SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA women's basketball team is set to officially begin the 2023-24 campaign on Monday in Tempe, Arizona, with a 7 p.m. C.T. showdown against Arizona State at Desert Financial Arena.
The game will be streamed live on Pac-12 Plus with Alexis Davis (play-by-play), Blake Niemann (color analyst), and Ben Parris (sideline) on the air, while veteran broadcaster Neal Raphael provides the radio call locally on The Bull 93.3 and the iHeartRadio app.
The Roadrunners are fresh off a 67-46 victory in a tuneup contest against St. Mary's and are looking to build off a 13-19 (9-11 C-USA) season that saw the squad reach the semifinals of the Conference-USA Tournament.
Eleven returnees headline an experienced squad for UTSA as they jump into the American Athletic Conference. Among those back in Navy are Orange are the entire 2023-24 starting five, the likes of which include C-USA Player and Newcomer of the Year Jordyn Jenkins, All-Freshman team member Sidney Love and All-Defensive honoree Elyssa Coleman. Rounding out the group 2022-23 C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year selection, Hailey Atwood returns along with senior Kyra White, who was an honorable mention on the Dave Campbell Texas Basketball All-Texas squad.
The star-studded cast also returns sophomores Alexis Parker, Siena Guttadauro, Madison Cockrell, and Maya Linton, along with seniors Kyleigh McGuire and Nissa Sam-Grant.
Five newcomers join in the form of freshmen Emma Lucio, Aysia Proctor, and Idara Udo, as junior Sarai Estupiñan and sophomore Cheyenne Rowe transfer into the Alamo City. Estupiñan spent time at nearby St. Mary's (TX) and Tallahassee CC, while Rowe was a Sun Belt Champion at James Madison.
The Sun Devils, meanwhile, went 8-20, including a mark of 1-17 in league play, picking up a lone victory over Oregon State.
With 17 total roster spots, seven joined the program, and 10 returned, including Jaddan Simmons. She started 77 games over the past three seasons for the Sun Devils, and last season was the program's second-leading scorer at 12.4 ppg. Simmons was behind only standout performer Tyi Skinner, who averaged 19.3 ppg en route to All-Pac 12 honors but is sidelined for the upcoming season due to injury.
Treasure Hunt figures to play a critical role for ASU, as she hauled in 6.1 rpg and scored 11.3 points in her first season as a Sun Devil, rounding out the top three returning scorers.
A former teammate of Rowe's joined ASU ahead of the season in Kadidia Toure, who appeared in 21 games for James Madison. Along with Toure, Marina Radocaj, Sandra Magolico, Kiley Sours-Miller, Hanna Miller, her sister Mallory Miller, and Jalyn Brown will be set to make their Sun Devil debut on Monday,