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Davis leads UTSA rout at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 02/24/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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CORPUS CHRISTI — Senior Alysse Davis made a successful return to her hometown by scoring a game-high 19 points to lead UTSA to a 93-62 rout at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday night at American Bank Center.

The 93 points set a program scoring record in regulation of a conference game, as the Roadrunners improved to 13-13 overall and 9-4 in Southland Conference play.

Fellow senior Amber Gregg finished with 18 points, including 10 in a row at one point, while senior Ashleigh Franklin scored 15 and pulled down a half dozen rebounds.

Ashley Darley paced the Islanders (2-24, 0-13 SLC) with 13 points.

A&M-Corpus Christi struck first on its opening possession with a 15-foot jumper by Darley. UTSA took a 10-7 advantage on a layup from Franklin before rattling off a 13-0 run to take control of the game.

Four different players scored during the outburst, led by five points from sophomore Lyndi Thorman. Davis hit her second 3-pointer of the frame and baskets by junior Ashley Gardner and Gregg helped give the Roadrunners a commanding 23-7 lead.

However, the Islanders began to pound the ball inside to score 13 of the next 17 points and trim the deficit to nine (29-20).

The Roadrunners responded and outscored Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 18-8 the rest of the way.

A jumper by Gregg along with back-to-back 3-pointers by Davis quickly rebuilt the lead and UTSA took a comfortable 47-28 advantage into the half.

The 47-point effort, the team's largest first-half output of the season, was aided by a 60.6-percent shooting performance from the field.

The Roadrunners never let up in the final frame en route to their season-high scoring performance.

Franklin opened the second half with six consecutive points to push the lead to more than 20 for good.

Davis added to her total with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 65-37 lead with 12 minutes to play.

Minutes later, Gregg went on a scoring spree with 10 of her 18 points in a two-and-a-half minute span for a 75-45 advantage.

From that point, the lead never dipped below 30 and sophomore Jermini Malone’s free throw with 52 seconds remaining gave UTSA its highest all-time total in a league game, besting a 92-point effort against Nicholls in 1994.

In all, 10 of the 12 players that saw the floor put a dent in the scoring column and UTSA shot 50 percent for the second time this season.

The Roadrunners return to the Alamo City for a Saturday matchup with I-35 rival Texas State (9-17, 4-9 SLC). Tip is scheduld for 4 p.m. UTSA defeated the Bobcats, 69-63, on Jan. 22.

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