Foul shots prove crucial to UMKC win

Kevin Bryce

The UMKC Lady Roos basketball team went up against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) this past Saturday, and defeated them 80-71 at Swinney Recreation Center. The solid win put the women at an even 14-14 standing overall and pushed them over the edge for a 9-8 record in the Summit League.

Leading the Roos were three women who claimed career-high records. Sophomore Kaycie Boyles notched a double-double on the evening with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Elise O’Conner claimed the title of high-scorer with 22 points, while freshman Hailey Houser took her career-high 10 points to the scoreboard.

It didn’t look good early with IPFW taking a quick six-point lead. But the lady Roos fought back, and made the first half a back-and-forth match, while the score evened up twice. At the 6:50 mark though, the Roos took a lead that they couldn’t shake for the remainder of the half. Boyles showed her stuff in those last minutes scoring six of her 21 points giving her team a 36-30 lead.

In the second half, excitement was high as neither team could hold a lead for very long. Once IPFW closed the six point deficit, the lead was handed back and forth six times between the opponents.

It is often said that games are won from the free throw line, and that was certainly true on Saturday night for UMKC.

With IPFW down in the last minutes of the game, they had to foul to stop the clock. But it is quite a dangerous thing to send a Roo to the line. The women shot 10 times from the line and hit all 10, claiming a perfect record in the last minute of play.

With such a secure night at the free-throw line, IPFW attempts to come back were thwarted and UMKC took the win.

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