KANSAS CITY, Mo. – New Mexico State led from start to finish as the Roos fell at home 60-43 on Saturday afternoon at Swinney Rec.
New Mexico State (13-6, 5-0 WAC) scored on their first three possessions of the game to take a quick 6-0 lead. A pair of free throws from Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) put the Roos (6-12, 1-4) on the board and cut the Aggie lead to 6-2. The Roos were able to cut the deficit to a single point three different times in the first quarter, but trailed 17-14 at the end of the first 10 minutes. The Aggies began the second quarter on a 17-0 run and led 36-17 at halftime.
UMKC went on a 12-0 run early in the third quarter that was capped off by a layup from Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.) that cut the lead to 39-29. However, the Roos were unable to get any closer as the Aggies would go on to win 60-43.
“I thought we competed for three quarters but obviously it’s a 40 minute game,” head coach Marsha Frese said. “We’ve had some adversity lineup wise and while we have done a phenomenal job making up for the rebounding we have lost, we are still looking for someone who can step into the playmaker role consistently night-in-and-night-out. Roles have literally changed overnight and I know our team will keep battling until they find a way.”
Moore finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) finished with nine rebounds and two points.
The Roos will be back in action next week when they travel to Grand Canyon and CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 26 and 28, respectively, for a pair of road WAC games.
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