UTSA to face Old Dominion in second round of Conference USA Tournament
EL PASO — No. 15 seed UTSA will look to carry the momentum from Tuesday's 90-89 come-from-behind victory against 10th-seeded Tulsa into the second round of this week's Conference USA Tournament when it faces No. 7 seed Old Dominion at 8:30 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday at Memorial Gym.
Miki Turner scored a career-high 32 points, including the game-winning free throw with 12 seconds remaining, to help the Roadrunners (14-16) rally from a 15-point second-half deficit in Tuesday's opening round. Turner, who registered the fifth-highest scoring performance in program history, was joined in double figures by Mathilde Hergott, who netted 18 on the strength of a career-high six 3-pointers, and Ashley Spaletta, who scored 17 and tied a season-high with five triples. The victory completed a first-round sweep by lower-seeded teams, which was a first in C-USA Tournament history.
The Roadrunners set season highs in points (90), field goals (30), and 3-pointers (13) and the 90 points are tied for seventh-most in a single tournament game in league annals, while the 179 combined points were the second-most (record: 180, Memphis (93)/DePaul (87), 1996). The 13 three-pointers also were second-most in a tournament contest.
Old Dominion (16-14) earned a first-round bye after posting a 9-7 in conference play, including a 68-57 victory at UTSA back on Feb. 22 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Four different Lady Monarchs scored in double figures in the win with Galaisha Goodhope leading the way with 16 points. The triumph was ODU's second straight after a brief two-game skid and was the beginning of its current five-game winning streak. Shae Kelley, a first-team All-C-USA selection, leads the Lady Monarchs with 18.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Wednesday's winner will face No. 2 seed Southern Mississippi (24-5) at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday in the tournament quarterfinals.
#15 UTSA Roadrunners (14-16)
#7 Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (16-14)
2014 Conference USA Tournament
8:30 p.m. (CT) · Wednesday, March 12
Memorial Gym (5,200)
El Paso, Texas
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Old Dominion leads, 1-0
Old Dominion 68, UTSA 57
(Feb. 22, 2014 · San Antonio, Texas)
|Tournament bracket (.pdf)