In a contrast to the men’s team, UTSA women’s basketball have had a decent start to this season and wrapped up the annual Thanksgiving Classic with a win on Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center. The Roadrunners impressed as they defeated Houston Baptist 79-50 in a convincing performance from the get go.
It was a perfect record for the Roadrunners in their home tournament as they cruised to two victories to recover their record to .500. Niaga Mitchell-Cole was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament, while Tesha Smith and Akunna Elou joined her on the all-tournament team.
Mitchell-Cole had another great game in this one, leading the way as five Roadrunners managed to hit double figures. She managed 14 points, with five rebounds, while Alexus Dukes and Carlie Heineman managed 13 with Smith and Elonu also in double figures, with 11 and 10 respectively.
After a tight start to the game, UTSA started to take charge, and took a lead which they would never relinquish. After two ties and four lead changes the Roadrunners took the lead using an 8-0 run to take an 18-11 lead, which saw them lead comfortably.
From there the Roadrunners simply cruised as they tore apart the Huskies, never letting them in the match. The UTSA defense was impressive, restricting Houston Baptist to just 31% from the field, forcing the Huskies to shoot from distance.
The lead was pushed out to 34 in the third quarter with just 33 seconds to play in that quarter. The final quarter saw the Huskies really move and they cut in to that lead, but they just could not overcome such a large gap as UTSA cruised to the win, and the title.