Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
KANSAS CITY, MO - Saturday afternoon saw the New Mexico State Aggies women’s basketball team square off against the Western Athletic Conference opponent UMKC Roos, at the Swinney Recreation Center located in Kansas City, Mo.
The two teams previously faced off on Jan. 5 as the Aggies bested the Roos at home, 78-72. The game on Saturday saw much of the same as NM State swept the season series against UMKC with the win, 60-43.
NM State came out strong, beginning with a 6-0 run to start the game. After the run, the teams began to trade baskets as the Aggies Brooke Salas led the way with 11 points. At the end of the first quarter, NM State led UMKC, 17-14. The lead was built off of strong play in the paint as they outscored the opposition, 10-4.
The second quarter of the game was all New Mexico State as the team went on a 19-0 run to open which widened their lead. On top of good shooting, strong defense held the opposition scoreless for 11:57, which gave the Aggies a 36-17 lead at the end of the first half.
Heading to the locker room, Salas was the leading scorer for NM State with 11 points as Moriah Mack and Tamera William each put up six. The Aggies led in points off of turnovers (13-4), second chance points (8-2), points in the paint (24-6) and points off the bench (17-6), which helped the team build a comfortable lead heading into the locker room.
UMKC came out in the third on a 9-0 run to cut into NM State’s lead and force head coach Mark Trakh to call for a timeout at the 6:40 mark. The call was able to slow down the tempo, for both teams, as neither scored over the next two minutes of play. Gia Pack ended the scoring drought with a three-pointer that gave momentum back to the Aggies as they closed out on a 9-5 run and were ahead 48-34 heading into the final quarter.
The contest closed out with the lowest scoring 10 minutes of play in the fourth as the Aggies used tough defense and efficient shooting to hold on for a 60-43 win. Scoring for the Aggies was led by Gia Pack (16 points), followed by Moriah Mack (12 points) and Brooke Salas (11 points). NM State held UMKC, the WAC leader in field goal percentage (42.4 FG pct.), to only 31.0 percent from the field, while the Aggies shot 51.0 percent to top the conference foe.
After the road victory, NM State moves to 13-6 on the year and 5-0 in WAC play. The team will return home for their next game on Thursday, Jan. 26 against Seattle U at 7 p.m. MT.