Roadrunners run Mavericks out of Convo, 77-53


For the five UTSA seniors, Saturday marked their final home game at the Convocation center.  It was one last chance to put on a show in front of the home crowd.  They didn’t disappoint as they used a 33-3 run in the second half to fly past the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 77-53.

For Alysse Davis, her final game at the Convo was one of her best yet.  Davis went 6-of-10 from beyond the arc to set a school record for three pointers made in a game.  Those three pointers contributed to Davis’ career high 22 points

“We won, that’s what counts for me,” Davis said.  “It’s the last time playing in the bird’s nest.”

The early stages of the game were a back-and-forth contest between the two schools before the Roadrunners used a 16-2 run in the first half to take the lead for good.

“They were playing to get in the tournament,” Head Coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair said.  “We had to play a great game and we did.”

The Mavericks would get as close as four in the second half before the Roadrunners went on the run that ended the game and the Maverick’s season.

“This gives us a lot of confidence going to Katy,” Rippetoe-Blair said.  “It was good to get the bench players in and get them minutes.”

Davis’ 22 points were joined with Amber Gregg’s 13, Ashleigh Franklin’s double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Lyndi Thorman’s 11 points to propel the Roadrunners to Katy on a blowout victory.

The win against the Mavericks marked the final home game that Davis, Amber Gregg, Kameisha Johnson, Kelsey Ansley and Ashleigh Franklin would play at the Convocation center.

“I don’t get real emotional about that; we are going to miss them,” Rippetoe-Blair said. “I don’t know of many places that have five seniors who contribute.”

UTSA earns the four-seed in this week’s Southland Conference Tournament at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.   The Mavericks needed to win to get in.

“We have a lot of basketball left to play,” Davis said.

The Roadrunners, who are making an 11th-straight trip to the conference tournament, will open the tournament against no. 5 seed Sam Houston State Lady Bearkats Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in Katy.  It will be the third game between the schools this season.