EDINBURG, Texas – The UMKC women’s basketball team (14-14, 8-7) allowed a basket with 21 seconds left in the game and dropped its final road game of the regular season to UTRGV, 64-67, at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.
Leading 64-63 with under 30 seconds left in the contest, UTRGV’s Madison Northcutt found an open hole in the paint and scored the go ahead layup to give the Vaqueros the lead at 65-64.
UTRGV would go on to make two more free throws with under 10 seconds to play, giving the Roos one more shot at tying the game and sending it to overtime.
UMKC would get a look at a corner three with five seconds left but the shot clanked off the rim and the Roos would eventually see a desperation shot fall short to end the game
Entering the final minute of play, junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) would nail a step back three pointer to give UMKC a one-point lead at 64-63. Mattingly would finish her night with 26 points and nine rebounds for the Roos, leading all scorers in the contest.
The entire fourth quarter featured five lead changes, with two of those occurring in the last minute of play. Extra possessions were critical for the Roos late in the ball game as Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) would grab three offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter to provide the Roos more opportunities to score against the Vaqueros.
Vigil would end the night with her 13th double-double of the year (14 points and 14 rebounds) in the loss.
After starting out the second quarter down by 10 to the Vaqueros, UMKC stormed back with 21 points to enter halftime up by two.
The Roos have now dropped to 8-7 in conference play and currently sit at sixth place in the WAC standings. A victory tonight would have given the Roos 15 wins on the 2018-19 season, which would have been the first 15 win campaign since the 2009-10 season.
“I’m so proud of how hard our kids played tonight,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt. “We battled our tails off and it hurts me to lose the way we did. We need to tighten up our execution at the end of games. Tonight we didn’t execute out of timeouts. You cannot do that in March and expect to win.”
- The Blue & Gold return back to the Swinney Center for the last regular season game of the year and a senior day edition against Chicago State on Saturday, Mar. 9th at 2 p.m. CT
- In regards to NCAA standings, Mattingly entered Saturday’s showdown 48th in points per game (18.7), eighth in total assists (168) and 13th in steals per game (3.3)
- Scoring 26 points in the loss, Mattingly improves to 16 games for scoring 20 points or more in a game this year.
- Senior Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) saw her streak of double figures in points end at six games tonight in the loss versus UTRGV
- UMKC is now 5-3 on the road in conference play
- The Roos had two players in double digits during Saturday’s loss versus the Vaqueros
- The Roos shot 22 of 50 (44.0%) from the court in Saturday’s loss
- UMKC shot 13 of 24 (54.2%) from the charity stripe
- Freshman guard Emily Ivory went 2 of 8 from three-point range today against the Vaqueros, improving to 19 games where she has made multiple three pointers for the Roos.
- With 76 three point field goals made on the year, Ivory remains 11 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 UTRGV at a 38-34 margin
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