BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Both teams struggled offensively as UMKC fell on the road at CSU Bakersfield on Saturday afternoon.
India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) got the scoring started with a three-pointer on the Roos’ first trip down the court. Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.) followed that up with a three of her own two possessions later and gave the Roos a 6-2 lead. Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Roos an 8-2 lead, their largest of the game. Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) made a layup in the final seconds of the quarter and gave the Roos a 12-10 lead heading into the second quarter.
CSU Bakersfield tied the game on their first possession of the second quarter, but a layup from Kelsey Barrett (Kansas City, Mo.) allowed UMKC to regain the lead at 14-12. CSUB regained the lead on a three-pointer and retained the lead for the rest of the quarter, leading 21-20 at halftime.
CSU Bakersfield began the second half on an 11-0 run and jumped out to a 32-20 lead before a layup from Washington ended the run. Bakersfield extended their lead to as many as 12 at one point in the quarter. The Roos were able to cut the lead down to eight at 34-26 but CSUB held a 38-28 lead at the end of the third quarter. CSU Bakersfield outscored UMKC 14-5 in the fourth quarter and the Roos fell 52-33.
“I thought our game plan was spot-on and for two quarters we did a great job executing it,” head coach Marsha Frese said. “But credit Bakersfield for coming out at half-time with a ton of energy which definitely had us back on our heels.”
Washington led the team in scoring and rebounding with 10 points and nine boards.
The Roos head home as they play host to UT Rio Grande Valley on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Swinney Rec.
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