Women's Basketball: Winning streak snaps at six

U-News Staff

Junior Kim Nezianya’s 18 points proved too much for the Mavs on the night.
Junior Kim Nezianya’s 18 points proved too much for the Mavs on the night.

The UMKC women, riding a six-game winning streak, were derailed by a 75-62 loss to Summit League rival South Dakota State on Saturday night in Brookings, S.D.

Senior Dayon Hall-Jones and sophomore Eilise O’Connor led UMKC with 14 points each, while junior Kim Nezianya finished with 13. Nezianya grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while senior Brianna Eldridge added seven, including four on the offensive end.

The Jackrabbits led 25-18 less than a minute before halftime before the Roos got two free throws each from Hall-Jones and Thomas to close the gap to 25-22.

The hosts, 11-7 overall and 6-1 in the Summit League, broke the game open with back-to-back three-pointers from senior Jill Young that started a 14-1 that pushed the lead to 16 with 11:20 left to play.

The loss dropped the Roos to 12-6 and 3-3 and came on the heels of a 74-64 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday at Swinney

Recreation Center.

The Lady Roos’ player of the season so far, senior Hall-Jones wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but managed to contribute on the offensive and defensive side, finishing with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

UMKC’s depth stood out as Nezianya proved the hot hand with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 2 twossists and a steal. She picked up her third double-double of the season.

Sophomore Eilise O’ Connor chipped in 9 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds and 6 steals in 37 minutes. The Roos’ bench contributed 33 points,  with senior Jade Tinner leading the charge with 10.

lA three- point shot by freshman Lexis Hardiek secured UMKC’s largest lead, 21-17, with 5 minutes remaining in the half.

The Mavericks knocked down four three-pointers but the Roos headed into intermission with a 34-31lead..

In the second half, the Roos’ consistent defense, which forced 25 turnovers overall, denied the Mavericks a field goal for more than than the first 6 minutes.

The Roos led 65-50 with 5:20 to go, but the Mavs went on a 10-0 run. Junior Emily Blakesley then came through with a crucial 3-pointer to halt the run and swing the momentum back into the Roos’ favor.

The The Mavericks, 10-8, will officially join the Summit League next season.

The Roos travel to North Dakota State on Jan. 16 in Fargo as they hope to start a new win streak.

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