Roos head back on the road after strong home stand

U-News Staff

The UMKC women’s basketball team wrapped up a three-game home stand on Saturday night with a loss to the visiting Bakersfield Roadrunners 78-76.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak, and it moved the team’s record to 6-20 overall and 4-7 in WAC play.

Down to the wire

Saturday night’s game came down to the wire. The Roos led most of the game but found themselves behind with less than a minute left. Junior Taylor Leathers scored a pair of free throws to move the Roos back into the lead.

Bakersfield responded with a basket, Leathers knocked down a three with 13 seconds left in the game, and the Runners immediately tied the game again. Seconds after scoring to tie the game, Bakersfield stole an inbounds pass and scored two points with less than one second remaining.

“The team definitely battled,” Head Coach Marsha Frese said.  “All you can ask this time of year is to be in the game down the stretch and have an opportunity to win and we definitely had that tonight.  I’m really proud of our team and the fight they continue to show and the work they put in.  We are working hard to play our best basketball in March.”

Putting up the points

Freshman Aries Washington scored a career-high 26 points on Saturday, shooting 9-for-12 from the field.

Freshman Samantha Waldron finished with 16 points, with two assists and six rebounds. Sophomore Grace Mitchell scored 15 points and eight rebounds, narrowly missing her fifth double-double on the season.

Leathers ended the game with nine points, including the crucial final-minute baskets.

March is coming quick

There are three games left before the WAC Championship tournament in March. The Roos will hit the road for two games before coming home for the final regular season game.

On Thursday, the Roos travel to Orem, Utah, to face the Utah Valley Wolverines (10-16, 4-7).