MANHATTAN, Kan. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (0-4) lost to Kansas State on Sunday afternoon, 61-50, at Bramlage Coliseum.
Returning to the Sunflower State for another showdown with a Big 12 opponent, UMKC put together a quality first half that resulted in a two-point deficit (28-26) heading into halftime. Sophomore guard Taylor Larson (Huxley, Iowa) closed out the first half strong, scoring the team's final six points to bring the Roos' deficit back down to a two-point game.
When the third quarter began, the Wildcats expanded their lead on a 12-2 run, increasing the margin to 12.
During the last six minutes of the game, UMKC pushed their offensive tempo and narrowed Kansas State’s lead to a nine-point advantage. The Roos would close the gap at 50-41 before Kansas State pulled away the rest of the game.
Larson helped keep the Roos afloat with a season-high 13 points while grabbing six rebounds. Junior forward Awal Ajak (Des Moines, Iowa) came away with 11 points, while redshirt senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) finished with 10 to round out the UMKC double-figure scorers.
UMKC head coach Jacie Hoyt commented on today’s Big 12 showdown in Manhattan, Kan.
“Offensively we had some players step up and make shots,” elaborated Hoyt. “That was important for us because of Ericka (Mattingly) struggling today.”
Hoyt, however, felt that the preparation leading up to Sunday’s matchup put the Roos in a good position to come out with a potential win at Kansas State.
“I’m very proud of the way we competed today, especially in the first half. We focused all week on fixing things we needed to improve on from the week before and without a doubt I felt we did that today despite the outcome.”
Kansas State junior point guard Peyton Williams notched a double-double on the day, consisting of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Williams would tack on four assists.
• The Roos will now head to Tulsa, Okla., to face off with Oral Roberts on Tuesday, Nov. 20th at 7 p.m. CT for the last game of the road trip. UMKC will then return to Swinney for the 2018-2019 home opener with George Mason on Friday, Nov. 23rd at 2 p.m. CT
• With 10 points in the today’s matchup with the Wildcats, senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) is now 38 points away from achieving 1000 career points in a UMKC uniform.
• Freshmen have played significant minutes for coach Hoyt, as forward Leilah Vigil grabbed 16 rebounds on the afternoon. Her 16 rebounds are a season high for any Roo player in 2018 and Vigil currently ranks fourth in the WAC in overall rebounding with 35.
• As a team, UMKC shot 17-for-59 (28.8%) from the field and 5-for-12 (41.7%) from the charity stripe.
• Taylor Larson made 4-of-6 from the three-point line on her way to a career high 13 points
• UMKC forced 15 turnovers which led to seven points. In all three games this year, the defense has forced at least 15 turnovers, with a season-best of 17 against Denver on Nov .9.
• The Roos were outrebounded by the Wildcats by a 50-38 margin.
• Kansas State never trailed in the contest.
• The Roos had three players in double figures: Larson, Moore and Ajak.
• As a team, UMKC was firing from the 3-point line, going 11-of-29 from long distance. The total output was three shy of the school record.
• After two 20 point outings to start off the 2018 season, junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) could only muster up five points on 1-of-14 shooting.
• K State Preseason Big 12 selection Kayla Goth was held to seven points and six rebounds. The scoring output is 10 below her average.
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