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Lamar rallies past UTSA late for 54-51 victory on Saturday

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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA used a 20-2 second-half run to build a double-digit lead, but Lamar held the Roadrunners without a field goal for the final four minutes and Jasmin Henderson’s 3-pointer in the final seconds lifted the Lady Cardinals to a 54-51 victory on Saturday at the Convocation Center.

Junior Simone Young’s 11 points led the Roadrunners (7-14, 3-5 SLC), who dropped their third consecutive game. Freshman Kamra King also reached double-figures with 10.

Meanwhile, Kalis Loyd scored a game-high 16 points to help the Lady Cardinals (11-11, 3-5 SLC) snap a two-game skid.

Gia Ayers’ layup with 18:07 to go in the second half gave Lamar a 26-18 lead, but UTSA countered with its big run and led by 10 with just less than 10 minutes to play.

King ignited the spurt with a layup and 3-pointers by senior Ashley Gardner and Young helped push the lead to 38-28 at the 9:41 mark.

The Roadrunners were able to penetrate Lamar’s zone defense for easy baskets inside during the run, led by juniors Jalisa Montgomery, Lyndi Thorman and Whitney Wright.

However, the offense went stagnant late and the Lady Cardinals took advantage by trimming the deficit to four, 45-41, with five minutes to play.

Another King layup provided the Roadrunners with a six-point edge at the 4:11 mark, but it proved to be UTSA’s last basket of the afternoon.

The Roadrunners managed just four free throws the rest of the way and Lamar closed the game with a 13-4 run, highlighted by Henderson’s 3-pointer with nine seconds on the clock that turned a one-point deficit to a two-point lead.

Ayers capped the stretch with a free throw after a UTSA turnover for the final three-point margin.

The Lady Cardinals opened the contest with six consecutive points before the Roadrunners responded

“We were up by 10 points with four minutes left and then just did some silly things," head coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair said after the loss. "We did some undisciplined things like turn the ball over and we just can’t turn the ball over that many times. It’s been a problem for us all year. We stepped out of bounds, didn't block out and missed 15 free throws. We have to knock down free throws late if we want to win.”

with a 9-2 spurt for their first advantage of the contest. It turned out to be UTSA’s only lead of the half and Lamar held a 20-16 advantage at intermission.

The Roadrunners outrebounded Lamar, 45-32, and grabbed 14 offensive boards for 15 second-chance points.

Meanwhile, the Lady Cardinals scored 21 points off 22 UTSA turnovers.

The Roadrunners will return to the hardwood on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when it travels to Southeastern Louisiana (7-14, 2-6 SLC) for a 7 p.m. tilt.

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