LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – Three Roos scored in double digits as UMKC fell to the Stony Brook Sea Wolves 57-55 Saturday afternoon in Long Island, New York.
Senior Lyndsay Leikem (Tucson, Ariz.) gave the Roos (5-8) their first lead of the game with a layup at the 6:24 mark, after senior Ceidra Coleman (Bryan, Texas) tied the game with her second basket of the game on a previous drive. The Roos saw their biggest lead of the first period at 11-8 after Junior Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) hit a jumper midway through the opening period. Stony Brook (7-6) held a 14-13 lead at the end of the first period.
Coleman’s jumper ended the scoring drought for the Roos, who took a 16-15 lead with 8:02 left in the half. Stony Brook retook the lead and jumped out in front 19-15. Coleman jump-started a 13-2 run when she knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead to 19-18. Washington capped off the run with a jumper to give UMKC a 28-21 lead, and the Roos went into halftime holding a 30-25 lead.
Stony Brook began the second half on an 8-0 run before Waldron hit a long two-pointer and began a 10-0 run for UMKC. A layup from redshirt-junior India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) capped off the run. Stony Brook continued to chip away at the lead, but UMKC was able to a 42-40 lead after the third period.
The final period began much of the same way as the third as the Sea Wolves went on a 7-0 run to go up 47-42. The Roos battled back and were able to take the lead with just over a minute left to play, but a made layup and the ensuing free throw proved too much for the Roos as they fell 57-55.
Coleman recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jones led the team in scoring with 13, and redshirt-sophomore Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) recorded 11 points and hauled in five rebounds.
“So proud of our fight tonight,” Head Coach Marsha Frese said. “While it didn’t end the way we would have liked this feeling is one we will use and hang onto in conference play. We challenged ourselves in the non-conference season and I feel like the experiences we’ve been through have prepared us for what we’re about to see in the WAC. I know our team cannot wait for the opportunity to prove themselves.”
The Roos will begin conference play on Jan. 5 when they take on New Mexico State in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and will end their four-game road trip at UT Rio Grande Valley on Jan. 7 in Edinburg, Texas.