Women’s basketball team returns home eager for another win

The UMKC women’s basketball team returns home to Kansas City this week after losing two straight on the road.

On Thursday the team lost 70-67 against the Bakersfield Roadrunners in California.

The game featured numerous lead changes after the Runners scored the first points of the game. Heading into the second half, the Roos were up 34-30 and came out strong, stretching their lead into eight points.

The Runners battled back and their lead flourished in the final minute of the game. With 7.5 seconds left in the game, sophomore Callie White missed a three-pointer, allowing Bakersfield to hold the win.

“We are really proud of the fight in this team and how they continue to make the commitment to get better every single day,” Head Coach Marsha Frese said.

White put up a career-high 27 points, including six three-pointers. Offensively, freshman Aries Washington contributed 14 points combined with eight rebounds, a career high. Freshman Kiana Law narrowly missed her second straight double-double and contributed a team-record 10 rebounds.

On Saturday night, the team fell to the Seattle Redhawks 60-46 on the road.

The Roos came out of the gates with a quick 8-4 lead, but Seattle bounced back going into the second half. The team fell late in the second half when they couldn’t overcome the deficit.

Sophomore Grace Mitchell led the team with 16 points, continuing her three-game streak scoring double digits.

“I have the mentality that I need to step up, especially now that we’ve reached conference play,” Mitchell said. “We want to turn this season around and we are putting in the effort to do it.”

With the pair of losses, the Roos fall to just 1-3 in WAC play and 3-16 in the season. The team returns home for a Thursday night match-up against the Grand Canyon Antelopes.

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