KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following a pair of tightly contested conference losses on the road last week, the UMKC women’s basketball team (9-17, 5-6 WAC) returned home and put together a dominant performance in beating Chicago State (1-25, 1-10 WAC) 106-47.
The first quarter of action was a far cry from what would transpire in the final three quarters, as Chicago State stayed neck and neck with the Roos in the opening ten minutes. A pair of three-pointers from Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) helped stretch the UMKC lead to eight points at 4:32 mark of the first, but the Cougars answered back with a 10-5 run to end the period.
Washington was put forth a tremendous performance throughout the contest. The team’s leading scorer put up 18 points, including a 4-of-7 day from three-point distance, to go along with three rebounds and a pair of assists.
With UMKC holding a 21-20 lead as the second quarter opened, the team jumped out on a 28-6 run that spanned most of the period to take a massive 49-30 lead into half. Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.) was locked in during the stretch, knocking down three shots from the beyond the arc. Waldron finished the game 14 points, joining Washington in shooting 4-of-7 from three, and pulled down four rebounds.
The Roos continued to dominate in the entire second half of play in the lopsided affair. A Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) free throw stretched the team’s lead to 30 points at the 8:23 mark of the third quarter. Later in the period, Kiana Law (Pittsburgh, Pa.) connected on a jumper to up the advantage to 40 as the gap continued to widen.
Moore and Law also put together notable performances for UMKC in the game. Moore finished with 16 points on an efficient 5-of-6 shooting while Law wrapped up her day with a game-high 20 points to pair with a team-best five rebounds and two assists.
India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) exited as the team’s fifth player to reach double-figures scoring in one of her best games of the season. The redshirt senior dropped in 19 points on a superb 8-of-10 shooting from the field and also was effective in setting up her teammates with five assists on the day.
With the game decided early on, an opportunity to utilize the Roos’ bench was taken advantage of by sophomore Rilynne Like (Overland Park, Kan.) and senior Paige Husa (Fairbury, Neb.). Like set a new career-high with a game-best seven assists in 21 minutes of action while Husa showed off her presence in the paint with eight points and four boards.
UMKC will play its final home games of the 2017-18 season with a pair of WAC matchups next week. The Roos will host UT Rio Grande Valley (12-13, 2-8 WAC) on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. CT before matching up with New Mexico State (13-11, 7-3 WAC) on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. CT for Senior Day.
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