UTSA routs Concordia Texas on Monday night, 88-29
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA opened the game on an 18-4 run and never trailed in an 88-29 victory against Concordia Texas on Monday night at the Convocation Center.
Sophomore Ashley Spaletta scored a game-high 12 points to lead the Roadrunners (2-0), who scored 47 points off 35 Tornados turnovers. Junior Miki Turner and freshman Akunna Elonu added 11 apiece, while senior Lyndi Thorman netted 10.
Meanwhile, Voneshia Williams paced Concordia Texas, which played the game as an exhibition, with five points and a half dozen rebounds.
Senior Jalisa Montgomery ignited the game-opening run with a jumper and baskets from senior Whitney Wright and Turner gave the home squad a quick 6-0 advantage.
Following a Tyler Compton jumper, UTSA got a pair of free throws from senior Cori Cooper before Turner connected from behind the 3-point arc to stretch the lead to 11-2.
Compton connected twice from the free-throw line, but back-to-back treys from Spaletta and freshman Niaga Mitchell-Cole and a free throw by the San Antonio native made it 18-4 with 11 minutes to go in the half.
The Roadrunners finished the period on a 19-2 run that spanned the final 6:43 to take a 46-13 lead into halftime.
UTSA held the Tornados to just 20.8 percent shooting in the stanza and forced 21 turnovers.
The Birds outscored Concordia Texas, 24-3, in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with half of its points coming in the paint, to widen the lead to 54 and the visitors did not get closer than 50 the rest of the way.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Roadrunners had scored their most points since a 93-62 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 23, 2011.
Senior Jermini Malone did not score in the contest, but the Saline, La., native logged a game-high eights assists, which was just one off her career high. Her effort helped UTSA total 22 helpers on its 31 baskets.
The Roadrunners finished the contest with a 43.7 field goal percentage and they also connected on 78.3 percent of their free throws.
UTSA will be back in action on Friday when Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-1) comes to town. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.