FARGO, N.D. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (2-5) completed a come-from behind victory to defeat North Dakota State on Sunday afternoon, 69-59, at Scheels Arena.
Trailing for most of the game against the Bison, junior Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) helped lead a 17-0 run for UMKC over the final 4:30 of the game. Mattingly took control of the game in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of her 23 points in the latter part of the game which included two three-point field goals to seal the win. The Wichita, Kan., native scored 21 of her 23 points in the second half of play as well.
“Ericka got in some early foul trouble that made it hard to get in a rhythm,” commented head coach Jacie Hoyt. “When she does get in a rhythm, she is hard to guard. She did everything we needed her to do at the right time today.”
The defense for the Roos paid dividends in the game as North Dakota State was forced into 19 turnovers, leading to 20 points, which gave UMKC the opportunity to storm back and clinch the win down the stretch in Fargo, N.D.
After being down 53-44 with under two minutes to play in the third quarter, the Roos completed a 6-0 run that narrowed North Dakota State’s lead to just three heading into the last part of the game.
UMKC spread the wealth in the first half of play as seven players scored for the Roos before heading into quarter number three. Junior Cristina Soriano (Valladolid, Spain) gave the Roos a boost off the bench with six points and two rebounds.
“We knew it would be a grind all game and it would come down to the fourth quarter,” stated Hoyt. “Our defense was the ultimate factor that separated us down the stretch.”
• The Blue & Gold continues its road trip when the team travels back to the Show-Me-State to take on Missouri in Columbia, Mo., on Thursday, Dec. 6th at 7 p.m. CT.
• Senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) played 37 minutes against the Bison, tacking on eight points and four rebounds in the process
• With today’s performance, Moore now stands just three points away from achieving 1000 career points in a Roos uniform. She is also 18 rebounds away from accomplishing 500 rebounds as a Roo as well.
• In the win at Fargo, N.D., Mattingly has now scored 20 points or more in four of the seven games this season
• UMKC ranks first in blocks (3.9) and fifth in steals (9.0) among the WAC conference opponents
• Leilah Vigil continues to be a presence in the post, as she now sits fourth in rebounds per game (9.0) in the WAC while ranking eighth in points (12.3)
• Mattingly keeps filling up the stat sheet as she now sits third in points (16.9), first in assists (5.9) and first in steals per game (2.9) in the WAC
• The Roos forced the Bison into 19 turnovers on the afternoon
• UMKC ranks third in the WAC in rebounds per game (40.4)
• Freshman guard Brooke Hampel sits first in the WAC in field goal percentage for the season (62.5) after Sunday’s win over the Bison
• Soriano remains third in blocks per game (1.3) in the WAC
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