NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At UMKC 56-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO – The New Mexico State women’s basketball team fell 56-52 to Kansas City at the Swinney Rec Center in a defensive slugfest on Sunday afternoon. The game had originally been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11, but it was pushed back a day due to inclement weather in the Kansas City area.

The Aggies (5-11, 2-1 WAC) fell behind 10-6 early but a three from Rodrea Echols sparked a run that saw NM State take an 18-12 lead. The Roos (10-8, 3-1) then scored the final four points of the quarter and New Mexico State led 18-16 after one. NM State held KC to 30.8-percent shooting for the quarter.

The second quarter began back-and-forth while Kansas City started to get hot from three. With the game tied at 22, the Roos hit back-to-back threes that gave them the momentum and they took a 33-28 lead into the locker room at the half.

With Kansas City leading 38-32 at the 6:10 mark of the third quarter, Adrianna Henderson and Amanda Soderqvist hit back-to-back threes and Soufia Inoussa converted a layup in transition to give the Aggies a 40-38 lead. After the Roos bounced back with five quick points, Henderson hit another three with 30 seconds in the third and the teams entered the fourth quarter locked in a 43-43 tie.

The fourth was a grinder as both teams locked in on defense. Despite this, the Aggies took a 52-47 lead with two minutes left in regulation after an offensive board and put-back from Inoussa. However, Kansas City rallied and ended the game on a 9-0 run to pick up its first win against NM State since 2014.

Soderqvist scored 13 for the Aggies and Pack added her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. As a team, NM State held KC to just 29-percent shooting from the floor but the Roos went to the line 22 times and converted 17 of those chances while the Aggies were awarded just nine free throws. NM State also locked down Roos’ star Ericka Mattingly who was held to just two points with no made field goals and fouled out with 5:44 to play.

New Mexico State returns to the Pan American Center on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., to take on Utah Valley in a WAC showdown. Fans unable to attend can catch all the action live on the WAC Digital Network.