KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team defeated Southwest Baptist Friday night with a score of 104-72.
It was a dominating performance for the Roos, who were transitioning into a year that features 10 newcomers for head coach Jacie Hoyt and the coaching staff for UMKC. Throughout the night, the Roos overwhelmed the Bearcats in the paint with the help of junior forward Cristina Soriano (Valladolid, Spain), who ended her night with a stat line of 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
During the first period, junior college transfer Erika Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) created tough possessions for Southwest Baptist with her relentless pressure to the rim and creating shot opportunities from the outside. Passing was also in Mattingly’s repartee as she delivered six assists on the night, making it a tough night for a bearcats team who was without star player Caylee Richardson for the exhibition match.
Starting in the second half, UMKC kept up the constant pressure on the defensive end as Hoyt made the switch to a full court press that caused havoc for the Bearcats for the next 20 minutes. A big contributor to the constant attack was freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa), whose four steals in the game led to seven points in her debut for UMKC.
Preseason All-WAC Selection senior forward Kristin Moore (Chicago, Ill.) did her part to keep the team in check as she posted seven points, four rebounds, two steals and one block on Friday night at Swinney Auditorium.
Referring to the bench, sophomore guard Taylor Larson (Huxley, Iowa) placed her mark in Swinney Auditorium against the Bearcats with a productive outing that included 15 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Larson was second in minutes on the night, participating in 25 of those.
Hoyt gave her thoughts on the team’s first outing of the season with the new wave of players.
“I was very pleased with our effort tonight,” stated Hoyt. “We had a well balanced scoring attack that made us hard to guard.” “We appreciate the fan support we got tonight and look forward to building that in the near future.”
Wrapping up their exhibition game at Swinney Auditorium, the Roos will now travel to across the border of Kansas and Missouri as the team will take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday, Nov. 7th at 7 p.m. CT in Lawrence, Kan.
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