SEATTLE, Wash. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (11-8, 5-1) defeated Seattle U, 86-62, at the Redhawk Center. The Roos continued their hottest start in conference history with a convincing win on both ends of the court.
With the hot hands of Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) and Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) being taken out for much of the game, UMKC was lifted up by different role players to secure its 11th win on the season, tying the win total of last season’s 11-19 squad.
The Roos grabbed a 20-13 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back in the rout over the Redhawks.
Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) delivered off the bench for UMKC in the game as she recorded 22 points and 16 rebounds against Seattle U. Her 16 rebounds tied a career high dating back to the Nov. 18th matchup against Kansas State.
Junior guard Awal Ajak (Des Moines, Iowa) and freshman guard Jonaie Johnson (Chicago, Ill.) provided the Roos a boost outside the starting lineup as Ajak nailed five triples for 15 points while Johnson scored a season high 15 points, with 11 of those points coming in the second period of play.
“Awal and Jonaie made some big shots that were timely against their triangle defense,” commented head coach Jacie Hoyt. “It was great to see Jo get in a rhythm as she has been working back from a hand injury.”
The bench unit for UMKC combined for 52 points on the day, all coming from Vigil, Ajak and Johnson. The three role players shot 16 of 28 (57.1%) from the floor for Hoyt’s squad.
With the win on Saturday afternoon, UMKC remains in a tie for first place in the WAC with New Mexico State.
The Roos were in early foul trouble in quarter number one as Mattingly and Ivory both picked up two early fouls, forcing both to exit during the middle of the period. Both players combined for just 10 points in the win over the Seattle U.
“Today was a great win because we had so many players contribute,” stated Hoyt. “It was the definition of a team effort. Our kids did a great job of stepping up and making Seattle pay for their defensive game plan”
Seattle U forward Joana Alves scored a team-high 19 points for the Redhawks on Saturday afternoon.
- The Blue & Gold return home to face off with New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 31st at 6 p.m. CT for sole possession of first place in the conference
- In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Saturday’s showdown 32nd in points (19.4) and ninth in total assists (114) in the nation
- Scoring 10 points in the win, Mattingly remains at 12 games for scoring 20 points or more this year
- The Roos had four players in double digits during Saturday’s win versus the Redhawks
- Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) grabbed 16 rebounds in the win, marking the 10th time she has recorded 10 or more rebounds in a game this season
- The Roos shot 33 of 65 (50.8%) from the court in Saturday’s win
- UMKC shot 12 of 14 (85.7%) from the charity stripe
- Ajak tied a career-high in points with 12 in the win over the Redhawks
- Freshman guard Emily Ivory went 0 of 3 from three-point range today against the Redhawks, staying at 12 games where she has made multiple three pointers for the Roos
- Vigil ranks sixth all-time in a single season with 181 rebounds for a UMKC freshman after Saturday's win
- With 53 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory remains 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 out rebounded Seattle U at a 36-25 margin
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