SAN MARCOS — Texas State used an early 18-6 run to take control of the game and the Bobcats snapped a seven-game losing streak to UTSA with an 87-67 victory on Saturday at Strahan Coliseum.
Freshman Kamra King finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the Roadrunners (8-19, 4-10 SLC). Sophomore Judy Jones added 14 and junior Cori Copper recorded the first double-double of her career with a dozen points and career-best 16 boards.
Diamond Ford paced the Bobcats (16-11, 8-6 SLC) with 20 points.
After trading baskets in the early minutes, Texas State jumped out to a 30-14 lead thanks to its big run.
Jasmine Baugus started the spurt with a pair of free throws. Two freebies from King were followed by three consecutive baskets by the Bobcats and Demi Clinch capped the run with her second 3-pointer of the day.
However, UTSA’s defense tightened up and slowly began to chip away at the deficit.
The Roadrunners outscored Texas State, 16-5, in a four-and-a-half minute stretch to make it 35-30.
Cooper started the spurt with a layup, while fellow junior Simone Young contributed six points.
UTSA allowed just one field goal in the final 6:25, but the Bobcats went 8-of-10 from the free throw line and they headed to the locker room with a 45-33 advantage.
Cooper’s layup to start the second half trimmed the margin to 10, 45-35, but the Texas State lead only dipped below double digits one more time from there, after a 3-pointer by King with 11:48 to play.
The Bobcats cooled off in the second frame, but they shot 40.9 percent from the floor in the contest, while UTSA only connected at a 33.3-percent clip.
The Roadrunners won the battle of the boards, 45-42, thanks to Cooper's career day.
UTSA will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 29, when it hosts league-leading Central Arkansas (21-5, 12-2 SLC) at 7 p.m.