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WAC Tournament Preview
UMKC Athletics 3-11-2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC women’s basketball team (15-14, 9-7) earned the No. 4 seed and faces No. 5 seed Utah Valley on Wednesday, March 13 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. PT from Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena.

#WACVegas Tournament Notes

  • The early rounds will be broadcast live on ESPN+ with the championship game March 16th on ESPNU. Post game press conferences will be live and carried on the WAC Digital Network. Look for stories, photos and videos on UMKCkangaroos.com
  • WAC Tournament History - The Roos are 1-5 all-time in the WAC postseason and are appearing in their sixth WAC league tournament. The Blue and Gold will try to advance to its second semifinal contest in WAC history
  • Experience in the Tourney - Senior Kristen Moore is the only Roo to have participated in the WAC Tournament, partaking in five contests and helping UMKC retrieve its first victory back in 2017 against UTRGV (W, 77-69)
  • Finishing Top Tier in Conference Play - With a 9-7 WAC record, the Roos finish out conference play in fourth place. This is the best conference record ever for UMKC since joining the WAC back in the 2013-14 season
  • All-WAC Honorees - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly and freshman forward Leilah Vigil received All-WAC honors for their play in 2018-19. Mattingly would be selected to the All-WAC First Team, All-WAC Defensive Team and All-WAC Newcomer Team. Vigil would become the first Roo in the history of the program to receive Freshman Player of the Year
  • About the Roos - Closing out the regular season at home with Chicago State, UMKC ended its last home game on a good note with a 50-point win against the Cougars. The Roos had six players in double figures and forced Chicago State into 27 turnovers. The Roos used a 26-2 run to end the first half and run away with their 15th win of the season. Those 15 wins are the most in a season since the 2009-10 season (16-16). Ericka Mattingly led all UMKC players with 19 points and the bench unit for the Roos produced 31 points on Saturday afternoon
  • Preparing for the Wolverines - Sweeping the season series against Utah Valley, the Roos will get a chance to three-peat against the Wolverines on the year in the No. 4 and 5 match-up this Wednesday. The Wolverines have relied on forward Jordan Holland all season as she ranks first in points (13.7) and first in rebounds per game (6.3)on the team. Holland was selected to the All-WAC Second Team for her performances in 2018-19. In regards to WAC Play, the Wolverines lead the series against UMKC at 7-5. In the post season, Utah Valley defeated UMKC back in the 2016 WAC Tournament at a score of 61-53 in the No. 4 seed
  • Mattingly Continues to Roll - Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) ended her first regular season as a Roo with her fifth-consecutive game scoring 17 or more points Saturday afternoon. Mattingly would go on to record 19 points, four rebounds and three assists in the win over the Cougars. Three weeks ago, Mattingly received WAC Player of the Week honors for her part in the victories over Seattle U and Utah Valley in which she posted back-to-back double-doubles. This is her second nomination of the season with her first one coming during the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2nd. In the win over Seattle U, Mattingly recorded a career-high 10 steals, which was four steals short of tying the all-time record set back in the ‘86-’87 season by Valerie Quarles, who had 14 in a game on Dec. 12th against Doane College. On Feb. 9th versus California Baptist, Mattingly delivered a historical performance which resulted in notching the third triple-double in UMKC history and her second of the season (28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists). With her second triple-double, Mattingly is one of only seven players with multiple triple-doubles this season in Division I women’s basketball. Mattingly remains at 15 games when scoring 20 points or more this year.  Mattingly enters the conference tournament averaging 19.0 points, 6.1 assists, 6.1 rebounds and a 80.9 percentage on free throw attempts. The Junior College All-American stands at the top among the other prolific scoring guards in the WAC, as she is second in points (19.0), first in assists (6.1) and first in steals per game (3.2). In reference to UMKC history, Mattingly remains 11 assists away from breaking Penny Waggner’s season assist record (188) set back in the ‘84-85 season. The scoring guard also ranks third all time in a season for free throws made at 161 for UMKC. Nationally, Mattingly ranks 39th in points per game (19.0), ninth for total assists (177), 10th in steals per game (3.2) and ninth for free throws made (161)
  • Team Rankings - As a team, UMKC finishes second in points per game (75.8) while garnering a spot at third in field goal percentage (42.4), rebounding (39.7) and three-point field goal percentage (32.8) in the WAC. Nationally, the Roos rank 29th for scoring offense (75.8) in the nation
  • Vigil Making a Name For Herself - Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) remains a physical presence in the post for UMKC in 2018-19. The Montbello, Colo., native recorded her 13th double-double on the season for UMKC (14 points and 14 rebounds) on Mar. 2nd versus UTRGV. Those 13 double-doubles are the most in the WAC this season by any player. In the game against Utah Valley on Feb. 23, Vigil recorded 21 rebounds in the win over the Wolverines, which was a career high. Vigil fell two rebounds shy of tying the all-time single game rebound record set back by Stephanie Worthy in the ‘85-86 season (23). During conference play, Vigil averaged a double-double with 12.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. In regards to rebounding, Vigil finishes the regular season fourth in rebounds per game (9.8) and in field goal percentage (53.8) in the WAC. Vigil was named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team with her performances against SIUE and LA Tech back on Dec. 20-21st. Vigil recently broke the all-time freshman rebound record in a season (230) and now sits with 285 rebounds after Saturday’s performance
  • Senior Notoriety- Senior forward Kristen Moore played her last home game in a Roos uniform last Saturday against Chicago State. During Moore’ s tenure at UMKC, the 2018-19 season was the best team the Chicago, Ill., native has played with (15-14 record). The 15 wins are four more than any other Roos team during her time. Moore has career averages of 10.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. For WAC play, Moore has averaged 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Roos. In regards to WAC rankings, Moore sits 12th in overall scoring (11.1) and 18th in overall rebounds per game (5.0). Moore became the 14th player to score 1000 points in a UMKC jersey back on Dec. 6th at Missouri as well as recording her 500th career rebound in the Roo Holiday Classic versus Louisiana Tech back on Dec. 21st. Moore also ranks ninth all-time in career rebounds for UMKC in her four years in the program
  • Spotlight Player - Freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) has been a force off the bench for UMKC all year with 78 three-point shots made thus far in 2018-19, which includes a school record eight three-pointers in the first WAC conference game against Chicago State back on Jan. 5th. Ivory ranks first in the Western Athletic Conference with 2.7 three-pointers per game. Going in depth in her shot selection, Ivory has made a splash beyond the arc all year as she sits in sixth place for three-point field goal percentage in the WAC (37.7). In the loss at New Mexico State on Feb. 28, Ivory broke the single season freshman record for three point field goals set back by Calli White in the 2013-14 campaign (73)
  • 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.
  • Up Next - If the Blue and Gold defeat Utah Valley on Wednesday, the team will have a day off before facing off with the winner of No. 8 Chicago State and No. 1 New Mexico State on Friday, Mar. 15th at 2 p.m. CT

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