KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (6-7) fell to Illinois State on Sunday afternoon, 62-55, at Swinney Auditorium.
With the Roos trailing 52-50 with over one minute left to play, Illinois State would nail a jumper and a few free throws to close the game, snapping UMKC’s four-game winning streak.
UMKC would lead for most of the game until the five minute mark, when the Redbirds would regain the lead before holding off the Roos down the stretch. Junior guard Ericka Mattingly would foul out for the first time this season with under three minutes to play.
It was a low scoring affair in Sunday’s matchup that featured two of the top performers in the Midwest in UMKC's Mattingly and Redbirds forward Simone Goods. Mattingly grinded out a 16 point performance for UMKC while Goods contributed 20 points of her own.
Defensively, the Roos forced 16 turnovers which would turn into 13 points on the offensive end. The Roos won the turnover battle on Sunday afternoon at a 16-10 margin.
The loss against Illinois State was the first time UMKC has not scored 80 points or more since Dec. 9th versus Missouri-St. Louis.
The Roos would gain the lead from the Redbirds for the first time in the ballgame with a three-point shot from freshman guard Emily Ivory with under 6:30 left in the first half. Six players would score in the first half to give UMKC a 26-24 lead entering halftime.
“We just had a rough shooting day as we were 16 percent from the three point line,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt.
“I thought the difference in the game was our lack of rebounding and missing open shots throughout the game. This should be a great motivator for us to get back in the gym and prepare for our conference season.”
- The Blue & Gold hit the road to take on Chicago State in the first conference game of the season on Saturday, Jan. 5th at 1 p.m. CT.
- With 16 points in the loss, Mattingly remains at nine games for 20 points or more on the season
- Senior Kristen Moore scored a season-high 16 points in the loss to Illinois State
- The Roos had two players in double digits during Sunday’s loss versus the Redbirds
- Mattingly would foul out for the first time this season against the Redbirds
- The Roos shot 21 of 57 (37%) from the court in Sunday’s loss
- UMKC’s 55 points were the lowest since Dec. 6th at Missouri in which the team scored 59 points
- Ivory nailed two more three-point attempts, marking the seventh time she has made multiple three pointers in a game for UMKC
- The Roos won the turnover battle at 16-10 on Sunday afternoon
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