UMKC Secures Roo Holiday Classic Title with Second Half Surge Over Techsters
UMKC Athletics 12-21-2018
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (6-6) notched its second win of the Roo Holiday Classic with a second half surge against Louisiana Tech, 80-70, on Friday evening in Swinney Auditorium.

The Roos received another standout performance from junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) who recorded a career-high 29 points against the Techsters. Mattingly scored eight of her 29 points in the latter part of the game while beating the pressure from Louisiana Tech.

Mattingly was named the Holiday Classic MVP for her performances on Thursday and Friday.

Down by one coming out of half, UMKC fell behind after two three-point field goals from the Techsters. The Roos were able to bounce back and take the lead from the Techsters with two crucial three pointers from freshman guard  Emily Ivory.

LA Tech reclaimed the lead, but a third quarter buzzer beater by Ivory tied the game at 56-56 all into the fourth quarter. The Roos then went on a 10-0 run at the beginning of the final stanza to close the game out.

It was a first half battle between both teams with baskets being traded back and forth. Louisiana Tech guard Kierra Anthony led all scorers with 25 points through two quarters and finished the game with 38 points overall. Anthony sat in sixth place for scoring in the nation before Friday’s showdown (23.5 points per game)

UMKC battled its way back to bring the score to five points in the first period of play when junior Cristina Soriano (Valladolid, Spain) nailed a layup in the paint with over one minute to go to bring the score back to 21-18.

The Roos have now reached a .500 record for the first time all season and the six non-conference wins is the first time that any UMKC team has accomplished that feat since the 2011-12 season.

“Everyone from top to bottom is playing with a ton of confidence on our team right now,” commented head coach Jacie Hoyt.

“We are raising the bar each and every day when we go out on the court. Our group has come in with high expectations and standards and it is starting to show now during this part of the season.”

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Up Next
• The Blue & Gold stay home to take on Illinois State on Sunday, Dec. 30th at 2 p.m. CT.

Quick Facts
• It is the first time since the 2011-12 season that UMKC has won six games in non-conference play
• In the win against LA Tech, Mattingly has now scored 20 points or more in nine of the 12 games this season
• Going into more statistics, Mattingly is now tied for 16th in the nation with 62 assists on the year
• Mattingly leads the WAC in points (19.8), assists (6.7) and steals per game (3.0) after Friday’s victory
• The Roos had three players in double digits during Friday’s win against LA Tech
• Another great day from the charity stripe for Mattingly as she made 10 of 11 free throws versus the Techsters, one off of her career high in yesterday’s game against the SIUE
• As a team, UMKC ranks second in points (74.5) and fifth in rebounds per game (38.3) in the WAC
• The Roos shot 28 of 63 (44.4%) from the court in Friday’s win
• Ivory nailed five threes on the night, which put her in the top five in the WAC for three-point field goal percentage (36.5)
• Freshman forward Leilah Vigil leads the WAC in total field goal percentage (54.2)
• UMKC has scored 80 or more points in six games this season

All-Tournament Team

  • Kierra Anthony (La Tech) Sr. Guard

  • Danielle Gitzen (Missouri State) Sr. Guard

  • Leilah Vigil (UMKC) Fr. Forward

  • Christen King (SIUE) So. Guard

  • Jasmine Franklin (Missouri State) Fr. Forward

  • Ericka Mattingly (UMKC) Jr. Guard (MVP)

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