RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (8-7) defeated California Baptist on Thursday night, 78-74, at the CBU Events Center behind a 30-point performance from junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.).
With under a minute and a half left to play in the game and trailing by one, Mattingly nailed a three pointer with 1:07 left in the fourth period to help UMKC keep the lead for good.
Senior Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) scored two crucial lay ups in the latter part of the final stanza to help conquer California Baptist down the stretch.
It was a dominating performance from Mattingly, who produced another career high in points in the win over the Lancers and became the first Roo all season to hit the 30-point mark in a game. Her 10 rebounds also marked the fifth time that she has produced a double-double in a UMKC uniform with her last one dating back to Dec. 20th in the win over SIUE.
The last time a UMKC player scored 30 points or more in conference game came from Aries Washington on Feb. 24th, 2018 against New Mexico State.
After trailing for the entire first half of play, UMKC fought its way back to down the Lancers and move to 2-0 in conference play. This is the first time UMKC has won its first two conference games since joining the WAC back in the 2012-13 season.
Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) continued to score from beyond the arc, nailing 3 of 8 three pointers and scoring 11 points overall.
UMKC has now won back to back games on the road for the first time all season. The Roos converted 16 of 24 from the charity stripe and produced 19 points off of turnovers, paving the way to a victory in the CBU Events Center.
“This was a huge road win for us,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt. “California Baptist is a great team that I have a lot of respect for. Kristen Moore made some big time baskets when we needed them the most and then Ericka Mattingly took over and made the big plays to finish the game.
Hoyt also elaborated on the difference maker for the outcome of the game against the Lancers.
“This game came down to defending the three point line and winning the rebound battle,” commented Hoyt. “Our team did a great job on both tonight.”
• The Blue & Gold return back home for a match up with CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, Jan. 17th at 6 p.m. CT.
• With the win at California Baptist, UMKC has now won its first two games in conference play for the first time since joining the WAC
• In regards to WAC standings, Mattingly entered Thursday’s game first in points (19.4), first in assists (6.6) and first in steals per game (3.4)
• With 30 points in the win, Mattingly improves her 20 point mark in a game to 10 on the season
• Mattingly nailed a career-high six three pointers in the road test at Riverside, Calif.
• Seven players scored overall for the Roos on Thursday night
• The Roos had three players in double digits during Thursday’s win versus the Lancers
• The Roos shot 26 of 76 (34.2%) from the court in Thursday’s win
• Ivory nailed 3 of 8 three-point field goals against the Lancers, marking the ninth time she has made multiple three pointers in a game for UMKC
• Ivory sits second in three point field goal percentage (38.8) in the WAC after Thursday’s win
• UMKC won the turnover battle at 11-15 on Thursday night
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