The University of Missouri-Kansas City women’s basketball team lost the season opener against the North Florida Ospreys, 55-62, at Swinney Recreation Center on Friday the 13th.
The first half started out well for the Roos. Taylor Leathers and Paige Husa each scored four points early and the game was tied at 8 midway through the first quarter.
A ten point run by the Ospreys put the score at 18-8 before a three-pointer by Sophomore Guard Daijane Dillard cut the lead to seven as the first period came to a close.
Another three pointer by from Sam Waldron, got the Kangaroos within four to start the second period. With a tight back-and-forth battle between the two teams, a Leather’s three put the Roos within two with three minutes to play in the half.
A buzzer beater three by the Ospreys put the score at 26-34 at half.
UMKC put the pressure on to start the second half with two steals. Their strong defense and offensive rebounding kept them in the game throughout the third quarter, holding North Florida to just two points in the first six minutes.
Dillard led the rally with three three-pointers in the third quarter, and a layup by Leathers pulled the Roos within one.
North Florida found their offense in the fourth quarter, but the Roos stayed within four despite some questionable offensive foul calls.
With less than five minutes to play and the score at 48-52 Ospreys, The Roos cut it to three with a free throw by Sophomore Forward Kiana Law.
With less than a minute, Leathers hit a jumper to make it 52-54, but free throws by North Florida put the game away.
Dillard was named player of the game for the Roos, finishing with 12 points and 3 steals.
North Florida’s Claire Ioannidis led all scorers with 29 points.
The next home game for the Kangaroos will be in the Plaza Lights Classic against Indiana State, November 27th at 1 PM.