ARLINGTON — UT Arlington opened the second half on a 12-2 run to open up a double-digit advantage and the Mavericks defeated UTSA, 51-40, on Wednesday night in the first-ever game at the College Park Center.
Sophomore Judy Jones paced the Roadrunners (7-13, 3-4 SLC) with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Junior Simone Young joined her in double-figures with 10 points.
Meanwhile, Malaika Green scored a game-high 15 to lead the Mavericks (4-15, 2-5 SLC).
Kiara Parker ignited the deciding run with a 3-pointer, while Rosalyn Thorpe, Bianca Sauls and Green hit jumpers for a 34-21 lead with 13:12 to play. The lead never dropped below seven from there, as UTSA was unable to mount a comeback.
Both teams got off to a slow start, with UT Arlington scoring the game’s first four points before a 5-0 spurt from UTSA. The Roadrunners only led once more in the opening stanza, despite forcing 15 turnovers.
Briana Walker provided most of the offense for the Mavs with 12 of her 13 points in the period on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and a pair of makes at the free throw line.
UTSA held UT Arlington to just 33 percent shooting but turned the ball over 14 times and connected on only 30 percent of its attempts from the floor.
The Mavs went on a 9-2 run, capped by Green’s 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down, to grab the lead midway through the half and held a 22-19 advantage at intermission.
UTSA will return home on Saturday for a 2 p.m. matchup against Lamar (10-11, 2-5 SLC) at the Convocation Center. The contest will be televised live on Time Warner Cable (Texas Channel 888) with Jason Minnix and Kevin Brock calling the action.