Lamar slips past Roadrunners

The UTSA women’s basketball team collected their second Southland Conference loss of the season last Saturday to the Lamar Cardinals (17-4, 7-0). The Roadrunners (10-9, 4-2) are currently third in the West of the Southland Conference; both UTSA conference losses came from division leaders Lamar and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (13-6, 5-1).

Freshman Judy Jones added her seventh straight double figure game posting 16 points and eight boards to go along with junior Ashleigh Franklin’s team high 18 points and eight rebounds. However, the Cardinals weren’t ready to relinquish their first place hold on the Southland Conference.

Lamar junior forward Trashanna Smith, Southland women’s basketball player of the week, had a career-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds. Jenna Plumley, a 2009-2010 SLC Preseason Second Team pick, added 18 points and five assists and five rebounds.

The Roadrunners led 36-30 with 17:11 left to play in the second half; this was the largest lead of the night for UTSA. Lamar responded with a 35-10 run over the next 13 minutes to post their largest lead of the game, 65-46, with four minutes remaining. The Roadrunners would make a final 14-1 run to cut the deficit to 66-60, but Lamar closed the door before the Runners could add another point.

Conference losses to Texas A&M Corpus Christi (48-52) and Lamar (60-69) share similar traits. Both were encountered while away from the Convocation Center, each time UTSA led for a portion of the second half, and neither game did the Roadrunners shoot better than 19.4% from behind the arc.

UTSA plays host to Sam Houston State (5-13, 2-4) this Wed. at 7 p.m.