AMES, Iowa – UMKC women’s basketball team (0-4) put together a solid second half against Iowa State (2-1), but couldn’t erase a 24-point halftime deficit, falling by a final score of 61-45.
The Roos struggled in getting their shots to fall for a second straight game, combining to shoot 16-of-75 (21.3%) from the field and 7-of-32 (21.9%) from beyond the arc. Iowa State was able to take advantage of the shooting troubles, jumping out to a 20-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and carrying a 39-15 advantage into the halftime.
“We are never satisfied with a loss but I am extremely proud of the growth that our team showed from our last game to this game,” noted head coach Jacie Hoyt. “Iowa State is one of the toughest places to play because of their fan base and ability to shoot the three. Holding them to only four made three’s and forcing 21 turnovers is a positive step.”
UMKC refused to mail it in coming out of halftime, showing off a great blend of energy and tenacity on the defensive end. The Roos employed a heavy full-court pressure throughout the entire second half that proved to be effective in slowing down the Iowa State attack, forcing 21 turnovers and generating 17 points off the Cyclones’ mistakes.
Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) led the way for the Roos offensively, putting up a team-high 14 points in addition to bringing down six rebounds. The output marked the second consecutive game that Washington has led the Roos in scoring and was her third contest finishing in double figures.
The Roos worked relentlessly to chip away at the halftime deficit but were unable to come up with enough scoring to erase the lead. The effort resulted in outscoring Iowa State 30-22 in the second half and limiting the Cyclones to shooting 7-of-26 (26.9%) from the field and 1-of-11 (9.1%) from three-point distance.
Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.) also made a solid contribution despite a tough shooting night. She finished with eight points but found other ways to chip in, grabbing a team-high seven rebounds and dishing out two assists.
Freshman Taylor Larson (Huxley, Iowa) made her season debut for UMKC and notched the first point of her career at the free throw line. The trip to Hilton Coliseum was a homecoming for Larson, whose hometown of Huxley, Iowa sits roughly 11 miles south of Ames.
UMKC finished the game on a 14-7 run, giving the team quality momentum to build on as they wrap up a challenging month of November. Road matchups with Illinois State and Kansas await the Roos before playing their home opener against Lincoln University.
“Outscoring a Big 12 opponent in the second half on their home court is something we are very proud of,” commented Hoyt. “The fight we showed along with a commitment to playing great defense says a lot about the character of our team.”
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