KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (11-9, 5-2) could not over leap New Mexico State late in the fourth quarter and fell to a score of 90-86 at the Swinney Center.
Trailing by three with 14 seconds left to play, UMKC would foul Aggies forward Tayelin Grays with a chance at one last possession to send the game to overtime. Grays would go 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, icing the Roos from completing any comeback.
With under 30 seconds to play and trailing by seven, freshman guard Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) and sophomore guard Taylor Larson (Huxley, Iowa) would nail two field goals to condense New Mexico State’s lead to just three.
Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) kept UMKC alive with second effort possessions in the fourth quarter, finishing with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Vigil has now scored 22 or more points in back-to-back games for the Roos.
In a battle for first place in the WAC, both teams entered Thursday’s matchup with the two of the top players in UMKC’s junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) and New Mexico State’s senior guard Brooke Salas. Mattingly would end the night with 17 points and nine assists.
Salas, the Preseason WAC Player of the Year, finished Thursday’s contest with eight points and 12 rebounds. Salas entered the first place showdown at Swinney Center averaging 18.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, both second and third in the conference.
Falling early in the second quarter at a score of 35-26, UMKC chipped away at New Mexico State’s lead and overtook the Aggies at the start of the third quarter, regaining the lead with a 14-0 run to bring the score to 44-39 with over seven minutes left in the third stanza.
The Aggies defense had allowed an average of 61.8 points per game to opposing teams all season but UMKC usurped that average with 86 points in the loss.
“We really wanted to stick to what we do offensively and our identity is to play fast with creating a lot of possessions for ourselves from our defense,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt. “I thought our defense led to some easy possessions in the first half with how we were playing.”
Hoyt also mentioned guarding players such as Salas and guard Gia Pack, who scored a game-high 32 points.
“Our game plan was to shut Salas down and I thought we did that,” commented Hoyt. “Gia Pack is an all-around great athlete and I think she did a great job stepping up and filling the void for Brook (Salas). They had other players step up as well. Our game plan was to let them shoot the three and they did that and executed pretty well.”
- The Blue & Gold will continue their home stand and will face off with UTRGV on Saturday, Feb. 2nd at 2 p.m. CT
- The Roos now sit second in the conference standings at 5-2
- In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Thursday’s showdown 43rd in points (18.9) and ninth in total assists (117) in the nation
- Scoring 17 points in the win, Mattingly remains at 12 games for scoring 20 points or more this year
- The Roos had five players in double digits during Thursday’s loss versus the Aggies
- Freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss, marking the 11th time she has recorded 10 or more rebounds in a game this season
- The Roos shot 31 of 59 (52.5%) from the court in Thursday’s loss
- UMKC shot 22 of 32 (68.8%) from the charity stripe
- Freshman guard Emily Ivory went 2 of 7 from three-point range today against the Aggies, marking 13 times where she has made multiple three pointers for the Roos
- With 55 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory remains 32 three-pointers away from tying Veda McNeal’s all-time single season record with 87 threes back in the ’92-’93 season
- The Roos out rebounded New Mexico State at a 35-33 margin
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