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Late Game Heroics by Ivory Pushes UMKC Past Utah Valley in Battle for First Place
UMKC Athletics 1-24-2019
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OREM, Utah. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (10-8, 4-1) defeated Utah Valley on Thursday afternoon in a back-and-forth game, 68-64, at the Lockhart Arena. Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) nailed three crucial three-pointers to help UMKC jump ahead in the final minutes of the game.

UMKC held a 65-64 lead with eight seconds to play when Ivory made two free throws to bring UMKC’s lead to three over the Wolverines. Utah Valley’s Madison Grange attempted to tie the game with three seconds left but her jumper hit off the rim, securing UMKC’s third conference road victory on the season.  

Closing in on five minutes to play in the game, Ivory nailed back-to-back threes to tie the game 60-60 all. Ivory would finish Thursday’s contest with 19 points off the bench.

“Emily made some big time shots down the stretch to help us pull out a win,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt.

Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) notched another 20-point game for the Roos, recording 20 points and six assists on the afternoon. Mattingly would also secure six steals in the win over the Wolverines.

Senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) shot 7 of 10 (70%) from the field and scored 18 points in the road victory over Utah Valley.

With the victory over the Wolverines, UMKC is now just one win away from achieving its total win mark of the 2017-2018 season at 11 victories. The Roos now sit tied for first place with New Mexico State in the conference standings, leaping over Utah Valley in the win.

The Roos took a 16-10 advantage heading into quarter number two with seven early points from Mattingly, who started off the game going 3 of 3 from the field.

Hoyt also mentioned her team’s composure and overcoming many obstacles during the win at Lockhart Arena.

“I’m so proud of the way our team overcame adversity today,” commented Hoyt. “Utah Valley is a great team that plays tough defense. The noise of the gym was deafening due to their Kids Day outing. You name it, we overcame it today.”

Utah Valley was led by Jordan Holland, who scored 16 points on 5 of 14 shooting for the Wolverines.

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Up Next

  • The Blue & Gold continue their road trip up to Seattle, Wash., to face off with Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 26th at 4 p.m. CT.

Quick Facts

  • In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Thursday’s showdown 32nd in points (19.4) and tenth in total assists (105) in the nation
  • Ivory scored 11 or her 19 points in the final five minutes of the game
  • Scoring 20 points in the win, Mattingly now has scored 20 points or more in 12 games this year
  • The Roos had three players in double digits during Thursday’s win versus the Wolverines
  • Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) grabbed 10 rebounds in the win, marking the ninth time she has recorded 10 or more rebounds in a game this season
  • The Roos shot 25 of 56 (44.6%) from the court in Thursday’s win
  • UMKC shot 9 of 11 (81.8%) from the charity stripe
  • Ivory nailed 5 of 9 three-point field goals against the Wolverines, marking the 12th time she has made multiple three pointers in a game for UMKC
  • With 53 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory is now 34 three-pointers away from tying Veda McNeal’s all-time single season record with 87 threes back in the ’92-’93 season
  • The Roos outrebounded Utah Valley at 35-29 margin

 

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