KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Roos led for most of the first three-quarters, but struggled offensively in the fourth as they fell to Seattle 75-65 on Thursday night at Swinney Rec.
UMKC (5-11, 0-3 WAC) scored the game’s first bucket on a layup from redshirt-junior guard India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.). Seattle (5-12, 2-0 WAC) secured their only lead of the first quarter on a three-pointer, before a pair of free throws from junior guard Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.) allowed the Roos to regain the lead. UMKC ended the first quarter on a 6-2 run and held a 21-17 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Roos scored the first four points of the second quarter to go up 25-17, and saw their biggest lead of the game at 29-21 on a layup from redshirt-sophomore Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.). The Redhawks battled back and retook the lead late in the second quarter, but a three-pointer from Johnson put UMKC on top 36-34 at halftime.
The teams battled back and forth in the third as there were five lead changes throughout the quarter. A jumper from the Redhawks gave Seattle the lead with three seconds remaining, and the Roos trailed Seattle 49-48 heading into the final quarter.
Seattle opened the fourth on a 7-0 run, and the Roos were able to get no closer than 58-52 the rest of the way. Seattle outscored the Roos 26-17 in the fourth quarter and UMKC fell 75-65.
Moore led the way for the Roos with a career-high 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Waldron finished with 19 points, Johnson with 14 and junior guard Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) finished with 10.
The Roos will be back in action as they face Utah Valley on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Swinney Rec.
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