NORMAL, Ill. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (0-5) was unable to secure their first road victory of the season, falling to Illinois State (2-2) by a final score of 64-53.
The Roos were powered by a career day from Sierra Bone (Flower Mound, Texas), who dropped in a career-high 19 points and connected on six three-pointers in the game. The senior guard displaced her previous career-best of 13 points and finished the game with a season-high 20 minutes of action.
“Sierra had a great game today,” noted head coach Jacie Hoyt. “I’m very proud to see her hard work in practice pay off.”
It was a sluggish first half for UMKC as they struggled to find a rhythm on the offensive end while starters Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.) and Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) played sparingly due to foul trouble. The Roos shot a combined 6-of-23 (26.1%) from the field and 2-of-4 (50%) from the foul line in the first half.
Turnovers were a major problem for UMKC in the first half of action, committing a total of nine in the opening two frames, leading to 14 Illinois State points. The Roos were able to find some success from beyond the arc, converting on 4-of-9 (44.4%) three-pointers, all of which came from Bone. Illinois State would take a 32-18 lead into halftime despite Bone’s impressive shooting.
Illinois State came out firing in the third quarter, shooting a collective 7-of-12 (58.3%) from the field and using an 11-2 run to take a 20 point advantage at the 3:41 mark, their largest lead of the game. The Roos were able to cut into the lead as the period drew to a close, trimming the Redbird lead to 47-33 entering the fourth quarter.
Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) was a major factor as UMKC continued to close the gap down the stretch. Despite scoring only two points in the first half, Washington finished the contest with a game-high 23 points, matching her career-best set in 2015-16. The senior guard converted a pivotal and-one as time expired in the third quarter, finishing a layup through a host of Redbird defenders and executing the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play. Washington finished the game shooting 8-of-9 (88.9%) at the foul line.
The Roos continued to battle in the fourth quarter, outscoring Illinois State 20-17 in the final period. A 9-2 UMKC run, with all nine points scored by Washington, brought the game within two possessions at 1:34 mark, but the Roos were unable to get any closer as the game ended with a 64-53 final score.
The outcome served as the second consecutive contest that UMKC forged comebacks playing inspired basketball. The team finished 16-of-56 (28.6%) from the field and 9-of-25 (36%) from three-point distance, but will look to find their shooting touch earlier in upcoming games to stay within striking distance.
“Our team has to learn how to put four quarters together and we can’t come out on the road and not be ready from the tip,” commented Hoyt. “It’s not enough to say we won the second half, we have to do what it takes to perform and execute for a full 40 minutes.”
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