TULSA, Okla. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (0-4) fell Tuesday night to Oral Roberts (2-3), 75-64, in the Mabee Center after a late, pressured-filled rally that fell just short as the final buzzer sounded.
It was a strong first half for UMKC, who matched up with the Golden Eagles in every aspect of the game entering quarter number one. Both teams traded basket for basket, which ended with an 18-18 tie heading into the second. During the second period, though, Oral Roberts went on an 8-0 run that would send the Golden Eagles into halftime with a 39-28 lead.
Coming out of the break, freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) answered for the Roos with five consecutive points to narrow Oral Roberts lead to just six midway through the third quarter. Oral Roberts countered with a pair of three-point field goals, but the Roos stormed back with aggressive plays from Vigil, trimming the Golden Eagles lead to just nine heading into the final stanza.
UMKC, however, was unable to complete its fourth quarter rally, as ORU came away with the narrow victory over the Roos.
Vigil ended her night in Tulsa, Okla., with a career high 24 points while tacking on 14 rebounds for UMKC, leading the squad in both categories.
“Leilah had another outstanding performance on the glass,” stated Head Coach Jacie Hoyt. “Rebounding is a matter of who has the most heart and it is evident that she plays with an extreme amount of heart and passion.”
Vigil was also complimented by junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.), who added 20 points and eight rebounds of her own.
“Our team is still learning how to put four quarters together,” commented Hoyt. “It is a hard thing to do when you have such a short bench like we do at the moment due to injuries. When we can piece it all together, we will be a great team.”
• The Roos will return to Swinney for the 2018-2019 home opener with George Mason on Friday, Nov. 23rd at 2 p.m. CT
• Senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) remains 38 points away from achieving 1000 career points in a Roos uniform.
• Bounce back game for junior guard Ericka Mattingly, who notched 20 points on the evening while obtaining eight rebounds
• Vigil remains second in the WAC conference in rebounds per game (12.3) after Tuesday’s night’s game
• Mattingly ranks third in the WAC conference in points per game (17.0) with the completion of the Oral Roberts game
• Bench points came at premium in Tuesday’s match-up, as Oral Roberts delivered 29 points compared to UMKC’s five points
• Sophomore guard Taylor Larson ranks fourth in the WAC with a 46.2% three-point field goal percentage on the season.
• The Roos shot 24 of 61 (39.3%) on field goal attempts in the Mabee Center
• Free throws paid dividends for UMKC, as the team converted 11 of 14 from the charity stripe
• Defensively, UMKC finished with 11 steals and forced 15 Golden Eagle turnovers
• On the glass, UMKC out-rebounded Oral Roberts with a 41-35 margin
• UMKC is third in the WAC in rebounds per game (41.3)
• The Roos have jumped into the top five for points per game (61.0) in the WAC Rankings
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