SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will get its 2013-14 season underway on Friday night with a 7 p.m. exhibition game against East Central (Okla.).
Friday’s contest will mark the debut for first-year head coach Luby Lichonczak, who has spent the past 11 years as an assistant for the Roadrunners, the final nine as the program's associate head coach.
UTSA returns seven letterwinners and two starters from last year’s team that finished 16-14 overall and 10-8 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Roadrunners finished fourth in the WAC standings after being picked to finish eighth in the preseason media poll and ninth in the coaches’ rankings.
UTSA will be competing in its third conference in as many seasons after officially joining Conference USA on July 1, 2013. The Roadrunners competed as members of the Southland Conference from 1992-2012 before joining the WAC a year ago.
Kamra King returns to the fold after leading UTSA in scoring each of the last two seasons. The Norman, Okla., native averaged 9.3 points per game in 2012-13 after scoring 10.4 per outing as a freshman. In addition to King, the Birds return starting point guard Miki Turner, along with forward Mannasha Bell and reserves Ashley Spaletta and Niaga Mitchell-Cole.
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