Roadrunners outlast Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in overtime, 55-50
CORPUS CHRISTI — Kamra King poured in a game-high 19 points and came up with a key steal in overtime to lead UTSA to a 55-50 victory at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday night at the American Bank Center.
King made three 3-pointers and 6-of-9 at the free-throw line to helped the Roadrunners (5-4) win their seventh straight game against their former Southland Conference foe Islanders (4-3).
Trailing by five with less than three minutes to play, Ashley Spaletta drained a three from the right wing to make it 49-47. Three empty Islanders possessions gave the ball back to UTSA with the shot clock turned off.
Miki Turner drove into the lane but her jumper was off the mark. Mannasha Bell grabbed the rebound and her follow was good to knot the score at 49-49 with 2.7 seconds left. A desperation three by Ashley Darley was no good at the buzzer and the game moved to the extra period.
After nearly three scoreless minutes, Niaga Mitchell-Cole's layup at the 2:08 mark broke the ice and a pair of free throws by Turner 18 seconds later gave UTSA a 53-49 lead.
The Islanders missed two jumpers, but came up with offensive boards on both before King's theft with 10 seconds left clinched the victory. The Norman, Okla., native was fouled trying to dribble out the clock and she made both with 2.7 ticks left to provide the final five-point margin.
Bell added 10 points and eight rebounds, while Spaletta finished with eight points and a team-high nine boards.
UTSA overcame a 54-39 deficit on the boards by holding the Islanders to just 23.6-percent shooting (13-55) and forcing 30 turnovers. The Roadrunners also limited the Islanders' leading scorer, Jasmine Shaw (16.8 ppg), to two points.
King drained a pair of early 3-pointers to help stake UTSA to a 10-2 lead through the first six minutes. The lead remained eight after a Dwanisha Tate layup made it 14-6 midway through the half.
The Islanders responded with a 14-2 run, including nine unanswered points that gave the home team a 20-16 edge with just over four minutes remaining until intermission.
King stopped the 9-0 spurt with her third trey and her layup in the final minute following a steal by Turner helped the Roadrunners reclaim the lead, 27-25, at the half.
UTSA opened the second half on a 12-3 run over the first seven and a half minutes to build the lead to 39-28.
The Islanders trimmed the deficit to four with a 7-0 run, five of the points coming at the charity stripe.
UTSA still held a 43-38 with just under eight minutes remaining before A&M-Corpus Christi used another run to reclaim the lead for the second time.
Brittany Mbamalu converted a three-point play with 4:44 left to knot the score at 43-43 and she then gave the Islanders a two-point advantage with a pair of free throws on their next possession. A layup by Darley made it 47-43 and Mbamalu knocked down a jumper to give A&M-Corpus Christi a 49-44 lead with 2:11 to go.
Shola Adebayo led A&M-Corpus Christi with 15 points on the strength of an 11-for-13 performance at the free-throw line, while Mbamalu added 12 points and Brandi Huff grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Roadrunners return home to host Abilene Christian (6-2) at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Convocation Center.