Hot Second Half Ends Ice Cold

Luke Lawhorn, Assistant Sports Editor

The UTSA women’s basketball team fell short on the road Sunday, Feb. 13, against Western Kentucky in a roller coaster of a game. Though both teams had momentum swung their way in different moments of the game, there ultimately was no answers for Western Kentucky’s guard Meral Abdeldawad.

The ‘Runners started the game on top of WKU after a relatively low scoring 17-15 first quarter. The two teams continued the back-and-forth battle through the second quarter going into halftime with WKU up 35-32. The ‘Runners came out hot in the second half, going up 48-40 and outscoring WKU 13-5 within the first six minutes of the third quarter. The last two minutes ended with WKU going on a 7-0 run, closing the quarter 55-54 on top of UTSA. The first six minutes of the final quarter was eventually where the game was lost for the ‘Runners, after just getting three quick points and going scoreless for the next five. Meanwhile, WKU scored 15 points and jumped to a big lead which was too deep for UTSA to climb out of. The final score was 81-70, and WKU’s guard Meral Abdeldawad finished with 28 points, which is eight more than her season average.

UTSA’s game leader in points was Queen Ulabo with 12, which is also five more than her season average. Jadyn Pimental led in both assists and rebounds with eight and seven, respectively. Though a seemingly big eleven-point loss, UTSA had the advantage throughout the game in the box score. The ‘Runners had a higher field-goal percentage, shooting 46% on the floor over WKU’s 45%. They also led in 3-point percentage, shooting 35% from three, 5% more than WKU. They had more steals, had less turnovers and tied in total assists. However, WKU had nine more rebounds than UTSA and shot 82% from the free-throw line while the ‘Runner’s shot 62%. WKU had gotten six more points just from the free-throw line and way more opportunities for second-chance points, getting 14 offensive rebounds.

With this loss, UTSA remains winless in February, continuing the losing streak of now three games. They sit at the bottom of the west division in Conference USA and have a record of 2-10 in conference play.

UTSA will now host Southern Miss. this upcoming Thursday in hopes of trying to turn things around.