TULSA, Okla. – UMKC women’s basketball team (0-3) were unable to claim their first victory of the season, falling to Tulsa (2-2) by a final score of 76-52 in their third consecutive road game to open the season.
The Roos struggled to find an answer to the Golden Hurricane squad, who entered the game riding high after a convincing win over Arkansas-Little Rock. Following a Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) and-one at the 7:49 mark, Tulsa put together a 23-4 run during the remainder of the first quarter and took a 29-7 lead into the second quarter.
Moore put together another terrific game, shooting 6-of-10 from the field for 17 points along with grabbing four rebounds. Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) was also a bright spot for the Roos, dropping in a game-high 18 points in addition to securing three rebounds and an assist.
UMKC regrouped to slow down the torrid pace of Tulsa the rest of the way but couldn’t find a way to chip into the lead. Turnovers proved to be costly for the Roos in the first half, committing 14 in the first half and 23 total in the game. Tulsa capitalized on the misfortunes, scoring 29 points off turnovers in the contest. The Golden Hurricane shot lights in the first half, going 19-of-32 (59.4%) from the field and 4-of-7 (57.1%) from three-point distance, taking a 44-19 lead into halftime.
“We obviously got off to a very slow start that we weren’t able to claw back from,” noted head coach Jacie Hoyt. “Our team understands that can’t happen, especially on the road. Tulsa had a very well balanced scoring attack that made them tough to guard. Offensively, we got a lot of great looks that we weren’t able to convert.”
It simply was not the Roos day on the offensive end of as their shots wouldn’t connect despite the team working into some quality looks. As a team, UMKC combined to go 19-of-50 (38%) from the field and 1-of-12 (8.3%) from beyond the arc. Execution at the free throw line also hurt the Roos, as the team entered the contest shooting 73.5% from the line but went just 13-of-24 (54.2%) against the Golden Hurricane.
India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) joined Washington and Moore in reaching double-digit scoring totals, finishing the game with 10 points and chipping in with five rebounds. It was the second time that Johnson has tallied 10 points this season while Moore and Washington have scored in double figures in each of UMKC’s first three games.
“We did some things that were uncharacteristic of us in turning the ball over and giving up easy rebounds,” said Hoyt. “Despite the final outcome, I’m proud of our team for continuing to fight and that was evident in the fourth quarter of play.”
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