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UTSA holds off Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, 65-61

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 02/14/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA women’s basketball team built a double-digit lead and held off a late surge by Stephen F. Austin for a 65-61 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

Senior Amber Gregg led four UTSA players in double figures with a game-high 21 points, while junior Ashley Gardner finished with 14. Sophomore Lyndi Thorman added the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds and senior Alysse Davis just missed doing the same with 10 points and nine boards.

Decreasha Goodner led the Ladyjacks (8-15, 5-5 SLC) with 17 points.

The opening 10 minutes saw five lead changes and two ties before UTSA (11-12, 7-3 SLC) grabbed a four-point advantage on a 3-pointer by Gregg. The lead quickly dwindled on a 3-pointer by Ebony Alexander and the Ladyjacks built a 22-18 lead on Chantol Drennan’s layup with 6:13 to play in the half.

That would be Stephen F. Austin’s last basket of the stanza and the Roadrunners took advantage by going on a 9-0 run to take a 27-22 lead into the locker room.

Davis ignited the run by drawing a foul and converting a pair of free throws. Fellow senior Kelsey Ansley hit her second 3-pointer of the season before Gregg and sophomore Jermini Malone capped the stretch with back-to-back layups.

After a 3-pointer by Tammara Marion cut the lead to two in the opening minutes of the second half, the Roadrunners scored eight of the next 10 points to extend the edge back to eight at 37-29.

UTSA relied on its shooting touch to stay in front, as Davis and Gregg both connected from behind the arc to give the Roadrunners their largest lead of the game, 10, with six minutes to play.

With two minutes remaining, Stephen F. Austin elected to extend the game with quick offense and fouls. The Ladyjacks trimmed a 10-point lead down to three with four seconds to play before a Garnder free throw sealed the four-point triumph.

UTSA is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 16, when they travel to Southland leader McNeese State (17-6, 9-1 SLC) for a 7 p.m. matchup.

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