Jones' big game not enough as UTSA tripped up by UT Arlington in Saturday's season finale
SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore Judy Jones scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, but UT Arlington opened the second half with a 16-4 run en route to a 75-65 victory against UTSA in Saturday's season finale for both teams at the Convocation Center.
Jones went 9-of-18 from the floor and 11-of-15 from the free throw line to go along with a career-best six steals for the Roadrunners (8-21, 4-12 SLC).
Meanwhile, Bianca Sauls paced the Mavericks (7-21, 5-11 SLC) with 24 points.
“I thought Judy had a great game,” head coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair said. “She just tries so hard and gives it all she has. The team plays hard, but this year has been difficult with all that we have been through.”
UTSA scored 10 of the contest's first dozen points, a stretch that included six points from senior Ijeoma Waturuocha. The Houston native notched the first points on Senior Day with a pair of free throws before Jones scored four straight. Waturuocha then capped the spurt with a pair of layups off feeds from fellow senior Ashley Gardner and freshman Kamra King.
A Jones jumper gave the Roadrunners a 26-18 advantage with five minutes to go in the half before UT Arlington rattled off a 13-5 run, which sent the teams into the locker room tied at 31.
The Mavericks started the second half on a tear did not trail the rest of the way.
Sauls gave UT Arlington its first lead of the contest with a jumper to start the frame. That basket was answered by junior Cori Copper's two free throws to tie the score once again, but by the end of the Mavs' run, the Roadrunners trailed 47-35.
UTSA made a charge by scoring 10 of the next 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers from freshman Ashley Spaletta, but it was unable to get closer after pulling within three at 48-45.
UTA pushed the advantage back to 12 on Sabreena DeNure's layup with four minutes to play.
The Roadrunners clawed to within six on Gardner’s jumper with 35 ticks left, but the Mavericks salted the game away at the free-throw line.