KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time in nearly two months, UMKC’s women’s basketball team (7-17, 2-9 WAC) was healthy and used its depth to deal Chicago State (0-25, 0-11 WAC) a 62-53 setback at Municipal Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s been 60 days since this team has been complete,” commented head coach Marsha Frese. “You can’t control certain things in life. What we have left as a whole unit is five guaranteed games and we need to take advantage of every second we have together. We know what this team is capable of. It is unfortunate what we have gone through but that doesn’t break you. They are excited to continue to play for each other.”
Chicago State jumped out to an early 9-8 lead in the first quarter, but a layup by Ceidra Coleman (Bryan, Texas) gave the Roos the lead with 4:12 left in the first quarter. Back-to-back baskets by Lyndsay Leikem (Tucson, Ariz.) brought the two teams to an 18-18 tie at the end of one quarter.
A three-point play by Kiana Law (Pittsburgh, Pa.) at the beginning of the second quarter started a run that the Roos would carry over the next four minutes. Four different lead changes between the Roos and Cougars resulted in a 30-all tie at the half.
UMKC started the third quarter on a 9-2 run, forcing a Chicago State timeout with 4:04 left in the quarter. It wasn’t until the 3:39 mark that Coleman missed her first shot of the game after going 5-for-5 from the field in the first 26 minutes of play. She finished with a team-high 14 points in her first game back after an injury placed her on the sideline earlier this season.
"Ceidra’s performance tonight surprised no one who saw her prior to being injured,” said Frese. “She’s a playmaker for us. With only three practices under her belt prior to tonight, we couldn’t be more proud of her toughness and grit. It’s unfortunate that we haven’t had her for the past five weeks, but I know she’s anxious to make up for lost time down the stretch.”
UMKC and Chicago State went back-and-forth in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter, each trailing by just a single point during two lead changes. A layup by Kelsey Barrett (Kansas City, Mo.) with 7:46 left in the game gave UMKC the lead over the Cougars. The Roos would never trail in the remaining minutes of the game.
A three-pointer from Barrett with 1:38 left in the game extended UMKC’s lead back to five as the Roos finished the game on an 8-0 run to take the first meeting between the two programs this season.
UMKC will continue its home stand against CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon next week at Swinney Recreation Center. All four seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments following the game against Grand Canyon on Feb. 25.
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