Wright's double-double propels UTSA to 56-46 victory at Texas State
SAN MARCOS — Senior Whitney Wright recorded the third double-double of her career with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead UTSA to 56-46 victory at I-35 rival Texas State on Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum.
Wright added four blocks as the Roadrunners (10-8, 4-3 WAC) won their third consecutive game overall and fourth consecutive away from the Convocation Center. She was joined in double figures by junior Miki Turner, who finished with 11 points.
UTSA scored 34 of its points in the paint and outrebounded the Bobcats, 51-40. The Birds clamped down on the defensive end and held Texas State (7-10, 1-6 WAC) to 30 percent shooting and its lowest point total of the season.
The Bobcats were paced by Diamond Ford, who scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the second half. Ayriel Anderson and Jasmine Baugus both finished with 11.
UTSA opened the second half with a 14-3 run to stretch a 24-19 halftime lead to 34-20 with 12:11 to play.
Wright started the spurt with a layup that was followed by free throws from freshman Mannasha Bell and sophomore Kamra King. An old-fashioned three-point play by Wright followed by a running jumper from senior Simone Young made it 34-20 and forced the Bobcats to call a timeout.
Turner added a pair of baskets to cap the stretch that saw just Texas State connected on just three free throws.
Baugus’ bucket with 11:42 to go was the home squad’s first of the second half and ended a 12-minute, 38-second drought from the field that started after Ford’s 3-pointer with 4:02 to play in the opening stanza.
However, Ford helped the Bobcats chip away at the UTSA lead. The senior guard, who came into the game with the nation’s 11th-best scoring average at 21.1 points per game, set up an Anderson 3-pointer and then hit a pair of free throws to pull the Bobcats to within six at 47-41 with 3:25 remaining.
A jumper by Erin Peoples with 1:26 to go made it 50-46, but Texas State got no closer, as UTSA scored the game’s final six points.
Young answered Peoples’ basket with a jumper of her own before knocking down a pair of freebies, while senior Whitney York put the finishing touches on the triumph at the charity stripe.
The Roadrunners opened the contest with three baskets inside for a quick 6-0 advantage. York drove the lane for back-to-back jumpers before Bell scored the first of her six first-half points with a layup.
Turner provided UTSA with an 8-4 lead with a jumper in the lane before Texas State went on a 10-2 run. The 14-10 lead proved to be its largest of the contest, but Bell’s basket with 6:33 on the clock gave the Birds a 16-15 advantage and they did not trail the rest of the way.
UTSA held the Bobcats to their lowest first-half point total of the season in leading 24-19.
The Roadrunners will return to the friendly confines of the Convocation Center on Thursday, Jan. 24, for a 7 p.m. matchup with Seattle (9-6, 6-0 WAC).