint, 14-9 on second chance points and 14-8 on fast break points.  On the glass, the 'Roos out-rebounded OU 42-38.

Defensively, UMKC forced 21 Oakland turnovers, including 13 on steals.

Individually, Thomas registered nine points, while Eldridge grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Following the game, the 'Roos honored their six seniors; Hall-Jones, Eldridge, Thomas, Jade Tinner, Mariah Scaife and Simone Bridges.

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Sunday when they take on either Oakland or Western Illinois in the No. 3/No. 6 game at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in the 2012 Summit League Championship at the Sioux Falls Arena.

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