LINCOLN, Neb. – UMKC women’s basketball team (0-2) played competitively with Nebraska (2-0) in the first half of Tuesday night’s game, but couldn’t get their shots to fall down the stretch, losing by a final score of 80-60.
The Roos brought a good fight to Pinnacle Bank Arena, hanging close with the Huskers throughout the first half of play. The team trailed by just three points at halftime before shooting 5 of 26 (19.2%) as a team in the second half.
UMKC stormed out of the gate with a pair of three-pointers by Nebraska native Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.) and India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) to take an early 6-2 lead. Waldron finished with 14 points with four three-pointers on the night. Nebraska responded to the Roos’ early production, ending the first quarter on a 12-5 run to take a seven point lead at the end of the period.
The team clawed its way back in the second quarter of play, erasing the deficit and taking the lead late in the period. Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) put together a strong quarter, pouring in seven points and picking up an assist. An 8-3 UMKC run, sparked by a pair of three-pointers from Waldron, gave the Roos a 31-30 lead at the 5:14 mark of the second quarter. After trading buckets heading into halftime, Nebraska’s Taylor Kissinger would convert a three to give the Huskers a 38-35 lead at the break.
The second half was a different a story for the Roos, who saw Nebraska open the third quarter on a 15-3 run that the team was unable to overcome as the game transpired. While UMKC struggled to find their rhythm offensively, the Huskers shot a strong 15 of 26 (57.7%) from the field and 8 of 14 (57.1%) from beyond the arc in the second half. The zone defense deployed by the Roos did a great job of keeping Nebraska off the free-throw line, allowing just nine attempts in the game, but gave enough room for a team that caught fire in the latter stages of the contest.
“I’m very disappointed in the way we came out in the third quarter,” commented head coach Jacie Hoyt. “Nebraska did a great job of attacking our zone. They had players step up and make big shots when they needed to.”
Three UMKC players – Waldron, Washington and Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) – finished the game scoring in double figures. Washington scored a team-high 16 points, shooting a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line in a full 40 minutes of action. Moore notched her first double-double of the season, putting up 13 points along with collecting a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Roos finished the night shooting 18 of 56 (32.1%) from the field and 8 of 21 (38.1%) from three-point range. The team did a solid job of getting to the free-throw line throughout the contest and executed nicely, combining to shoot 16 of 21 (76.2%) as a team.
“This game was a great experience for us,” noted Hoyt. “Any time you can give your players an opportunity to play against a Power-5 team is a win in the grand scheme of things. It’s important for our players to stay the course and trust the process as we are on the road all month against some very good teams.”
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