Women’s basketball claims their first victory, defeating ACU 76-70

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

UTSA women’s basketball won their home opener on Sunday afternoon against Abilene Christian at the Convocation Center. The Roadrunners (1-2) bounced back against the Wildcats (2-2) with a 76-70 victory after losing their first two games.

The Roadrunners had five players in double-figure scoring, led by Deborah Nwakamma with a career-high 16 points. Elyssa Coleman had 10 points and eight rebounds on the day after having a career night against TCU in a loss four days prior, where Coleman had 12 points and 12 rebounds. 

UTSA led the game entirely, only letting the Wildcats tie it twice. The Roadrunners jumped to an 8-2 lead, with the first four points coming from Kyra White, who also had 10 points in the game. Then, the lead jumped to 17-9 before ACU cut the deficit to five at the end of the first quarter.

The Wildcats tied the game at 23 and again at 37 in the second quarter. Coleman regained the lead for the ‘Runners with 26 seconds remaining with a layup to go into halftime up 39-37. UTSA was outscored 21 to 18 in the quarter.

A six-point lead early in the third quarter held the Wildcats from taking the lead or taking a tie the rest of the game. Jordyn Jenkins made a jump shot to put the ‘Runners up nine points late in the third and guided UTSA to lead 58-51 after three.

Sidney Love had six of her 10 points in the fourth quarter to give the Roadrunners the win. UTSA took two separate eight-point leads with under four minutes to play to help give the Roadrunners their home-opening victory.

The ‘Runners will go back on the road for the Las Vegas Invitational. UTSA will play Missouri State, and St. John’s on Nov. 25 and 26, respectively.