Rippetoe-Blair wins 200th, Runners win one, lose one

Coach Rippetoe-Blair

The women’s basketball team broke out of their seven-game slump and beat the A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Wednesday, Feb. 22 at home.

It was the fifth straight win against the Islanders, and the fourth straight series sweep against them. The victory also marked Coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair’s 200th win at UTSA, but it’s not her numbers she’s concerned with. When asked what she thought about her triumph, Blair turned the focus to the team’s chances in the Southland Conference Tournament.

“I’m more concerned about us getting a win and trying to make that tournament right now,” Blair said. “So 200 I’ll take, of course, because that means we still have a chance to play in the tournament.”

One player who was a huge influence on the win was junior forward Cori Cooper, who contributed 17 points while making 60 percent of her shots.

Like her coach, Cooper turned the attention away from her dominant presence and focused on the team’s collective effort. Cooper said she was excited about the win because she knew how badly the team needed the boost. “I feel very excited,” Cooper said. “But I feel like I couldn’t make those buckets without my teammates’ help, and we hit them where it hurts the most, and we pounded it in the inside, and we did very well.”

Kamra King was second highest scorer with 16 points, followed by Ashley Gardner with 15 and Judy Jones with 13. King shot four out of 10 with all four coming from beyond the three point line. Gardner shot six of 10 with three of those coming as three pointers. Jones finished with a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Unfortunately, the Roadrunners fell out of stride while playing against the Texas State Bobcats Saturday Feb. 25 at the Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos. UTSA’s efforts were valiant, though. Freshman guard, Kamra King, scored an unmatched 21 points; Judy Jones contributed 14 and Cori Cooper added 12 points, but the team’s collective efforts weren’t enough to beat the Bobcats who prevailed with an 87-67 victory.