Women’s hoops ends winter break starting conference season


During the winter break, the women’s basketball team played seven games.

In those seven contests, the Roadrunners came away with three victories against four losses. Of the losses, three came on the road and one at home; two of the three victories came at home with one on the road.

The first two games were at home against Creighton on Dec. 20 and against Texas-Pan American on Dec. 21. The Creighton Bluejays withstood a late Roadrunner charge to hold on for a 54-53 victory. The Roadrunners salvaged a victory from the UTSA Holiday Classic the next day when they knocked off Texas-Pan American, 68-54.

The Roadrunners returned to action on Dec. 28, by taking a trip up I-35 to play the SMU Mustangs at historic Moody Coliseum in Dallas.The Mustangs and Roadrunners played a well-fought game in which the Roadrunners started the second half on a 19-7 run before the Mustangs came back with a run of their own, 23-7, to pull out a 69-65 victory.

It would be two days before the Roadrunners would have a chance to return to winning when they played host to the Rice Owls. The Owls proved too much for the Roadrunners, though, as they never trailed en-route to a 71-46 drubbing.

The Roadrunners were forced to wait a week before they could return to the court Jan. 7, but when they did, the defeat was there to greet them. This time it was at the hands of the Sam Houston State Bearkats who sent the defending Southland West Division champions to an 0-1 start in conference play with a 63-50 win that marked the first Bearkat win in San Antonio in 12 years.

A win would finally come for the Roadrunners on Jan. 11 when they went down to the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi to take on the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Roadrunners were able to return up I-37 with a 58-38 win that brought their overall season record to 5-10 with a split of the first two conference games, 1-1.

The Roadrunners returned home on Jan. 14 and continued their winning streak when they pulled out a close 50-46 contest with the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks. The Roadrunners were led by freshman Kamra King’s 17 points.

The win put Head Coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair two triumphs away from 200 victories at UTSA. It would mark another milestone for Blair, who won her 300th career game earlier this season.