WICHITA, Kan. — UTSA opened the second half on a 14-3 run, but Wichita State used a late 12-2 spurt to pull away for a 50-36 victory on Sunday afternoon at Charles Koch Arena.
Senior Simone Young led the Roadrunners (3-1) with 10 points, all of which came in the second half.
Meanwhile, Alex Harden went 8-of-10 from the floor for a game-high 18 points to lead the Shockers (2-1).
Trailing 29-11 at halftime, UTSA opened the second period on a roll.
The run started with a 3-pointer from sophomore Kamra King and a Young jumper. After a basket by Harden, the Roadrunners held the home squad without a basket for nearly six minutes to help fuel the rally.
Young hit another jumper and a pair of free throws in the spurt that was capped by a layup from freshman Akunna Elonu, who also finished with a team-high seven rebounds.
Wichita State extended the lead to 38-28 midway through the half on a basket by Jazimen Gordon, but four freebies by Young trimmed the advantage to six with 8:55 to play.
The Roadrunners outscored the Shockers, 21-9, in the frame at that point, but Wichita State halted the rally by scoring 12 of the next 16 points to finish off the 14-point triumph.
Junior Miki Turner's free throw put UTSA on the board in the first minute before Wichita State connected four times from the floor for an early 8-1 advantage.
Playing in her first regular-season contest since the 2009-10 season, senior Whitney York gave the Roadrunners their first basket, which was followed by two more Shockers buckets that extended the lead to 12-3.
Jessica Diamond’s layup with 8:36 to go in the period gave the Shockers a double-digit cushion (16-6) and Wichita State held UTSA scoreless over the final 3:30 of the half to build an 18-point cushion going into intermission.
The Shockers shot just 28.6 percent in the second half and finished with 19 turnovers, which the Roadrunners turned into 17 points.
However, Wichita State held UTSA to just 21.7-percent shooting for the game and held a 46-28 advantage on the glass.
The Roadrunners will be back in action at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, when they host Austin Peay (1-2) in the opening contest of the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic.