KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (14-12, 8-5) defeated Utah Valley, 97-64, at the Swinney Center on Saturday afternoon. Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds in the win.
It was a dominating performance from Vigil, who secured her 12th double-double of the year with 14 points and 21 rebounds. Vigil fell short of the single-game record for rebounds in UMKC history as Stephanie Worthy holds the current record of 23 set back in 85-86 season against Mid-America Nazerene.
Looking for the second consecutive series sweep and third of the season in conference play, UMKC would lock up the game late in the second quarter with the team leading by as much as 20 points. The Roos would keep pushing their lead over the Wolverines each quarter until finishing with a final margin of 33 in the victory over Utah Valley.
As a team, UMKC controlled the glass with 53 rebounds, which prevented extra possessions and limited Utah Valley in the paint.
Defensively, the Roos stifled the Wolverines with their full court press all game, which resulted in 13 steals. UMKC has now accumulated 28 steals over the last two games in the victories against Seattle U and Utah Valley.
Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) had another double-double for the day (21 points and 11 assists). Mattingly would enter the top 10 in total points for a season in UMKC history with her 21 points on Saturday.
The Roos tied a season-high in three point field goals as the team nailed 13 of 30 attempts with seven of those coming from freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa). With her seven threes against the Wolverines, Ivory sits one shot back of tying the all-time freshman three point record set back in the 2013-14 season by Calli White, who nailed 73 three pointers.
With the win, UMKC moves up to fourth place in the conference standings with the series sweep over the Wolverines.
“We are really playing our best basketball right now and comes with everyone doing their jobs,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt. “I think when everyone steps up and contributes, that’s a good thing for us and we are just clicking on all cylinders right now.”
Hoyt would also elaborate on the team’s recent trends and its place in UMKC history.
“It all starts in practice and you can really see them taking great pride in their craft if it’s Emily’s (Ivory) shooting, Ericka (Mattingly) scoring and distributing the ball or Leilah (Vigil) rebounding,” commented Hoyt. “They just really take great pride in what their teammates need from them. It’s been fun to watch and I just think it speaks volume in the direction of where our program is heading considering a lot of them being back next year and Leilah and Emily being freshman.”
- The Blue & Gold hit the road and head to Las Cruces, N.M., to face off with New Mexico State on Thursday, Feb. 28th at 7 p.m. CT
- In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Saturday’s showdown 48th in points per game (18.7), 13th in total assists (145) and 14th in steals per game (3.2)
- Scoring 21 points in the win, Mattingly improves to 15 games for scoring 20 points or more in a game this year.
- The Roos had four players in double digits during Saturday’s win versus the Wolverines
- Junior forward Awal Ajak has now made multiple three-pointers the last four games for UMKC
- UMKC has now swept the season series against Grand Canyon, Utah Valley and Seattle U in conference play this year with the win today against the Wolverines
- The Roos shot 34 of 73 (46.6%) from the court in Saturday’s win
- UMKC shot 16 of 22 (72.7%) from the charity stripe
- Freshman guard Emily Ivory went 7 of 13 from three-point range today against the Wolverines, improving to 17 games where she has made multiple three pointers for the Roos. Ivory was one off of her career-high eight three-point field goals set back on Jan. 5th at Chicago State
- With 72 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory remains 15 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 Utah Valley at a 53-29 margin
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