Roadrunners keep rolling with 63-58 victory against Abilene Christian
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will enter Conference USA play riding a seven-game winning streak following Saturday’s 63-58 victory against Abilene Christian at the Convocation Center.
Kamra King scored 17 points, including 10 in the second half, to lead UTSA (9-4). Miki Turner, Niaga Mitchell-Cole, and Tesha Smith each tallied eight points to help the Roadrunners extend the programs longest winning streak since the 2008-09 season.
Whitney West and Renata Marquez led Abilene Christian (9-6) with 18 points and 17 points, respectively.
The visiting Wildcats were the aggressors in the opening minutes building an 8-2 lead on Marquez’s 3-pointer as the shot clock expired at the 16:30 mark of the opening half.
UTSA responded with a 7-0 run and took its first lead of the game, 9-8, on a coast-to-coast left-handed layup by Ashley Spaletta. The Roadrunners continued to pour on the points building a 16-11 lead on a free throw from Alana Heard at the 9:42 mark.
Following Heard’s free throw the Wildcats clamped down on the defensive end holding the Roadrunners to a single Smith free throw over the next 4:57 of game action to regain a 23-17 lead capped by a Marquez layup with 4:55 left in the half.
The Roadrunners rallied around its veteran trio of King, Turner, and Mitchell-Cole to erase the five-point deficit leading into halftime with a 10-2 final spurt to take a 27-25 lead at the break. Turner and King each netted four points during the run with Mitchell-Cole connecting on a pair of free throws.
UTSA forced ACU into 13 first half turnovers and committing only seven themselves but struggled from the free throw line connecting on 8-of-15 (53%).
Momentum stayed on the Roadrunners side to begin the second half as the Birds stretched their lead to eight on two occasions, the last on Heard’s layup at the 15:47 mark, before the Wildcats fought back to regain the lead, 48-47, on a 3-pointer by Alexis Mason with just under five minutes to play.
King took over from there, tallying eight points in the Roadrunners closing 16-10 run over the final 4:28.
The Roadrunners begin C-USA play Wednesday at home against Tulsa (6-5). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.