BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (12-12, 6-5) dropped its first Western Athletic Conference road game of the season at CSU Bakersfield, 85-71, at the Icardo Center.
Coming off a win down in Phoenix, Ariz., on Thursday night against Grand Canyon, the Roos could not overcome the performances Alexxus Gilbert and Ashley Austin of CSU Bakersfield, who combined for 52 points Saturday afternoon.
With under four minutes left in regulation, UMKC attempted to condense the Roadrunners’ 67-54 lead with a three-point play from senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.). However, the Roos would run into trouble with CSU Bakersfield’s Ashley Austin, who pushed the lead back to 13 with a pair of free throws with under three minutes remaining.
The Roadrunners would go on to make 16 free throws in the fourth period, icing any chances of a late UMKC comeback.
Moore made it tough in the second half for the Roadrunners however, pouring in 11 of her 16 points for the Roos.
Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) recorded her 10th double-double of the year in the loss to the Roadrunners. Six of her team-high 19 points would come in third quarter when the Roos were trimming at CSU Bakersfield’s lead.
Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) scored in double-figures once again, compiling 13 points while distributing six assists on the evening.
The loss snaps a six-game road winning streak for UMKC which started back on Dec. 16th in the win over Loyola-Chicago.
“Bakersfield came out very aggressive in the second half and our team did not match their intensity,” commented head coach Jacie Hoyt. “Our youth-filled team is still trying to learn how hard you have to play for a full 40 minutes. When we can do that, I’m excited to see where it will take us.”
- The Blue & Gold return home to the Swinney Center for a matchup with Seattle U on Thursday, Feb. 21st at 6 p.m. CT
- In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Saturday’s showdown 42nd in points per game (18.9), 10th in total assists (139) and 19th in steals per game (3.0)
- Scoring 13 points in the loss, Mattingly remains at 14 games for scoring 20 points or more in a game this year
- The Roos had four players in double digits during Saturday’s loss versus the Roadrunners
- Junior forward Awal Ajak has now made multiple three-pointers in back-to-back games for UMKC
- The Roos shot 26 of 59 (44.1%) from the court in Saturday’s loss
- UMKC shot 14 of 20 (70.0%) from the charity stripe
- Freshman guard Emily Ivory went 2 of 3 from three-point range today against the Roadrunners, marking 16 games where she has made multiple three pointers for the Roos
- With 64 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory remains 23 three-pointers away from tying Veda McNeal’s all-time single season record with 87 threes back in the ’92-’93 season
- The Roos were out rebounded by CSU Bakersfield at a 31-29 margin
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