UTSA defense halts UNLV on Saturday afternoon, 61-46
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA held UNLV to a season-low 46 points and the Roadrunners also snapped a three-game losing streak with a 61-46 victory against the Lady Rebels on Saturday at the Convocation Center.
UTSA (6-4), which notched its first win against a Mountain West Conference opponent since a Dec. 29, 2008, triumph against Colorado State, was led by sophomore Kamra King’s game-high 13 points. Senior Simone Young added 11, while fellow senior Cori Cooper came off the bench to score 10 and grab seven rebounds.
Meanwhile, Kelli Thompson paced UNLV (3-6), which shot just 29.8 percent, with a dozen points on 4-of-16 shooting.
UTSA shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) for the game, including a 50 percent (13-of-26) in the second half. The Roadrunners also scored 27 points off 21 Lady Rebels turnovers and received a 27-point effort from their bench.
After trading baskets to start the second half, UNLV scored eight consecutive points to trim a six-point halftime deficit to just one, 30-29.
However, UTSA responded with a 14-2 run and the lead did not dip below nine the rest of the way.
A free throw from senior Whitney York started the decisive stretch, which lasted nearly five minutes and gave the Roadrunners a 44-31 lead with 10:43 to play.
Two more freebies from Cooper were followed by a Young 3-pointer and layup from redshirt freshman Mannasha Bell. Senior Jermini Malone sandwiched a pair of layups around UNLV's lone basket of the stretch and senior Whitney Wright capped the spurt with a jumper in the paint.
The Lady Rebels cut the deficit to nine points on three occasions only to watch UTSA score on the following possession each time.
The Roadrunners scored eight of the final 11 points in the contest and held UNLV to just two baskets in the last four minutes en route to the final 15-point margin.
The Lady Rebels scored six of the game’s first eight points before a Wright layup and King 3-pointer gave UTSA its first lead of the game. UNLV tied the score twice with a free throw and basket from Thompson before the Roadrunners went on an 11-0 run, which was fueled by buckets from five different players.
A Young layup started the stretch and it was followed by baskets from York, senior Jalisa Montgomery and Cooper before King capped the run with a 3-pointer for a 20-9 advantage. UTSA forced six missed shots and a half dozen turnovers during the stretch, which was cut off by a pair of Thompson free throws.
In all, the Roadrunners held UNLV without a basket for more than seven minutes before Amanda Anderson’s triple ended the drought.
A jumper by sophomore Jenny Menz with 3:55 on the clock gave UTSA a 25-15 lead, but the Lady Rebels scored the final four points of the stanza to cut the halftime deficit to 25-19.
The Roadrunners open up a three-game road stretch on Thursday, Dec. 20, when they travel to Houston for a 7 p.m. matchup at Rice (3-4).