LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The UMKC women’s basketball team will look to continue its three-game winning streak against New Mexico State in the semifinal round of the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 10 at 2 p.m. CT.
About the Roos
UMKC (10-18, 4-10) is led in scoring by junior Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.), who is averaging 12.1 points per game, shooting 39.9 percent (122-for-306) from the field, including 34.2 percent (55-for-161) from behind the three-point arc. Junior Kiana Law (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is leading the team in boards, grabbing 5.9 per game.
With the No. 5-seeded UMKC’s 77-69 win over No. 4 UT Rio Grande Valley in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday, the Roos extended their win streak to three-straight and have won four of their last five games. The loss to CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 23 was by just two points, as UMKC fell to the Roadrunners, 65-63.
UMKC came from trailing by 18 points in the first quarter to end the second half on a 19-0 run over 6:56 and extended its run into the third quarter, going 29-1 in a stretch of over 10 minutes. Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) contributed 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the team.
The Roos’ comeback win against UTRGV is the largest of its kind since overcoming a 16-point deficit against LIU Brooklyn in 2012. It also marks the first WAC Tournament win in program history, as well as the first win as a five-seed in any postseason conference tournament.
Senior Ceidra Coleman (Bryan, Texas) missed eight games due to injury, dating back to Jan. 12, but has been the main reason for the team’s recent success. In the last five games, Coleman has averaged 10.4 points per game behind 51.0 percent (25-for-49) shooting from the field alongside Moore, who is averaging 10.8 points per game. Both Moore and Lyndsay Leikem (Tucson, Ariz.) have been grabbing 6.8 rebounds per game while Coleman has dished out 26 assists. Over the last five outings, senior Kelsey Barrett (Kansas City, Mo.) has led the team in shooting percentage, going 14-for-23 (60.9 percent) from the field and 9-for-15 (60.0 percent) from behind the three-point arc.
As a team, UMKC has been out-scoring its opponents by 8.6 points in its last five games. The Roos have also been out-rebounding their opponents and have been shooting from the field, behind the arc and from the charity stripe at a higher percentage than their opponents.
The Roos entered the 2017 WAC Tournament on a two-game winning streak after finishing the regular season with a 71-55 victory at Chicago State on March 4. Barrett led UMKC with a career-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Coleman finished with 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
UMKC closed its home portion of the schedule with a 77-65 victory over Grand Canyon on Feb. 25. Redshirt junior India Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) led the Roos in scoring with 19 points off the bench, going 5-for-11 from the field, 3-for-6 from behind the arc and a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
For the first time in nearly two months, the Roos were healthy and used its depth to deal Chicago State a 62-53 setback on Feb. 18 to open their final home stand of the season. Moore had a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. In her first game back from an injury, Coleman tallied a team-high 14 points, going 7-for-10 from the field with three assists and one steal.– UMKC –