CHICAGO, Ill. – UMKC women’s basketball (9-18, 4-10) shot 51 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range as the Roos defeated Chicago State (0-28, 0-14) 71-55 Saturday afternoon at the Jones Convocation Center. Kelsey Barrett (Kansas City, Mo.) led UMKC with a career-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Ceidra Coleman (Bryan, Texas) finished with 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
“The story of our shooting is Ceidra Coleman,” head coach Marsha Frese said. “Having our playmaker back on the floor has opened up the entire floor for everybody, and that type of unselfishness is contagious. I’m just really excited to see how much they’re sharing the basketball right now.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had more than one senior in this program. We’re playing a lot of experience right now, and experience is what wins games. They’re putting it all together at the right time and going down the home stretch with a lot of confidence.”
UMKC outscored the Cougars 35-24 in the second half and was in total control over the game’s final 20 minutes. The Roos led for a total of 37:47 and never trailed. UMKC held a 36-19 rebounding advantage and dished out 21 assists, the most against a Division I opponent all season.
The Roos came out of the gates shooting the ball extremely well as UMKC led 21-19 following the first quarter. Led by four points each from Law and Leikem, the Roos shot 62 percent (8-for-13) from the floor in the opening quarter. The balanced attack featured a 7-0 UMKC advantage in bench points.
UMKC led 36-31 at halftime behind eight points from Law and six from Leikem and Waldron during the first half. The Roos shot 52 percent (14-for-27) over the game’s initial 20 minutes. UMKC held a 17-9 rebounding advantage at the break while the Roos dished out 12 assists in the first half.
Barrett drained back-to-back 3-pointers to begin the second half as the Roos increased the lead to 42-31 with 8:25 remaining in the third quarter. UMKC outscored the Cougars 18-11 in the third to extend the lead to 54-42. Barrett scored eight points in the frame and the Roos shot 53 percent (8-for-15) for the quarter.
“Kelsey doesn’t want her career to end,” Frese said. “She’s shooting the ball with a lot of confidence right now. But really, her greatest asset right now to this team is defensively. When she’s working her tail off defensively, great things happen for her on the offensive end.”
In the fourth quarter, UMKC continued the strong shooting, connecting on five of 11 shots from the floor and five of six from the foul line.
Chicago State shot 46 percent (22-for-48) from the field for the game and connected on only four of 11 attempts from long range. Kaylee Allen led the Cougars with a game-high 20 points.
The Roos will now play in the WAC Tournament next week in Las Vegas. Seeds and game times will be announced on Sunday.
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