KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.) and India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) accounted for nearly half of UMKC’s points Thursday night, but a last second shot by CSU Bakersfield helped the Roadrunners claim the 65-63 victory over the Roos at Swinney Recreation Center.
“While we are disappointed in the outcome but it was exciting to get one step closer to what we know our team is capable of,” commented head coach Marsha Frese. “We remain focused on what we can control and I know this team still has a lot to fight and play for.”
The Roos trailed the entire first quarter until a jumper by Ceidra Coleman (Bryan, Texas) rolled in with 24 seconds left to give the Roos the one-point advantage. With two seconds left in the opening period, CSU Bakersfield went to the charity stripe and converted one-of-two attempts to tie the game at 18-all.
The Roadrunners went on a small 5-2 run to open the second quarter but a three-pointer by Waldron brought it back to a one-possession game. Johnson laid in back-to-back buckets with less than three minutes remaining in the half to break the tie and help UMKC go into the locker room with the 32-30 lead.
The Roos would only trail for a minute in the third quarter before a three-ball by Johnson tied the game at 39-all with over seven minutes to play. Johnson, along with teammates Lyndsay Leikem (Tucson, Ariz.) and Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) put up valuable points to keep the momentum going in favor of the Roos, who held the 47-45 lead going into the final 10 minutes of action.
UMKC went on an 8-5 run in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter, as Kiana Law’s (Pittsburgh, Pa.) layup with 5:06 remaining in the game gave the Roos their largest lead of the night, pulling ahead 57-50.
CSU Bakersfield would go on a 13-6 run before an open layup from Law would crush the Roadrunners’ offensive push and tie the game at 63-all with 13 seconds remaining, forcing the visitors to take a timeout. The Roadrunners fought through the UMKC defense to lay in two points with just three second remaining to take the game.
Both Johnson and Waldron contributed a team-high 15 points for UMKC. Law also scored in double-digits finishing with 11 points off the bench.
UMKC will play its home finale against Grand Canyon on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. CT at Swinney Recreation Center. The team’s four seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments following the game.
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