The UMKC’s women’s basketball team (10-17, 6-6 WAC) got off to a fast start and never looked back in their 79-59 victory over UT Rio Grande Valley (13-14, 3-9 WAC) Thursday night.
A full-court press from the start helped set the tone for the Roos, as their aggressive play and hot shooting gave them a 25-10 lead going into the first media timeout. Senior guard Aries Washington, lead the way for UMKC early, scoring 11 first-quarter points. A short dry spell was ended with a three-pointer from senior guard Samantha Waldron to give the Roos a 28-15 lead heading into the second quarter.
The contest evened out from there, but the Roos held on to their double-digit advantage. Junior forward Kristen Moore, tallied 11 points in the first half, and a 42-28 halftime lead for UMKC was capped off with a buzzer-beating jumper from Washington.
Although UTRGV had greater success breaking the Roos’ full-court press in the second half, they could do little to cut into their deficit. Three-pointers from Washington and Waldron, who each finished with three treys on the night, helped keep the game out of reach heading into the final quarter.
The Roos extended their lead to as much as 23 points in the fourth, stifling the Vaqueros and holding them to 3-of-13 shooting in the final ten minutes. UTRGV had no answer to the Roos’ constant pressure, as UMKC forced a season-high 23 turnovers in the contest.
Moore was named player of the game, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds and two assists. Washington dropped 21 points of her own, while Waldron and senior guard Indiana Washington also got into double-figures.
“We are playing our very best basketball right now, we have a ton of momentum,” said Head Coach Jacie Hoyt.
UMKC plays its final home game of the season Saturday at 1 p.m. against New Mexico State (15-11, 9-3 WAC).
(Photo credit: University of Missouri-Kansas City)