SAN ANTONIO — UTSA had four players score in double figures, but McNeese State scored eight of the game’s first 10 points and never trailed en route to a 65-54 victory on Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
Senior Ashley Gardner and freshman Kamra King paced the offense with 13 points apiece for the Roadrunners (7-17, 3-8 SLC), while Ashlyn Baggett poured in a game-high 19 to lead the East Division-leading Cowgirls (18-7, 8-3 SLC).
Sophomore Judy Jones and freshman Ashley Spaletta joined Gardner and King in double figures with 10 points apiece.
McNeese State jumped out to an 8-2 lead and held UTSA without a field goal until nearly four minutes had run off the clock. Gardner’s layup made it 10-6 and another free throw pulled the Roadrunners to within three before the Cowgirls went on an 11-2 run for a 21-9 advantage.
Trailing by 13 with 1:43 to go in the half, UTSA scored eight of the next 10 points to pull to within 33-26 at halftime. A Gardner 3-pointer was sandwiched between a trey and two free throws by King.
The Cowgirls shot 44 percent in the opening 20 minutes and held the Roadrunners to just 24 percent from the floor.
A pair of baskets by Kendra Wells to open the second half pushed the edge to double digits and UTSA got no closer than eight the rest of the way despite turning the ball over just three times and improving its shooting percentage.
The Roadrunners will be back in action on Saturday at Nicholls (13-11, 6-5 SLC). Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Stopher Gym.