KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (9-8, 3-1) defeated Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon, 73-45, at the Swinney Center.
The Roos handled the Lopes from the tip with a stifling defensive game plan that held Grand Canyon to 1-of-10 (10%) from three-point range. The Lopes came into Saturday’s contest leading the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (34.5%).
It was a redemption game for junior guard Ericka Mattingly as she was held to her lowest scoring outing as a Roo with four points in the loss against CSU Bakersfield on Thursday. Mattingly recorded most of her game-high 23 points in the first quarter, where she produced 11 points.
With the victory over the Lopes, UMKC I now just two wins away from achieving its total win mark of the 2017-2018 season at 11 victories.
UMKC forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) notched her fifth double-double (10 points and 12 rebounds) of the season as she controlled the paint for the Roos against a physical Lopes team.
Freshman guard Brooke Hampel (Huntsville, Ala.) and Mattingly would combine for 21 made free throws, which outpaced Grand Canyon’s total of 12.
The Roos held Grand Canyon to seven points in the opening stanza to gain a 10-point advantage entering quarter number two. Freshman forward Leilah Vigil would end up grabbing six of her team-high 11 rebounds in the first quarter of Saturday’s win.
“To hold Grand Canyon to 45 points is something to be proud of and I feel like we played like ourselves today,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt. “Ericka setting the tone for us today helped the team get a really good win to get over the loss we previously had.”
Hoyt talked about the Roos 3-1 record in conference play and what the team plans to do to keep pushing the bar.
“We want to get one percent better every day and I feel like we did that today and I feel like there is still room for improvement. I like where we are and we will keep focusing on the little things going forward.”
- The Blue & Gold hit the road and will head to Orem, Utah to face off with Utah Valley on Thursday, Jan. 24th at 12 p.m. CT
- In regards to WAC standings, Mattingly entered Saturday’s WAC showdown first in points (19.1), first in assists (6.6) and first in steals per game (3.3)
- Scoring 23 points in the win, Mattingly now has scored 20 points or more in 11 games this year
- The Roos had four players in double digits during Saturday’s win versus the Lopes
- Mattingly made a career-high 12 free throws in the win at Swinney Center on Saturday
- Mattingly secured her sixth double-double on the year (23 points and 11 rebounds) in UMKC’s rout over Grand Canyon
- This is the fourth straight victory over the Lopes for the Roos dating back to the 2016-17 season
- The Roos shot 21 of 54 (38.9%) from the court in Saturday’s win
- UMKC shot 27-of-35 (77.1) from the charity stripe
- Ivory nailed 2-of-4 three-point field goals against the Lopes, marking the 11th time she has made multiple three pointers in a game for UMKC
- With 48 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory is now 39 three-pointers away from tying Veda McNeal’s all-time single season record with 87 threes back in the ’92-’93 season
- Defensively, the 45 points allowed to Grand Canyon was a season best for the Roos against any D-I team
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