After a long string of disappointing losses, the UMKC women’s basketball team defeated the Utah Valley Wolverines Saturday night, 61-58.
In a game where the Roos never trailed, they scored their fourth win of the season.
Free throws and rebounds were abundant Saturday night. UMKC players hit 22 out of 24 attempts from the free throw line and outrebounded the Wolverines 34 to 21.
Success at the line during the final minutes of the game held off the Wolverines, after they made a late game run for the lead. Ultimately this meant victory for the Roos.
“I’m really proud that our team finished off this win down the stretch,” Head Coach Marsha Frese said. “With so much youth and inexperience, they have had a difficult time getting over the hump at the end of games. Credit to our players on how composed they were at the end today and at the free throw line.”
In the final minute of play, the Roos went seven for eight from the line, after the Wolverines came within one point of tying the score. After pushing the lead to three, the Roos doubled down on defense, forcing a three that didn’t connect.
Freshman Aries Washington connected all 10 of her attempts from the line. She went on to score a career-high 22 points during the game. Sophomore Grace Mitchell was close behind with 13 points during the game, and freshman Samantha Waldron closed out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.
The Roos have been struggling as of late, sending them on a three-game losing streak, including a loss Thursday night against Grand Canyon. With this win, the Roos now sit with a record of 2-4 in WAC conference play and 4-17 in the season.
The women’s basketball team travels to face Texas-Pan American (11-10, 4-2) on Thursday evening, and New Mexico State (13-6, 6-0) on Saturday afternoon.