KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (13-12, 7-5) defeated Seattle U, 83-66, at the Swinney Center on Thursday night.
With the Roos leading 23-18 with over five minutes remaining in the first half, UMKC would go on a 21-2 run to end the second period, leaving the game in no doubt for the remainder of the contest.
Defensively, UMKC would force Seattle U into 20 turnovers with 15 of those coming by steals on the night.
UMKC’s fast start would be engineered by junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.), who would produce 15 points, two assists and five steals to help the Roos run away when the first half ended. Mattingly would finish her night with 19 points, eight assists and 10 steals in the win over the Redhawks, securing her eighth double-double of the 2018-19 season.
Mattingly’s 10 steals breaks her previous career-high at eight steals set back on Jan. 5th when the Roos defeated Chicago State. The school record for steals in a game was set back in the ’86-’87 season by Valerie Quarles, who recorded 14 steals against Doane College on Dec. 12th.
“Some of Ericka’s steals tonight were the most athletic steals I have ever seen by a player,” commented head coach Jacie Hoyt. “She just works so hard and I think the difference between her and a lot of other players is that she just plays through and gives herself a chance to get a lot of steals. She just outworks people when they think they can relax and a lot of times that can lead to her steals and their turnovers. It says a lot about the person she is and never giving up on a play for us.”
Freshman forward Leilah Vigil controlled the paint for the Roos from start to finish, ending Thursday’s game with 10 points and 11 rebounds, her 11th double-double of the year. Just seconds into the first quarter, Vigil would grab the Roos first rebound and the all-time freshman rebound record in a season at 231.
The win over Seattle U ends a three-game home losing streak for UMKC, which began with a loss to New Mexico State back on Jan. 31st. The Roos now sit in a tie for fifth place in the WAC standings with four games to play before the conference tournament.
Seattle U was led by Joana Alves, who scored a game-high 32 points on 13 of 20 shooting.
“I think we emphasized our defense all week and I thought our kids did a great job of executing that,” stated Hoyt. “I’ll say I feel like this is a quality win for us. This was a game we could not overlook and I was proud of the way our kids came out and really took it to them right from the jump.”
- The Blue & Gold remain at home for a match-up on Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 2 p.m. CT against Utah Valley. The Roos will look to sweep their third season series of the year against the Wolverines.
- In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Thursday’s showdown 49th in points per game (18.7), 13th in total assists (145) and 20th in steals per game (2.9)
- Scoring 19 points in the win, Mattingly remains at 14 games for scoring 20 points or more in a game this year
- Leilah Vigil broke the single-season freshman record for rebounds in the first quarter against the Redhawks (231)
- The Roos had five players in double digits during Thursday’s win versus the Redhawks
- Junior forward Awal Ajak has now made multiple three-pointers the last three games for UMKC
- UMKC has now swept the season series against Grand Canyon and Seattle U in conference play this year
- The Roos shot 28 of 58 (48.3%) from the court in Thursday’s win
- UMKC shot 20 of 26 (76.9%) from the charity stripe
- Freshman guard Emily Ivory went 1 of 4 from three-point range today against the Redhawks, remaining at 16 games where she has made multiple three pointers for the Roos
- With 65 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory remains 22 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 Seattle U at a 41-27 margin
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