Spaletta leads UTSA past UT Arlington on Saturday night, 73-45
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA shot 56.3 percent in the second half and got a career-high 21 points from Ashley Spaletta en route to a 73-45 victory against UT Arlington on Saturday evening at the Convocation Center.
A week after tying her previous best with 18 in a win at New Mexico State, Spaletta came off the bench and connected on 7-of-13 attempts from behind the arc to set a new personal standard. Her seven triples tied Simone Young’s output at TCU and were just one away from tying the school record.
She was joined in double figures by Mannasha Bell, who scored all of her 11 points in the second half, and Whitney York, who also netted 11. In all, 11 of the 13 players that saw action scored.
The Roadrunners (13-11, 7-6 WAC) went 18-of-32 from the floor in the second half and shot 45.2 percent (28-of-62) for the contest overall. The Birds also held a 41-26 edge on the glass and scored 30 points in the paint.
Meanwhile, Jordan Holub paced the Mavericks (4-18, 2-10 WAC), who committed 25 turnovers, with 13 points.
UTSA grabbed three of its 10 offensive rebounds in the first half on the game’s first possession, which ended with Cori Cooper’s 15-foot jumper.
Back-to-back baskets by UTA provided its only lead of the contest, 4-2, and that margin quickly was erased when the Roadrunners rattled off nine of the next 11 points for an 11-6 advantage.
The Mavericks tied the score for the third and final time with five consecutive points, but that flurry was answered with an 8-0 UTSA run that put the home squad ahead for good.
Kamra King started the stretch with a free throw that was followed by the first of Spaletta’s three first-half 3-pointers for a 15-11 lead. Miki Turner then connected at the charity stripe before another triple from Spaletta capped the run.
A pair of UT Arlington baskets cut the lead to 19-15, but that was as close as the visitors got the rest of the way.
The Roadrunners outscored the Mavericks 10-4 over the final two minutes of the stanza to take a 29-19 lead into the locker room.
After a slow start to the second half, UTSA scored inside and, in doing so, opened up its outside shooters.
Bell scored three consecutive buckets in the paint to start the scoring for the Roadrunners. Spaletta followed with her fourth triple of the game and another Bell bucket pushed the edge to 40-24.
A Bell jumper in the paint gave UTSA a 21-point cushion, 47-26, and the advantage dipped below 20 just once, 50-31, the rest of the way.
Spaletta hit three consecutive 3-pointers to pace a 14-5 stretch that lasted just 2:06. York followed those baskets with a layup, King then found Niaga Mitchell-Cole in the corner for a trey and UTSA had its largest lead of the game, 64-33.
Mathilde Hergott hit a 3-pointer with 5:50 to play to complete the Roadrunners’ 9-of-20 night from behind the arc and they cruised to the 28-point triumph.
UTSA will be back in action at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, when it hosts I-35 rival Texas State (9-14, 3-10 WAC). The game will serve as the Roadrunners’ annual Play4Kay game to promote breast cancer awareness.