Roos come up short in battle for first place

In a battle for first place in the WAC, the UMKC women’s basketball team came up short on Thursday, Jan. 31 against New Mexico State, falling 90-86 at Swinney Rec Center.

Both teams came in with two of the top players in the conference: the WAC preseason player of the year, senior guard Brooke Salas for NMSU, and UMKC’s junior guard Ericka Mattingly.

Salas entered the contest averaging 18.6 points per game, but the Roos held her to eight points. Mattingly finished with 17 points and nine assists.

The Roos lead early in the first quarter, but the Aggies lead 35-32 at the half. At the start of the third quarter, the Roos regained the lead 44-39.

Freshman forward Leilah Vigil kept the hope of a comeback alive for the Roos, finishing with 13 of UMKC’s 35 rebounds, along with 23 points.

In the fourth quarter with 30 seconds left on the clock and down by seven, freshman guard Emily Ivory and sophomore guard Taylor Larson nailed two shots, bringing the Aggies lead down to three points.

Down by three with 14 seconds left, Aggies freshman Tayelin Grays was fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws, stopping the Roos’ comeback.

Despite the loss, the Roos had five players in double digits and outrebounded New Mexico State 35-33.

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