DENVER, Colo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (0-2) fell to the Denver Pioneers (1-0) on Friday night at the Hamilton Gymnasium, 92-75.
“It was hard for us to dig out of the hole we made with another slow start to this game,” Head Coach Jacie Hoyt said. “Denver was a very fundamentally sound team that played the game the right way. This will be a great week for us to get back to practice and work on the things we need to fix.”
Individually, it was another great performance from Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.), as she is beginning to make a name for herself as a Roo. Mattingly delivered her second 20 point effort of the year against the Pioneers, scoring 23 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field, including 2-of-4 from three-point range, and 7-of-9 from the free throw line, while adding seven rebounds, six assists, a block and a steal.
After getting their first real taste of the 2018-2019 schedule against Kansas on Wednesday night, UMKC came out of the gates slow from the beginning in the matchup against the Pioneers and struggled to climb their way back into the game.
In the opening quarter, the Roos went down 13 midway through, but an 8-0 run, featuring six points from Mattingly and the final two from Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.), pulled the Roos within five less than two minutes later.
UMKC closed the gap to four twice over the final four minutes, at 16-12 and 19-15, but the Pioneers came away leading the opening stanza 29-18.
Brooke Hampel (Huntsville, Ala.) opened the second quarter with a layup, to make it a single digit advantage for Denver, but the Pioneers stretched their lead to 17 at the 3:05 mark of the quarter.
The lead remained at 17 with just under two minutes left in the half, but Kansas City continued to fight down the stretch, closing the half on an 8-1 run to make it 49-39 at the break.
Coming out of halftime, Denver scored the opening two baskets before a Mattingly three off an assist from Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) cut the lead to 12. UMKC, though, was unable to get no closer over the remainder of the third quarter as DU closed the period up 70-53.
In the fourth, the Roos would cut the lead to as little as 15, but the Pioneers held on for the 92-75 victory.
Off the bench, Hampel posted a double-double for UMKC, registering 17 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with two steals, an assist and a block, and in her return to Colorado, freshman Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) finished with 13 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes of play.
Completing the road trip to the Rocky Mountains, the Roos will return to the sunflower state to take on Big 12 foe Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan.,, on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 1 p.m. CT.
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