King's career night leads UTSA to 59-57 victory at UT Arlington
ARLINGTON — Sophomore Kamra King set career highs with 23 points, eight rebounds and five steals to lead UTSA to a 59-57 victory at UT Arlington on Thursday night at College Park Center.
King finished 7-of-15 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line for the Roadrunners (8-8, 2-3 WAC), who made a season-high 10 3-pointers en route to their second consecutive road victory and their first win in Arlington since Feb. 21, 2008.
Malaika Green led the Mavericks (3-11, 1-3 WAC) with 12 points, while Laila Suleiman chipped in with 11.
UT Arlington scored 10 of the game’s first 12 points before UTSA got hot from behind the arc to fuel a 15-1 run and the Roadrunners did not trail the rest of the way.
Freshman Niaga Mitchell-Cole sparked the spurt with a triple before King was fouled on a fast-break layup. The Norman, Okla., native connected on the ensuing free throw and once from behind the arc before 3-pointers by senior Miki Turner and Mitchell-Cole.
The Mavericks only point during the run came on Kiara Parker's free throw.
Following a UT Arlington layup, senior Lyndi Thorman gave UTSA its largest lead of the stanza, 20-13, with a 3-pointer of her own.
The Mavericks battled back to tie the score at 24 with 1:56 on the clock, but senior Whitney Wright’s offensive rebound and layup provided the Roadrunners with a 26-24 edge at halftime.
After holding UT Arlington without a field goal for the final 4:23 of the first half, UTSA did not allow a bucket until Desherra Nwanguma’s layup with 16:37 to play that ended the seven-minute, 46-second drought.
King quickly answered that basket with her third 3-pointer and senior Whitney York hit a free throw minutes later for the visitor’s largest lead of the game, 44-34.
However, UT Arlington did not go away and it trimmed the UTSA lead to three, 54-51, with 2:55 to play on a Suleiman 3-pointer. She added a free throw with 56 seconds left, but the Roadrunners hit five freebies down the stretch to hold on for the triumph.
Green hit a triple to pull within a point with one second left before Turner made a free throw and intentionally missed another with one-tenth of a second remaining for the final margin.
UTSA held a 42-40 edge on the glass and shot 30.2 percent, while the Mavs connected at a 40 percent clip.
The Roadrunners will look for their third consecutive road win on at 7 p.m. on Saturday when they face Louisiana Tech (7-7, 3-1 WAC).