KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (15-14, 9-7) defeated Chicago State on senior day, 100-50, at the Swinney Center. Kristen Moore, playing her last game at home in a UMKC jersey, finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Leading by four midway at the beginning of the second period, UMKC would produce a 26-2 run to finish the half against the Cougars and never left any doubt the rest of the contest.
Defense played a part in the 50-point victory for the Roos today as the Cougars were forced into 27 turnovers, with 17 of those coming in the first half.
Chicago State would go on to score 32 points the rest of the game but could not overcome UMKC’s 44-point second half performance.
The bench unit contributed in a big way for UMKC today as five players combined for 31 points. Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) and junior forward Awal Ajak (Des Moines, Iowa) would combine for 23 points off the bench.
Junior guard Ericka Mattingly would commit three early fouls but ended her night with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists to lead UMKC to its ninth conference victory of the season.
UMKC has now won 15 games for the first time since the 2009-10 season, when the Roos finished with a 16-16 record.
This is the second 50-point victory of the year against Chicago State for UMKC and its fourth series sweep in conference play.
The win also marks the seventh consecutive victory over the Cougars in WAC play for the Roos.
"We got off to a bit of a slow start today, but I thought our team did a good job of flipping the switch after the first quarter," stated head coach Jacie Hoyt.
Hoyt would go on to sum up Moore's impact on the program during her four years at UMKC.
"It was really important to us to send Kristen (Moore) off on a good note on our home court one last time," commented Hoyt. "She has made a tremendous impact in our program both on and off the court. She has been instrumental in laying the foundation that we have built and I am grateful to her as a player and person for that."
- The Blue & Gold turn their attention to the WAC Tournament which starts next Wednesday, Mar. 13th. Stay tuned for more news on who the Roos will be taking on in the quarterfinals round.
- In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Saturday’s showdown 41st in points per game (19.0), ninth in total assists (174) and 10th in steals per game (3.3)
- Scoring 19 points in the win, Mattingly remains at 16 games for scoring 20 points or more in a game this year.
- Senior Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) finished her last home game with another double-digit performance (16 points)
- The Roos had six players in double digits during Saturday’s win versus the Cougars
- The Roos shot 36 of 72 (50.0%) from the court in Saturday’s win
- UMKC shot 17 of 26 (65.4%) from the charity stripe
- Freshman guard Emily Ivory went 2 of 5 from three-point range today against the Cougars, improving to 20 games where she has made multiple three pointers for the Roos.
- With 78 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory remains nine 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 Chicago State at a 47-28 margin
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