Women’s basketball comes up short in Southland Conference semifinals.

Katy, Texas nearly became the second home of Roadrunner basketball this season as both programs had strong showings in the conference tournament.

But while the men were able to take the conference title, the women missed a golden opportunity to become the latest basketball dynasty in San Antonio.

The Roadrunner women won a hard-fought west division of the Southland conference, holding off Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin to claim the division title.

For winning the division, the Roadrunners received the four seed in the Southland tournament in March in Katy.

In the conference tournament, the Roadrunners faced the five seed Sam Houston State Bearkats in the first round. The Roadrunners were led in victory by senior Ashleigh Franklin who picked up a career high 33 points.

The victory over the Bearkats meant that the Roadrunners would have to face the McNeese State Cowgirls and their talented twin guard tandem of Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett.

The Roadrunners led at halftime, 30-27, but the Cowgirls proved why they were the number one team in the conference as they rolled in the second half and eventually won the conference title.

Despite falling short in the conference semifinals, the Roadrunners were able to put a few winning streaks together during the season.

The longest came from Jan. 12 until February 2. In that time the Roadrunners won five games in a row and set themselves up to win the west at the end of the month.

With the loss to McNeese in the conference tournament came the end of careers for quite possibly the greatest class to come through UTSA.

Hanging up their sneakers were seniors Franklin, Amber Gregg, Alysse Davis, Kameisha Johnson, and Kelsey Ansley.