Women’s basketball starts strong with third place WAC ranking

Stellar three-point shooting and good play from the bench have the UMKC women’s basketball team in third place in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) with a 3-1 conference record.

The Roos started 2-0 in the WAC for the first time since joining in the 2012-2013 season before losing to California State University, Bakersfield.

Leading the Roos off the bench is freshman Emily Ivory from Davenport, Iowa. 

Ivory currently sits atop the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 41.4 percent, including a record-setting performance against Chicago State, where she sank eight three-pointers.

Ivory isn’t the only freshman making an impact for the Roos this season. 

Forward Leah Vigil from Montbello, Colorado, has five double-doubles on the season and has provided a physical presence inside the post for the Roos.

The Roos are paced by the performance of guard Erica Mattingly from Wichita, Kansas, who has scored in double-digits in all but two games this season. 

Mattingly, a Junior College All American, sits atop the conference with 19.1 points , 6.6 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game. Mattingly is also shooting 81.7 percent from the free-throw line to lead the conference and had a career-high 30 points in a win at California Baptist. Nationally, Mattingly sits in 10th place in assists with 105 on the season.


(Photo courtesy of UMKC Athletics)

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