KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women's basketball team (8-8, 2-1) fell to CSU Bakersfield on Thursday night, 57-67, at the Swinney Center. Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) continued to deliver from beyond the arc, nailing 6-of-8 from three-point range and 22 points overall.
Holding a 52-49 lead entering the third quarter, the Roos would go cold in the final stanza, shooting 1-of-12 from the floor while giving up 18 points to the Roadrunners on the defensive end
The Roos fought through the constant pressure from the Roadrunners all night on the offensive end. Younger players stepped up for UMKC in this game with three freshman scoring in double figures and combining for a total of 41 points against CSU Bakersfield.
Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) recorded her lowest scoring outing as a Roo, producing four points from the field but contributed all over the floor, posting five assists and nine rebounds against the Roadrunners.
This was the first loss in conference play for the Roos, who started off with a 2-0 conference lead for the first time since joining the WAC conference back in the 2013-14 season.
Freshman guard Brooke Hampel (Huntsville, Ala.) led all scorers in the first period with seven points and four rebounds. Hampel ended her night with 10 points and seven rebounds while shooting 2 of 5 from beyond the arc for the Roos.
“I think Bakersfield had a really great game plan and did a good job at taking Ericka (Mattingly) out of the game,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt. “The freshman did exactly what we needed them to do in stepping up and scoring for us. I am proud of how Emily (Ivory) shot the ball and if she continues to do that, it will open up the floor and spread things out for us going forward.”
Hoyt elaborated on what the game came down to in the end.
“This game came down to toughness today and Bakersfield was the tougher team,” commented Hoyt. “For us it is really about getting back to who we are and being tough. With that comes rebounding and valuing the basketball as well.”
• The Blue & Gold will continue their home stand when Grand Canyon arrives on Saturday, Jan. 19th at 2 p.m. CT
• In regards to the WAC standings, Mattingly still stands first in points (19.1), first in assists (6.6) and first in steals per game (3.3)
• Scoring four points in the loss, Mattingly remains at 10 games in scoring 20 points or more in a game on the year
• UMKC now sits in third place in the WAC standings following Thursday's defeat
• The Roos had three players in double digits during Thursday's loss versus the Roadrunners
• The Roos shot 18 of 55 (33%) from the court in Thursday's loss
• Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo) was close to notching her sixth double-double of the season as she recorded 11 points and nine rebounds Thursday night
• Ivory nailed 6 of 8 three-point field goals against the Roadrunners, marking the tenth time she has made multiple three pointers in a game for UMKC
• With 46 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory is now 41 three-pointers away from tying Veda McNeal's all-time single season record with 87 threes back in the '92-'93 season
• CSU Bakersfield secured 18 steals Thursday night in the Swinney Center
• Ivory sits first in three point field goal percentage (41.4) in the WAC after Thursday's loss
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