Led by senior guard Amber Gregg’s 18 points, Roadrunners rolled past the A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 69-44. The win was the Roadrunners’ first of the conference season.
The Islanders came into this game with a record of 2-12 overall and 0-1 in Southland play, while the Roadrunners came into the game with a record of 4-10 and 0-1 in the conference.
The Islanders began the game riding the shooting of senior forward Adrienne Scott, who connected on three of her first four shots to give the Islanders an early 10-7 lead.
That was the high point for the Islanders as UTSA went on a 19-3 run to put the game to bed early, taking a 32-19 lead into the half.
The second half had a similar beginning to the first. The Islanders tried to get back in the game, but like the first half, UTSA sped off on an 18-3 run that allowed the Roadrunners to build their lead to as much as 25 points (55-30). The Islanders would get no closer than 21 points for the remainder of the night as UTSA coasted to victory.
The Roadrunners used 24 Islander turnovers, in conjunction with nine three point shots made, to prove who was in charge of the game. Eight Roadrunners were able to find the bottom of the net, with Ashleigh Franklin and Ashley Gardner joining Gregg in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Islanders had only sophomore guard, Ashley Darley, score in double figures with 13 points. The one thing the Islanders did well was rebounding the basketball. Zoey Vega-Vega paced all players with 10, as the Islanders out-rebounded UTSA 52-34.
Head Coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair reflected on the win at home and on the next slate of games for the Roadrunners.
“It’s very hard to play on the road,” Rippetoe-Blair said. “These home games are important [games] to win for the team.”
The Roadrunners found success early and often as the Islanders could do little to stop the Roadrunners and when they did, they in turn turned the ball back over to UTSA.
“The ladies pushed the ball well on offense and spread the floor out,” Rippetoe-Blair said. “I was very impressed with the improvement in execution on offense.”
Roadrunners record road win at Stephen F. Austin
The UTSA Roadrunners recorded their first road win of the conference season by defeating the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks Saturday at the William R. Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Senior guard, Amber Gregg, continued to shoot lights out as she paced the Roadrunners with 20 points.
Also finding double figures in points were junior Ashley Gardner with 16 and together with 11 were Senior Alysse Davis and sophomore Lyndi Thorman.
The Roadrunners host Northwestern State Wednesday Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.