No. 4 UMKC (16-14) vs. No. 1 New Mexico State (24-6) | Semifinals
March 15 | Noon PT/2 p.m. CT | Las Vegas, Nev. | Orleans Arena
- Tournament Central: WACsports.com
- Official Bracket: Bracket (PDF)
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- The Roos and Aggies meet for the third time this season in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Semifinals Friday at Noon PT/2 p.m. CT. The game is televised live on ESPN+ with announcers Mychal Clanton, Sed Bonner and sideline reporter Rachel Vigil.
- The Roos are appearing in their second-ever WAC semifinal game (since 2014). In 2017, UMKC lost to New Mexico State, 71-63, in the round of four.
- UMKC is enjoying success at a level not seen in almost a decade. The 16 season wins is the most since the 2011-12 Roos went 22-12 overall. Also, the 9-7 WAC record is the highest amount of conference wins since UMKC joined the league in 2013-14.
- New Mexico State is riding a 15-game win streak into Friday’s semifinal, not losing since Jan. 10 against Grand Canyon.
- In the two regular season meetings this year, New Mexico State won 90-86 in Kansas City on Jan. 31 and posted a 68-61 victory at home on Feb. 28.
- Junior Ericka Mattingly has averaged 17.0 points and 7.0 assists, while senior Kristen Moore as posted averages of 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two previous meetings.
- UMKC has played a No. 1 seed one other time in the WAC tournament, the loss to the Aggies in the 2017 semifinals.
#WACvegas tournament quick-hitters
- The No. 4 seed is the highest all-time for the Roos in the WAC tournament. UMKC is searching for its first-ever conference tournament championship title.
- After the quarterfinal win, UMKC improved to 2-5 all-time in the WAC tournament, since becoming league members in 2013-14. The previous win occurred in the 2017 tournament.
- In postseason conference tournament history dating back to 1995 (members in Mid-Continent, Summit League, WAC), the Roos are 2-4 all-time in semifinal games. The wins came during the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference semifinal and the 2012 Summit League semifinal.
- The years when UMKC played in a semifinal league tournament was 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2017.
- Playing against a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, UMKC is 0-6 all-time dating back to 1995. The last such game came against top seed New Mexico State in 2017.
- The years when UMKC played a top seed was 2000, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2017.
- In the six previous losses to the No. 1 seed, the average margin of loss was 7.3 points. The narrowest loss was a 78-77 overtime setback in 2012.
- In two previous conference tournament championship games, UMKC is 0-2. The appearances occurred in the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference title game and the 2012 Summit League title contest.
- The 78 points scored Wednesday against Utah Valley was the highest amount for UMKC in the WAC tournament in seven all-time contests.
- The 11 of 30 performance from behind the arc Wednesday is the highest amount in makes and attempts in seven all-time WAC tournament games.
- The 30 bench points Wednesday is the highest output in WAC postseason history. The Roos were 30-10 in that department in the quarterfinal win.
- Ericka Mattingly
- Set a UMKC single-game WAC tournament record with 27 points on Wednesday. She went 8 of 18 from the floor and added six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
- With her 27 points Wednesday, she has now strung together 14-straight games with 10-plus points. Overall, she has hit double-digits in 28-of-30 games this year.
- With five assists today, Mattingly now stands six shy of tying Penny Waggner’s school single-season assist record (188) set back in the 1984-85 season. She now has 182 heading into Friday’s semifinal.
- She pushed her season scoring total to 577, which is good for fourth on the UMKC single-season list. She needs three more points to pass the third position. Dayon Hall-Jones had 579 during the 2011-12 season and Eilise O’Connor had 643 during the 2013-14 campaign. Stephanie Worthy holds the all-time single-season record with 712.
- In NCAA statistical rankings, Mattingly is No. 8 (tied) for total steals (97), No. 9 (tied) in assists per game (6.1) and No. 34 (tied) in scoring (19.2).
- One of seven players in the nation to record multiple triple doubles on the year.
- Recently jumped over Brooke Salas of New Mexico State for first place in the WAC in points per game (19.2) (Salas has 19.0). Mattingly now leads the WAC in points, assists (6.1) and steals (3.2) per game as well.
- Leilah Vigil
- Her 11 rebounds today pushed her season total to 17 games with at least 10 boards.
- In NCAA statistical rankings, tied for No. 39 nationally in rebounding (9.9).
- Her 13 season double-doubles is tied for No. 34 in the NCAA.
- Emily Ivory
- With 82 three-pointers on the year, she is five away from tying the single-season individual school record set by Veda McNeal (1992-93), who had 87. Ivory already established herself as the record holder for UMKC freshmen with her season 3-pointers.
- She set the freshman season 3-point record during the Feb. 28 game against New Mexico State surpassing the 73 of Calli White.
- In NCAA statistical rankings, No. 40 nationally in three-pointers made per game (2.73) and tied for No. 40 in total three-pointers (82).
- Kristen Moore
- Recorded her third double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
- That point-rebound double-double was the fourth time a Roo player accomplished the feat in the WAC tournament (in seven games).
- Is the only player with previous WAC tournament experience. Wednesday was her sixth postseason game and she now has 70 tournament points.