KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The UMKC women’s basketball team (7-7) continues its road trip for conference play when the team arrives on Thursday, Jan. 10th in Riverside, Calif., to take on California Baptist at 8 p.m. CT in the CBU Events Center.
About the Roos - Looking to rebound from the Dec. 23rd loss against Illinois State, UMKC came out firing on all cylinders to take the first game in conference play at Chicago State with a score of 111-58. Emily Ivory had a career day beyond the arc as she set a new school record with eight three-point field goals in the win against the Cougars. Ericka Mattingly had a personal record of her own as she recorded a career-high eight steals in the blowout victory in Chicago, Ill.
Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) keeps impressing each week the Roos take the court, as she fell just short of 20 points with a 19 point outing in the win over Chicago State on Saturday. Mattingly has now scored in double figures in all but one game this season. Mattingly’s stat line for the 2018-2019 season consists of averages of 19.4 points, 6.6 assists, 5.9 rebounds and a 80.6 percentage on free throw attempts. The Junior College All-American still stands high amongst the other prolific scoring guards in the WAC, as she is first in points (19.4), assists (6.6) and for steals per game (3.4). Mattingly was recently named WAC Player of the Week for her performances through Nov. 26-Dec. 2. Nationally, the junior guard ranks 31st in points and is in a tie for eighth place for assists on the year
Streaking Ahead in Non-Conference Play - For the first time since the 2011-12 season, UMKC won six non-conference games before entering conference play
WAC Standings - As a team, UMKC sits first in points (75.7) while garnering a spot at fourth in rebounding (37.9) and second in three-point field goal percentage (33.2)
Preparing for the Lancers - Entering its first season of WAC play, California Baptist will come into Thursday’s matchup with a 6-8 (0-2) record on the 2018-2019 season after being a member at the Division II level for over five seasons. Moving up to Division I status this season, the Lancers have relied on junior forward Britney Thomas to lead the team into a new era of Lancers’ basketball. Thomas leads the team in points (14.3) and rebounds per game (10.7). In regards to WAC standings, Thomas ranks third overall in total blocks on the season (22)
Vigil Making a Name For Herself - Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) remains a physical presence in the post for UMKC in 2018. The Montbello, Colo., native recorded another double-double for UMKC (18 points and 10 rebounds) in the win at Chicago State. This marks the fifth time Vigil has notched a double-double this season. In regards to rebounding, Vigil remains at fourth in rebounds per game (9.1) in the WAC while ascending to first in field goal percentage (53.5). Vigil was recently named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech back on Dec. 20-21st
Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 37 three-point shots made thus far in 2018, which includes a school record eight three-pointers in the first WAC conference game against Chicago State. Going in depth in her shot selection, Ivory has made a splash beyond the arc all year as she sits in second for three-point field goal percentage in the WAC (38.9). Ivory will look to continue to spread the floor for Jacie Hoyt’s squad when the team arrives in Riverside, Calif., on Thursday night
Last Season - In 2017-18, the Roos finished 11-19 overall and 7-7 in WAC play. On the season, UMKC picked up key WAC victories with an overtime win over Grand Canyon and sweeping the season series between UTRGV and Chicago State.
Checking off a Career Milestone - Having joined the 1000 point club on Dec. 6th this season, senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) achieved another milestone as she recorded her 500th career rebound in the comeback victory over Louisiana Tech. In the matchup at Chicago State, Moore scored a season-high 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting while tacking on four assists. So far in 2018, Moore has averaged 9.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for UMKC.
Up Next - The Blue & Gold return home to face off with CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, Jan. 17th at 6 p.m. CT