Women’s basketball off to a promising start

U-News Staff

The UMKC women’s basketball team kicked off their season Saturday defeating Missouri S&T 62-41. The ’Roos got off to a slow start, struggling to score a basket in the first half. The team shot 28 percent, making only six of 21 baskets. UMKC also struggled to take care of the ball, committing eight turnovers while only forcing five.

However, the ’Roos managed to keep their opponents under 23 percent from the field, going into half time with a 22-21 lead. Calli White and Aries Washington led the ’Roos in scoring during the first half scoring five points each. Kiana Law secured five rebounds in the first half.

“I think it was really the matter of settling down and playing our game,” Head coach Marsha Frese said. “We have a lot of young players – some that don’t have a ton of basketball experience. In the second half we saw them settle down and execute what they know we can run.”

In the second half, White led the way hitting her first four shots, two from behind the arch. White was named player of the game, finishing with 17 points, three rebounds, two steals and four assists as she was named player of the game. Freshman Aries Washington scored 10 points in her first game as a ’Roo.

“In the second half we started attacking and they started calling fouls. We had to come out with intensity and attack the rim,” White said. “We knew we had to play better and we did. We came out and we took great team shots.”

Despite only shooting 35.3 percent, the ’Roos defeated the Lady Miners by 21 points, forcing 11 turnovers and holding the team to shooting only 27.9 percent. The ’Roos will take on Eastern Illinois Nov. 2 at 2:00 p.m.