Women’s basketball falls to North Texas 57-70


Julia Maenius

Elyssa Coleman rises up in the paint to put up a shot during a game against UIW earlier this season. Coleman currently leads the ‘Runners with a 1.1 shots blocked per game.

Julia Maenius, Assistant Sports Editor

The UTSA women’s basketball team (5-16, 3-7 C-USA) dropped a 57-70 decision to North Texas on Saturday, Feb. 5 in the Convocation Center. The Roadrunners faced the Mean Green after a five-point, 49-44, win against Florida Atlantic on Jan. 29.

Chantel Govan led UTSA in scoring with 12 points, grabbing four rebounds, one assist and a steal. Jadyn Pimentel followed closely behind Govan with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Queen Ulabo led the Roadrunners with 10 boards, five offensive and five defensive. Ulabo scored nine points, swiping four steals and one assist. 

Ulabo scored the first points of the game with a quick jumper to start the first quarter. The two teams traded points back and forth before a three-pointer from UNT tied the game at 8-8. A Mean Green free throw gave UNT a lead that they did not relinquish for the rest of the first quarter, reeling off three jumpers to close the quarter 16-13. 

UNT held their lead for the duration of the second quarter. A pair of Mean Green free throws opened the second quarter as UNT continued to build their lead. A layup from Elena Blanding gave UTSA their first points of the second quarter, 15-25. A jumper and a free throw from Deborah Nwakamma contributed to UTSA closing the scoring gap to under 10 points to finish the first half 23-30.

Govan scored the first points of the third quarter to get the Roadrunners within four, 26-30. UNT led the quarter, keeping UTSA behind for the third. Four points from Pimentel gave UTSA a boost in scoring and a set of free throws and a layup from Elyssa Coleman set the Roadrunners within seven to close the third quarter.

Three jumpers from the Roadrunners started the final quarter, 48-55. In the fourth quarter, the Mean Green fired off 17 shots to claim the game 70-57.

UTSA returns home Sunday, Feb. 13 to host Western Kentucky at 1 p.m.