LAWRENCE, Kan. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (0-1) fell to the Kansas Jayhawks (1-0) on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse to a score of 67-55.
In their first real test of the season coming against a Big 12 powerhouse, UMKC struggled to close an 18 point lead after beginning the second half of play.
Experience paid dividends for the Jayhawks throughout the game with senior forward Christalah Lyons delivering a nice outing for Kansas, creating difficult matchups for the Roos all night.
The Roos would rely on Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) to keep them in the game, as the junior college transfer traded basket for basket with Lyons on the evening. Mattingly would lead UMKC in the point column on Wednesday night, scoring 20 points against a stout Jayhawk lineup.
“Ericka is everything to a coach when it comes to her motor and competitive spirit,” commented second year head coach Jacie Hoyt. “Even though it took a half for her to pick it back up, it is a gift as a coach to have a player like that.”
UMKC would go on a 15-5 run in the fourth quarter to cut the Jayhawks lead to 55-46. However, Kansas was able to grind out a late comeback from a Roos’ squad looking to secure a power five victory to kick off a season that features 10 newcomers under Hoyt’s wing.
Many bright spots came out of the Roos first road game in a hostile environment such as Allen Fieldhouse. Senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) keeps climbing her way to a career milestone as she creeps up to 1000 career points in a UMKC uniform.
Moore remains 53 points away from obtaining quadruple digits for scoring in her illustrious career.
Looking for help off the bench against the Jayhawks, freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) gave Hoyt and the UMKC coaching staff productive minutes when she was in the game, accumulating 15 points and 12 rebounds, which notches her first double-double in her young career.
Even with a tough loss on the road in an historical environment, Hoyt will look to help her young team rebound for their next game.
“I am proud of the way we fought back in the second half, even though it might have been a half too late,” stated Hoyt. “We will have to get over this loss with a game in a two days.”
The Blue & Gold will now leave the Kansas City area and head to Denver Colo., to take on the Denver Pioneers on Friday, Nov. 9th at 8 p.m. CT.
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