Roadrunners begin practice on Tuesday
SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA women’s basketball team opened fall practice on Tuesday in preparation for its first and only campaign in the Western Athletic Conference.
Led by 13th-year head coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair, the Roadrunners return 11 players from last year’s squad and welcome four newcomers into the fold. Among the returnees is sophomore Kamra King, who led the team with 10.4 points and 1.9 steals per game and was the Southland Conference’s top scoring freshman a season ago.
Senior Whitney York and redshirt freshman Mannasha Bell return to action after missing most of last year with injuries. After scoring four points with a pair of assists and steals in UTSA’s exhibition win against McMurry, York suffered a season-ending injury in practice and was granted a sixth year of eligibility. Meanwhile, Bell started the season’s first nine games and averaged 8.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest before missing the remainder of the slate.
The longest-tenured coach in UTSA history, Rippetoe-Blair reached a pair of milestones by notching her 200th win with the Roadrunners and 300th career victory a season ago. She is joined on the bench by associate head coach Lubomyr Lichonczak, who is in his 11th season with the program, first-year assistant coaches Deidra Johnson and KC Cowgill and director of operations Angelo Hill.
UTSA will host McMurry in an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 3, before officially opening the 2012-13 slate six days later at home against Texas-Pan American.