The UMKC women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 95-92 defeat in double overtime against California Baptist on Feb. 9 at Swinney Recreation Center.
The Roos controlled much of the first quarter and were able to create easy buckets by driving and muscling their way to the basket. The paint was a pivotal focus for the Roos, as they scored 18 of their 23 first quarter points in the paint.
Freshman forward Leilah Vigil did most of the damage for UMKC in first quarter, scoring 13 points and altering shots on the defensive end of the court. California Baptist was the polar opposite, looking for three pointers throughout the first quarter. The Lancers kept themselves in the game early by hitting 4-9 from beyond the arc and capitalized on second chances when UMKC failed to corral rebounds. The Roos were up 23-17 after the first quarter.
As the second quarter started, the Roos gave California Baptist a full court press. This gave the Lancers issues and caused them to lose their composure. The Lancers became flustered and the press took them out of their rhythm from downtown as they went 1-11 from deep in the second quarter.
UMKC’s gameplan did not alter in the second quarters. The Roos outscored the Lancers 16-10 in the second quarter and were able to stretch the lead to double digits. UMKC headed into the halftime whistle up 39-27.
California Baptist returned by running a full court press to open up the second half. UMKC struggled with this defense and played out of character, gave the Lancers the momentum. UMKC still extended its’ lead to fourteen, but quickly saw that vanish when California Baptist cut it to four with a couple minutes left in the third quarter.
The Roos responded with a run of their own and found themselves up 58-49 heading into the fourth quarter .
The Lancers changed their defense into a zone This created long possessions for UMKC, but not enough good looks at the basket and low percentage shots from the perimeter.
California Baptist utilized a couple of threes to chip into the lead and put pressure on the Roos. Just as the game was looking to change hands, freshman guard Emily Ivory hit a three in the corner and forced the Lancers to use a timeout and reevaluate their gameplan.
California Baptist came out of the timeout in a full court press to create havoc for UMKC. The Lancers dwindled the lead down to two and made a critical play in the final minute to send the game into overtime
To start overtime, the Lancers controlled the pace and were suddenly up 81-76 with three minutes to play. UMKC replied with a 7-0 run and were up 83-81 with seconds remaining on the clock.
The Lancers answered and sent the game to double overtime.
In double overtime the Lancers threw the first punch and were up 90-86 with a little over 2 minutes to play. Junior guard Erica Mattingly answered the call and came up with two clutch 3-pointers.
It seemed as if the game was heading to yet another overtime with the score knotted at 92 and little time remaining.
California Baptist had other plans. The Roos had trouble gaining defensive rebounds.This would hurt them as the Lancers got another offensive rebound and were able to hit a three pointer with about 13 seconds left.
UMKC needed a three on the other end to force overtime, but was unable to connect. Mattingly notched a triple-double and a statline of 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists, but the Roos lost the game 95-92
The Roos will look to bounce back from a difficult loss and end a three game skid when they travel to Arizona and take on Grand Canyon on Thursday, Feb. 14.