RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros women’s basketball team fell 72-58 to the Kansas City Roos on Thursday at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.
Redshirt junior Amara Graham led UTRGV (9-13, 4-5 WAC) with 14 points by making a career-high four three-pointers. Redshirt sophomore Ashlei Lopez added 12 points with a pair of rebounds while redshirt junior Zhane Templeton chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.
Ericka Mattingly led all scorers with 17 points with nine assists. Tajah Foster-Walker added 14 points with five rebounds while Cristina Soriano scored 12 points with 15 rebounds and seven assists. Emily Ivory chipped in with 12 points.
UTRGV jumped out to the early 9-2 lead after a three-pointer by Graham, a jumper by Templeton, and a pair of free throws and a layup from graduate student Jordan Agustus. Kansas City (14-9, 7-2 WAC) answered back with a 9-0 that was capped by a three-pointer by Ivory to take the 11-9 lead.
After another three-pointer by Graham that gave UTRGV the 12-11 lead, Kansas City closed out the first quarter with 12 straight points to take the 23-12 lead.
In the second quarter, a layup by junior Trelynn Tyler got UTRGV within 26-20 with 6:19 left in the half but later in the quarter back-to-back buckets from Mattingly got Kansas City’s lead to 35-25 before taking the 38-27 lead into halftime.
Kansas City opened the scoring in the third with back-to-back layups by Foster-Walker before senior Megan Johnson and Agustus answered back with layups of their own to get UTRGV within 42-31 with 7:01 left in the third.
The Roos closed out the quarter with buckets from Mattingly and Janaie Johnson before opening the fourth quarter with nine straight points to open up its lead to 68-40. Kansas City took its biggest lead of the night after a jumper by Foster-Walker that made it 72-42 with 6:04 left to play.
The Vaqueros didn’t allow another point as they closed out the game with a 16-0 run but the lead was too much to overcome.
The Vaqueros will back in action on Saturday when it hosts Chicago State at 12 p.m. at the UTRGV Fieldhouse. Fans can take advantage of Friends & Family Four Packs featuring four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four drinks for $34. Current UTRGV students get free general admission with a valid UTRGV student ID. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at UTRGVTickets.com. Fans purchasing their tickets online prior to game day can save up to $2 per ticket. Doors open at 11 a.m.