COLUMBIA, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (2-6) fell on the road against No. 23 ranked Missouri, 66-59, at Mizzou Arena Thursday night.
Senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) would nail her fourth point in the second quarter to eclipse the 1000 point mark in her career. Moore scored the career milestone on a layup with under two minutes to play in the first half.
“Kristen is a great player,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt. “To say that she is a part of the 1000 point club is a huge accomplishment that not many can say they have done.”
Coming out of halftime, UMKC trailed only by two to begin the second half. But the Tigers would go on a 14-3 run that would expand Missouri’s lead to 50-37 with under five minutes in the third quarter.
Continuing into the fourth quarter, the Roos would chip away at Missouri’s lead with six straight free throws to bring the Tigers lead to 10 with 4:16 left in the game. After a few jumpers made from Missouri forward Sophie Cunningham, the Tigers would eventually halt any comeback from the Roos down the stretch.
Hoyt gave her take on the end of the game when UMKC attempted to climb their way back into the game.
“Our team showed a tremendous amount of toughness down the stretch,” Hoyt elaborated. “We faced a lot of adversity with foul trouble and it was great to see players step up and take the lead when Ericka fouled out. We finished the game with three freshman on the court, which makes me very excited for our future.”
The Roos had struggled at some points to guard Cunningham, who scored 15 points on UMKC in the first half of play and 24 points overall for the game. Cunningham was voted on to the All-SEC Team before the season began.
Another stellar performance from junior Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.), who gave the Tigers fits all night on the court as she nailed a game-high 20 points on Thursday night. Mattingly has now has scored 20 points or more in five non-conference games this year.
Trailing by eight points in the second quarter, the Roos would tie up the game 30-30 all when junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) nailed two field goals and assisted on another that resulted in eight points, keeping the Tigers only up by two entering the half.
Sophomore guard Taylor Larson contributed to UMKC’s 16 point first quarter with a perfect 3 for 3 from the field and one block.
• The Blue & Gold return home for showdown with Missouri-St. Louis at Swinney Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 6th at 2 p.m. CT.
• Senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) became the 14th player in UMKC women’s basketball history to join the 1000 point club. Moore ended her night with six points and six rebounds at Mizzou Arena
• Moore now turns her focus to another milestone, as she is 12 rebounds away from accomplishing 500 rebounds as a Roo in her career
• In the loss at Columbia, Mo., Mattingly has now scored 20 points or more in five of the eight games this season
• Mattingly is now averaging 17.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game after Thursday night’s contest
• The Roos shot 80% (20 of 25) from the charity stripe Thursday night
• UMKC ranks first in blocks (3.8) and fifth in steals (8.4) among the WAC conference opponents
• Freshman Emily Ivory delivered a nice outing off the bench for UMKC, as she scored 18 points while going three of four from beyond the arc
• Ivory now sits eighth in three-point field goal percentage (36.2) for the WAC
• UMKC moved up to second in three-point field goal percentage (32.2) as well after the match-up in Columbia, Mo.
• The Roos forced the Tigers into 17 turnovers on Thursday night
• Freshman guard Brooke Hampel remains first in the WAC in field goal percentage for the season (56.4) after Thursday’s loss. Hampel made her first start of the season against Missouri
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