San Francisco stuns Roadrunners in overtime, 61-60
SAN ANTONIO — Taylor Proctor scored a game-high 21 points, including a buzzer-beating 15-foot jumper, to lift San Francisco to a 61-60 overtime victory at UTSA on Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Senior Simone Young paced the Roadrunners (5-3) with 14 points, while sophomore Kamra King and senior Miki Turner added 13 and 10, respectively.
Proctor also pulled down a game-high 14 boards for the first double-double of her career for the Dons (4-3). Mel Khlok finished with 19 points and Taj Winston also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior Whitney Wright’s jumper with 2:28 to go in regulation put UTSA up 52-46, but San Francisco scored the final six points, including a pair of Proctor free throws with two seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.
Sophomore Jenny Menz, who finished the contest with nine points, opened the extra session with a layup and her free throw following a basket by Gordon gave the Birds a 56-55 lead that proved to be the last for the home squad.
A Proctor jumper and two freebies by Khlok put USF up by three, 59-56, with a minute to play.
Young answered with a pair of free throws of her own and her running layup with 13.4 ticks left gave the Roadrunners a 60-59 edge.
However, Gordon drove down the court and found Proctor open on the baseline to give the Dons their first road win of the season.
Proctor scored the game’s first five points and San Francisco’s first seven to help the visitors grab a lead it did not relinquish until the 6:04 mark of the first half. Turner and Young hit jumpers to trim the lead to one, before Proctor connected on a pair of free throws.
Gordon then hit a 3-pointer and Winston scored to give the Dons their largest lead of the half, 12-6.
San Francisco grabbed an 18-13 cushion on another Proctor jumper before UTSA went on a 10-1 run for its first advantage of the contest.
A Turner layup started the run, which lasted nearly three minutes, and the Houston native came up with another jumper after a 3-pointer by Menz. A Khlok free throw cut the lead to one, but King capped the spurt with a trey for a 23-19 advantage with 4:51 to go.
The Dons answered with eight consecutive points of their own and did not trail the rest of the half. Another Menz 3-pointer tied the score at 29, but San Francisco scored the final four points of the stanza for a 33-29 halftime edge.
After trading baskets to start the second half, a Proctor layup gave the Dons a 37-33 edge before the Roadrunners scored 10 of the next dozen points.
King ignited the offense with a 3-pointer and hit a pair at the charity stripe for a 38-37 lead. Wright and Khlok traded layups before Young capped the stretch with a 3-pointer to make it 43-39.
The Dons struggled from the floor and went just 1-of-9 during that stretch before Winston connected from downtown with 10:03 remaining on the clock.
UTSA scored the next six for its largest lead of the contest, 49-42, with 5:02 left in regulation, but the Birds scored just three points the rest of the way.
The Roadrunners shot 35.1 percent from the field, but they hit just 9-of-32 (28.1 percent) shots after halftime.
Meanwhile, the Dons shot just 33.3 percent, but they connectied on three of their six attempts in overtime and outscored the Birds, 28-24, in the paint.
UTSA will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when they travel to Fort Worth for a 7 p.m. matchup at TCU (3-2).