KANSAS CITY, Mo.--The UMKC women’s basketball team (2-5) will look to extend their winning streak to three games when it faces off in Columbia, Mo., for a match-up with the Missouri Tigers this Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. Senior Kristen Moore is on the verge of UMKC glory as she is three points away from eclipsing the 1000 career points mark in a Roos uniform. She will look to become the 14th UMKC player to join this exclusive company on Thursday at Mizzou Arena
- About the Roos - It was a productive week for the Roos as the team finished 2-0 with a victory over North Dakota State on Sunday. Led by junior Ericka Mattingly, who scored a game-high 23 points, UMKC fought its way back in the fourth quarter with a game-ending 17-0 run to clinch the victory against the Bison.
- Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) received the WAC Player of the Week award for her performances against Peru State and North Dakota State this past week. During those two games, Mattingly averaged 19.0 points, 7.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game. Coming off of her performance versus the Bobcats, Mattingly secured the second triple-double in school history with a stat line of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists during Thursday’s route against Peru State. The last time a player accomplished that feat was from Kaycee Kapels on Jan. 2nd, 1999, who notched the first triple-double in UMKC women’s basketball history. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 16.9 points, 5.9 assists, 6.1 rebounds and a 34.2 percentage on three-point field goal attmepts. The Junior College All-American still stands high amongst the other prolific scoring guards in the WAC, as she ranks first in assists and third in points per game. Defensively, the Wichita, Kan., native has risen to first as well in the WAC for steals per game (2.9)
- WAC Standings - As a team, UMKC is now second in points (70.7) while garnering a spot at third in rebounding (40.4) and second in three-point field goal percentage (32.5)
- Preparing for the Tigers - Heading into Thursday’s match-up on a three-game winning streak, the Tigers look to expand upon their success when UMKC arrives in a non-conference showdown. With a 6-2 record for the season, Missouri looks to rely on Preseason All-SEC Team selection Sophie Cunningham to take charge on Thursday night against the Roos. Cunningham has averaged 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 30.1 minutes per game for the Tigers this season. The Tigers have won against quality opponents in non-conference play, which include powerhouse schools such as Duke and West Virginia.
- Vigil Making a Name for Herself - Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) generated a nice outing on Sunday with 10 points and five rebounds to help UMKC ovecome North Dakota State. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains fourth in rebounds per game (9.0) in the WAC
- Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Brooke Hampel (Huntsville, Ala.) has been efficient all year for UMKC, as she ranks first in the WAC conference in field goal percentage (62.5). Hampel is averaging 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game off the bench this season. In Sunday’s come-from behind victory against the Bison, Hampel produced a stat line of nine points and three rebounds on the afternoon.
- Last Season - In 2017-18, the Roos finished 11-19 overall and 7-7 in WAC play. On the season, UMKC picked up key WAC victories with an overtime win over Grand Canyon and sweeping the season series between UTRGV and Chicago State.
- Checking off a Career Milestone - Senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) is only three more points away from entering the 1000 career points club. So far in 2018, Moore has averaged 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists for the Roos. The Chicago, Ill., native is now 18 rebounds away from achieving 500 career rebounds for her time at UMKC. Ranking wise, Moore would be 14th on the UMKC all-time rebounding list
- Up Next - The Blue & Gold return home to take on Missouri-St. Louis in Swinney Auditorium on Dec. 9th at 2 p.m. CT
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