KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (3-6) defeated Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday afternoon, 92-63, in Swinney Auditorium.
In another dominating performance, the Roos clicked on all cylinders on the offensive end from start to finish. Junior Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) notched another double-double (21 points and 12 assists) on the afternoon, marking the third time this season she has fallen in that category.
The Roos nailed nine three pointers against the Tritons, opening up the paint for forwards Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) and Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.), who combined for 23 points in the route against Missouri-St. Louis.
At the start of the game, UMKC created a 10 point advantage over the Tritons off of junior forward Awal Ajak’s perfect first quarter. Ajak nailed both of her threes which resulted in a 10 point first quarter for the junior college all-american.
UMKC expanded its lead over UMSL in the first half with a 7-0 run early in quarter number two, making the score 34-17. Mattingly would go on to dominate the first half of play, scoring 18 points while racking up five assists and four steals heading into the break.
Head coach Jacie Hoyt elaborated on the Roos current trend as the team has won three of their four last games.
“I would say our maturity and toughness has been key for our team as of late,” commented Hoyt. “Having so many new players who have not played at this level yet, it has been a surprise at first for them but I really have seen us grow in toughness on the court and really understand consistency in practice.
Coming out of the half, UMKC led by a score of 46-32 before nailing four three-pointers to head into the final quarter leading 74-50. The Roos would continue to dominate in the fourth quarter to come away with the victory.
• The Blue & Gold will head up north to compete against Loyola-Chicago in Chicago, Ill., on Sunday, Dec. 16th at 12 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 on Thursday night against the Tigers. She was offered with a game ball displaying her historic achievement after Sunday’s win in Swinney Auditorium
• With four rebounds in the win versus Missouri-St. Louis, Moore now has to grab eight rebounds to accomplish 500 rebounds as a Roo in her career
• In the win on Sunday afternoon, Mattingly has now scored 20 points or more in six of the nine games this season
• The Roos shot 36 of 60 (60%) from the field in the win versus the Tritons
• Freshman Emily Ivory keeps draining from long range, as she made two threes against Missouri-St. Louis and a total of 10 points overall
• The Roos forced the Tritons into 19 turnovers on Sunday afternoon
• Freshman guard Brooke Hampel started her second game of the season. Hampel scored 12 points in Swinney Auditorium, shooting 5 of 11 (46%) from the field
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