KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (7-13, 3-2 WAC) will play the third and final contest of a three-game road swing on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. CT against New Mexico State (10-9, 4-1 WAC).
UMKC matches up with New Mexico State after posting terrific results last week, claiming conference road victories over CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon. The sweep made program history as first year head coach Jacie Hoyt led the Roos to the first 2-0 week on the road in league play since joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
With a 3-2 WAC record, UMKC now sits in a four-way tie for third place in the league as the halfway point of conference play approaches. The Roos trail New Mexico State and Seattle U by just one game for first place.
Fresh off a WAC Player of the Week award, Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.) will look to keep the pace as a key contributor for the Roos. The senior guard has kicked her performance into high gear since opening conference play, ranking fifth in the WAC at 15.4 points per game in league competition. Waldron currently sits third on the UMKC career list in makes from beyond the arc with 195 and her 18 three-pointers in conference play leads the WAC this season.
Daijane Dillard (Los Angeles, Calif.) is another player to watch in the schedule ahead for the Roos. The team’s leading distributor, Dillard has been exceptional in facilitating offense in WAC play, ranking second with 4.8 assists per game in conference games.
Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) and Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) are also among conference statistical leaders. Washington currently sits as the WAC’s fourth leading scorer at 16.4 points per game while Moore ranks seventh with 13.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in addition to posting the third highest field goal percentage (.498) in the conference.
UMKC has tightened up on both ends of the floor in their recent run of success, now sitting in the top half of the conference in both scoring offense and defense. Generating and connecting on quality looks has been a strength as well with a team field goal percentage of .412, trailing on New Mexico State in the WAC.
UMKC Roos @ New Mexico State Aggies
Date: Saturday, January 27
Tipoff: 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: Las Cruces, N.M. (Pan American Center)
Series: UMKC trails 10-3
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Live In-Game Update: @umkcwbb
Scouting the Aggies
New Mexico State returns home to square off with UMKC after being handed their first conference loss in a road split last week. Despite the 69-59 setback to Seattle U, the Aggies are still in the midst of a solid stretch of results, taking victories in five of their past six contests.
The Roos’ defense will be put to the test in trying to slow down junior guard Brooke Salas, the second leading scorer in the WAC at 19.7 points per game. Salas, who most recently dropped 22 points in a win over Utah Valley, has been deadly from beyond the arc connecting on 38.8% of her three-point attempts.
Sophomore Gia Pack should draw significant attention in the post. The 5-10 forward is putting together an excellent season, averaging 14.7 points in addition to her 7.9 rebounds per game that ranks fourth in the conference.
The Aggies are powered almost entirely by their offense that trails only Seattle U in scoring 68.5 points per game. Their .425 field goal and .355 three-point percentages both sit atop the WAC, forming a shooting attack that offers an extremely tough challenge for the Roos to defend.
Despite the strong shooting numbers, New Mexico State has not fared well at the foul line to this point in the season, shooting just 67.7% as a team. Consistent defense has also evaded the team as they are allowing 68.1 points per game. Taking away free and easy looks by making the Aggies earn their points at the line in addition to staying efficient on the offensive end will both be major keys for UMKC.
The Roos will return to Swinney Recreation Center the following week to host a pair of WAC opponents. A matchup with Grand Canyon is slated for Thursday, Feb. 1 before taking on CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Feb. 3. Both games will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network free of charge.
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