KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (1-5) defeated Peru State on Thursday night, 98-62, at Swinney Auditorium.
Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) nailed a triple-double (15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists) late in the fourth quarter with under three minutes to play. Mattingly now has back to back double-doubles for the Roos, creating mismatches on all ends of the court for opposing defenses in the recent weeks.
It was an all-around stellar performance for a Roos team that was stout on the both ends of the court. Defensively, UMKC forced 25 turnovers on the night, which were a season high. With a 16 point lead heading into the last stretch, UMKC pulled away from the Bobcats to secure its first win on the season.
Coming out of halftime with a 43-34 lead, UMKC widened their mark with a 9-0 run to begin quarter number three, which made the score 52-34. The Roos would turn to their full court press to maintain the pressure on the Bobcats as the quarter closed out with UMKC taking a 19-14 advantage.
In the first half of play, junior forward Cristina Soriano (Valladolid, Spain) became a threat in the paint once again against the Bobcats as she scored 14 points while grabbing five rebounds and blocking two shots. Soriano shot 7 of 10 in the paint in the first half. The Valladolid, Spain native ended the night with a double-double as well, posting 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Head coach Jacie Hoyt gave her thoughts on the team’s performance and the effort specifically on the defensive end.
“Defense has been a huge emphasis all week coming into the game,” stated Hoyt. “We really set the tone on the defensive end with our press so that was a huge positive for us today.”
The offense had an efficient night as the team shot 50.0% from the field during the route against Peru state.
“We had 70 points in the paint and a lot of that was from our transition offense,” commented Hoyt. “That is really how we want to play. We want to get out and run the lanes which we were able to do tonight.”
• The Blue & Gold hit the road to compete against Summit League opponent North Dakota State on Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 1 p.m. CT
• Senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) achieved a double-double (14 points and rebounds) in the match-up with the Bobcats. Moore has now posted back to back double-digit point games for the Roos
• With today’s performance, Moore now stands 11 points away from achieving 1000 career points in a Roos uniform.
• With the triple-double tonight, Mattingly became the second player ever to accomplish this feat behind Kaycee Kapels back in 1999
• Mattingly keeps filling up the stat sheet as she now sits fifth in points per game (15.8), first in assists per game (6.3) and first in steals per game (3.2) for the WAC Conference after the match-up with the Bobcats
• The Roos had six players in double figures on Thursday night
• UMKC ranks first in the WAC in rebounds per game (41.7)
• UMKC now ranks second in team scoring (61.0) for the WAC after Thursday’s contest, only trailing California Baptist (71.1)
• Defensively, the Roos created 25 turnovers on defense while blocking 10 shots against Peru State
• Leilah Vigil keeps getting rebounds for the Roos as she sits fourth in the WAC with 9.7 rebounds per game
• It was a stellar night for Soriano, who had a career high 20 points and 12 rebounds for UMKC. Soriano ranks third in the WAC for blocks per game (1.3)
• Freshman guard Brooke Hampel sits atop the WAC in field goal percentage for the season (61.5%)
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