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UTSA clinches Southland Conference West Division Championship on Saturday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 03/07/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — Senior Alysse Davis tied a career high with 22 points and six 3-pointers to lead UTSA to a 77-53 victory against UT Arlington and its second Southland Conference West Division crown in the last three seasons on Saturday at the Convocation Center.

Senior Ashleigh Franklin recorded her sixth double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while senior Amber Gregg chipped in with 13 points for the Roadrunners (15-14, 11-5 SLC), who used a 33-3 second-half stretch to sprint away with the win.

The lead changed hands seven times in the opening minutes before UTSA went on a 16-2 run to take the lead for good. An inside basket by Franklin provided the game’s eighth lead change and ignited the spurt. After a bucket by sophomore Lyndi Thorman, Davis scored eight consecutive points with a jumper and back-to-back 3-pointers. Gregg capped the run and made it 24-11 with back-to-back baskets.

A Michelle Rodriguez 3-pointer brought UT Arlington (8-20, 5-11 SLC) within nine at 33-24, but another Davis 3-pointer pushed the lead to 37-26 at halftime. The Roadrunners turned 12 Mavericks turnovers into 13 points.

UT Arlington used a 9-1 stretch in the first five minutes of the second half to trim the deficit to four, but that was as close as it got the rest of the way, as UTSA outscored the Mavs by 30 points over the next 10 minutes to put the Senior Day contest out of reach.

Davis hit a trifecta of 3-pointers during the run and a layup by senior Kameisha Johnson gave the Roadrunners their largest lead, 75-41. From there, the Roadrunners cruised to the 24-point victory.

UTSA shot at a 47-percent clip for the contest while holding UT Arlington to just 34. The Birds also were dominant in the paint, outscoring the Mavericks, 38-14.

Desherra Nwanguma paced UTA with 11 points.

Kelsey Ansley, Davis, Franklin, Gregg and Johnson were honored prior to the contest for their contributions to the program.

UTSA secured the No. 4 seed in next week's State Farm Southland Tournament and will open play against fifth-seeded Sam Houston State (17-13) at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.

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