LeAndrea Thomas scored 22 of her career-high 24 points in the first half as UMKC high-stepped past North Dakota State University 76-58 in a Summit League women's basketball game played Monday, Jan. 16, before 573 in the Bison Sports Arena.
NDSU (7-13, 4-4 Summit) is scheduled to host first-place South Dakota State (12-7, 7-1 Summit) at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The Jackrabbits defeated South Dakota 59-51 in Brookings on Monday.
Thomas hit 10 of 14 from the field in the first period on a variety of shots including a pair of three-pointers as the Kangaroos (13-6, 4-3 Summit) built a comfortable 45-22 halftime lead.
UMKC made 20 of 34 from the field in the opening half for 58.8 percent including 5 of 9 three-pointers, while the Bison struggled to make 31 percent and committed 12 turnovers. The Kangaroos scored 27 points off 20 NDSU turnovers and shot 47 percent overall.
North Dakota State did find a spark in the second half, but could only whittle the lead to 15 points. Thomas led four players in double-figures for UMKC including Dayon Hall-Jones with 15 points, Kim Nezianya with 12 and Hailey Houser added 10 points.
Abby Plucker led the Bison with 12 points. Plucker moved to 25th all-time in scoring at NDSU with 1,085 points past Jayne Boeddeker (1,080/'97-01).
Britney Gaines scored nine of her 11 points in the second half, while Dani DeGagne and Janae Burich each added 10. NDSU held a 44-30 advantage on the glass led by Burich's seven boards. UMKC's Eilise O'Connor had a game-high nine.