SAN ANTONIO — Senior Amber Gregg scored 12 points to become the 12th player in UTSA history to reach 1,000 career points and she helped lead the Roadrunners to a 71-58 victory against Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
Sophomore Lyndi Thorman, who was 7-for-10 from the field, tied her career high for the second consecutive game with a team-best 14 points, while senior Ashleigh Franklin logged her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow senior Kelsey Ansley tied a career best with 11 points for UTSA (10-12, 6-3 SLC), which snapped a two-game slide.
Rashima Jenkins and Kelli Jenkins scored 16 points apiece to lead the Lady Lions (10-11, 2-7 SLC).
Southeastern controlled the first four minutes and Jenkins’ layup gave the Lady Lions a 9-5 advantage. However, it would prove to be their largest lead of the contest as UTSA responded with a 19-0 run to claim the lead.
Gregg ignited the run with a 3-pointer and another field goal from downtown at the 14:36 mark gave the Austin native 1,002 career points.
The Roadrunners pounded the ball inside for three consecutive baskets in the paint before a 3-pointer by sophomore Jermini Malone capped the outburst and pushed the margin to 15 at 24-9.
With two minutes to play in the half, a Thorman layup gave UTSA its largest lead of the half, 20, and the Roadrunners took a 42-27 lead into intermission.
UTSA’s 42 points was its largest first-half output of the season and the Roadrunners shot 47-percent, including 50-percent from 3-point range, in the frame.
The Birds maintained the 15-point lead in the opening minutes of the second half by getting the ball inside to Thorman, who scored the first six points of the frame.
Minutes later, that presence in the paint fueled an 11-2 run over six minutes to extend the lead to 22 (59-37). Ansley scored nine of her 11 points during the stretch that was capped by another inside basket, this time from junior Ashley Gardner.
Southeastern battled back and used an 11-1 run to cut the deficit to 10 with two-and-a-half minutes to play.
However, UTSA thwarted the comeback effort at the free throw line, going 11-for-14 at the charity stripe in the final two minutes.
The Roadrunners will remain at home on Saturday when they face Stephen F. Austin (8-14, 5-4 SLC) at 2 p.m. The game can be seen live in the San Antonio area on Time Warner Cable (channel 50).