After their six-game win-streak was snapped at South Dakota State on Jan. 14 in Brookings, S.D., the women’s basketball players recorded two Summit League conference victories last week. The Lady Roos (14-6, 5-3 in Summit League play) came out on top against North Dakota State on Monday night in Fargo, N.D. before returning to see off IUPUI on Saturday evening. The team now sits in 3rd position in the Summit League standings, just one win behind the 6-2 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles.
UMKC 63 – 55 IUPUI
The Roos had a 63-55 win over the IUPUI Jaguars. Sophomore guard Eilise O’ Connor led the team with 19 points, while adding six assists and three steals. Senior Dayon Hall-Jones racked up 12 points in the contest.
The first half was tense as both teams struggled to sustain possession, but a 16-4 run from the Roos toward the end of the half was enough to stretch the home team’s lead to 27-15 after junior Emile Blakesley made two three-point shots. The Jags recovered and entered the intermission behind at 30-24.
As the Jags fought to reduce the lead, they got to within two with four minutes on the clock before an O’Connor three kick-started a 7-0 Roo run. The Roos eventually took the contest 63-55, producing an 87.5 percent success rate from the free-throw line.
UMKC 76 – 58 North Dakota State
Monday night’s game versus the North Dakota State Bison, a 76-58 victory, was the first time in Roo history the program has won in Fargo, N.D. at Bison Arena.
The night was matched with a career-high 24 points from senior guard LeAndrea Thomas. Thomas added three assists, three steals, two rebounds and a block to her total. Hall-Jones contributed 15 to the Roo effort, while junior Kim Nezianya added 12 and sophomore Hailey Houser hit 10.
In contrast to the IUPUI game, much of the Roos’ hard work was done in the first half. They entered the break 45-22 to the good, after a dominating 19-6 run. Here, Thomas shot 13 of her points. After the intermission, the Roos extended their lead to 25. The Roos were victorious, posting an 18-point margin between the two Summit League competitors.
The Lady Roos will have a home contest against Western Illinois at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Swinney Rec. Center before heading to Tulsa, Okla. for a conference clash with Oral Roberts on Jan. 28.