SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA women's basketball team is set to face off against an undefeated Texas Tech squad on Monday, with a 6 p.m. start time at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+, with Ron Thulin providing play-by-play alongside Brandi Poole. Veteran broadcaster Neal Raphael will deliver the radio call in the greater San Antonio area on The Bull 93.3 FM and worldwide on the iHeartRadio app.
The Roadrunners (3-1, 0-0 AAC) have won three straight, compiling a 3-1 record for their best start against NCAA Division I opponents since the 2012-13 season. Most recently, they took down UT Arlington, 70-66, largely thanks to superb performances by sophomores Maya Linton and Sidney Love.
Linton recorded the first double-double of the 2023 season, dropping 15 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Love was the game's top scorer, with a career-high 26 points coming via a 60% shooting clip and a mark of 13-for-15 from the free throw line. Senior Kyra White and freshman Idara Udo also delivered strong performances, with White logging six rebounds and six assists, while Udo recorded nine points and seven rebounds. The Roadrunners were firing on all cylinders in the win, with the squad managing a 42% shooting clip and grabbing 16 more rebounds than the Lady Mavs.
Love leads the Roadrunners in scoring on the season, averaging 12.5 ppg, and White's not far behind at 11.0 ppg. The pair also tops the assists leader board as White has dished out 18 dimes and Love 11, while Udo is the squad's best rebounder at 8.3 rpg.
The Lady Raiders (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) have yet to be defeated, owning victories over UTRGV, Tarleton, Lamar, and Texas A&M-Commerce. Three of those wins have been blowouts, with only the Texans managing to keep their deficit to single-digits. Over last week, the Cardinals fell 61-44 and the Lions 91-45, helping Tech to an astonishing plus-28 scoring margin.
A major factor in the Lady Raider's success has been their efficiency at the charity stripe, with the team converting 78.2% from the free throw line for the second-highest total in the Big 12. Bailey Maupin, in particular, excels at getting to the line, shooting the third-most freebies in the Big 12 and maintaining a 94.7% clip.
Three Lady Raiders maintain point averages in double figures, with Jasmine Shavers pacing the team at 16.8 ppg, while Maupin sits at 15.5 ppg and Jordyn Merritt at 10.3 ppg. Maupin also leads the squad in assists with 13 helpers for 3.3 apg and Kliah Freelon in rebounds at 8.3 rpg.
Defensively, Merritt boasts 1.3 bpg as Shaver's, Merritt, Maupin, Ashely Chevalier, and Loghan Johnson have all recorded at least four steals on the season.