LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (14-13, 8-6) fell late in the fourth quarter to first place New Mexico State, 68-61, at the Pan American Center on Thursday evening.
Leading by one with over 1:30 left in the game, UMKC would give up a costly turnover to New Mexico State, who would score with a layup and completed a 16-3 run to leap over UMKC. The Roos would attempt to tie the game with under a minute left with corner three but the shot missed left and New Mexico State would shoot free throws the rest of the way.
The Aggies hit all four free throws with under 12 seconds left to seal the win and end UMKC’s winning streak at two games.
The Roos would lead for majority of the fourth quarter with their biggest lead coming at the 5:25 mark with an Emily Ivory (Davenport, Iowa) three pointer, making the score 61-54.
The Roos led for over 33 minutes in the contest, which began with the team storming back after a slow start at tip off.
As New Mexico State began to grind away at UMKC’s lead in the third period, Brooke Hampel (Huntsville, Ala.) would record four of her six third quarter points in the last two minutes to keep UMKC in the lead with a 57-46 margin. Hampel would end her night with career highs in points (17) and minutes (40).
Coming out of half time, UMKC would expand its 33-31 lead with a 10-4 run to make the score 43-35 within two minutes of the start of the third quarter.
After climbing back from a 7-0 deficit at the start of the contest, the Roos would deliver a 12-0 run to claim an 11 point advantage to end quarter number one in the highly anticipated rematch against the Aggies.
Junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.), who was guarded primarily by Preseason WAC Player of the Year Brooke Salas of New Mexico State, displayed grit and determination throughout Thursday’s contest with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and six steals.
The win for the Aggies clinches the outright share of the WAC regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the WAC tournament.
Salas would finish with her 18th double-double (17 points and 13 rebounds) in the win over UMKC.
“New Mexico State is a great team that we knew we needed to play a full 40 minutes against," stated head coach Jacie Hoyt. "We obviously didn't complete that tonight. Our execution was poor down the stretch and NMSU capitalized on our mistakes. We have another tough match-up on Saturday that we will look to bounce back on quickly."
- The Blue & Gold continue their final road trip as the team heads to Edinburg, Texas to face off with UTRGV on Saturday, March 2nd at 7 p.m. CT
- UMKC falls to fifth place in the conference standings after Thursday's contest
- In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Thursday’s showdown 48th in points per game (18.8), 10th in total assists (164) and 13th in steals per game (3.2)
- Scoring 17 points in the win, Mattingly remains at 15 games for scoring 20 points or more in a game this year.
- UMKC is now 5-2 on the road in conference play
- The Roos had three players in double digits during Thursday’s loss versus the Aggies
- The Roos shot 21 of 67 (31.3%) from the court in Thursday’s loss
- UMKC shot 11 of 16 (68.8%) from the charity stripe
- Freshman guard Emily Ivory went 2 of 14 from three-point range today against the Aggies, improving to 18 games where she has made multiple three pointers for the Roos.
- Ivory broke the single season freshman record for three pointers in the loss, taking the top spot from Calli White back in the 2013-14 season (73)
- With 74 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory remains 13 three-pointers away from tying Veda McNeal’s all-time single season record with 87 threes back in the ’92-’93 season
- The Roos were out rebounded by New Mexico State at a 45-41 margin
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