KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (0-5) dropped their home opener to George Mason (4-2) on Friday afternoon, 91-84, in Swinney.
With under four and half minutes to play, freshman guard Emily Ivory scored her second three-point field goal of the fourth quarter, bringing the lead back to a six-point deficit at 79-73. George Mason would nail 10-of-12 free throw attempts in the final minute of play however, preventing the Roos from securing a late-game comeback.
During the eight minute mark in the fourth quarter, junior guard Ericka Mattingly secured a steal and tied the game at 63-63. After the Patriots had taken a 76-70 lead with under four minutes to play, Mattingly fouled out of the game. The Roos turned to Ivory, who nailed seven three-point shots on the afternoon leading to a season high 21 points.
Trailing in the third quarter, the Roos were able to narrow the Patriots lead to eight through junior forward Awal Ajak’s three-point field goals, making the score 61-53 George Mason entering the fourth.
With the starters struggling at various points through the game, Head Coach Jacie Hoyt turned to her bench to find a spark on the court. Junior forward Cristina Soriano and freshman guards Brooke Hampel and Ivory combined for 38 points on the afternoon.
It was a packed house in Swinney for the first game of the 2018-2019 season. The crowd noise gave the Roos energy and enthusiasm in the highly anticipated matchup with George Mason, a team who currently has the top ranked player in scoring in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Hoyt gave her remarks on the first home game of the regular season.
“We had great production off the bench and a lot of offensive weapons in general in today’s game,” commented Hoyt. “Emily Ivory made some big-time shots and Cristina Soriano was a great post presence for us. I’m excited to see our role players continue to step up and grow within their roles. Once we get all of our pieces in place we will be one step closer to being a great team.”
• The Roos will return to Swinney to face off with Peru State on Thursday, Nov. 29th at 7 p.m. CT
• Redemption game for senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) who put up 13 points in the match-up with George Mason after being shut out during the team’s trip to Oral Roberts on Tuesday
• With today’s performance, Moore remains 25 points away from achieving 1000 career points in a Roos uniform
• UMKC held George Mason’s Nicole Cardano-Hillary to 16 points in Friday’s contest, six points below her season average (22.4)
• Mattingly recorded a double-double (12 points and 11 assists) in Friday’s matchup, her first of the season
• UMKC is second in the WAC in rebounds per game (41.3)
• The Roos are now ranked sixth in team scoring (61.0) for the WAC after Friday’s contest
• Ivory nailed a season high seven three pointers (7 of 10) for the Roos against George Mason, which is the most since the 2009-2010 season.
• Junior forward Cristina Soriano gave the Roos a nice outing off the bench, delivering 12 points and five rebounds
• UMKC produced more steals (nine) and blocks (two) than the Patriots (seven and zero) on the afternoon
• The Roos 13 three point field goals made on Friday afternoon are the most since 11/20/13, when UMKC scored 11 three point field goals against Toledo
• Freshman guard Brooke Hampel helped keep the Roos in the game with being assigned defensively on the Patriots’ Cardano-Hillary
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