SEATTLE — The UTSA women's basketball team finished their nonconference campaign strong, taking down Seattle U 75-64 inside the Redhawk Center behind four Roadrunners scoring in double figures. Additionally, the victory puts the 'Runners at 6-5 on the season, marking the first time UTSA has exited the nonconference slate with a winning record since the 2013-14 campaign.
The Roadrunners (6-5, 0-0 AAC) bested the Redhawks (1-9, 1-1 WAC) as redshirt junior Elyssa Coleman led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds. Not far behind, freshman Idara Udo dropped a career-high 15 points and, like Coleman, was one board shy of a double-double.
Joining Coleman and Udo in the double-digit point club, senior Kyra White and newcomer Aysia Proctor each posted 10. Sophomore Sidney Love was the squad leader in assists with six.
As a team, UTSA went 29-for-63 from the field for a 46 % shooting clip to Seattle U's 40%. The 'Runners also hauled in 10 more rebounds than the opposition and found 20 more points off the bench.
The Redhawks scored the first five points of the contest before a Coleman bucket got the 'Runners on the board. That make kick-started a 10-0 run that featured buckets courtesy of Linton and Udo. Seattle U then snapped a five-minute scoring drought and battled back to within one, closing out the quarter trailing 16-15 following a stretch that saw Coleman, graduate student Hailey Atwood, and Love sink shots.
An Udo and-one and a Love free throw rebuilt a five-point UTSA advantage, and back-to-back Udo buckets shortly after afforded the squad a 28-19 lead midway through the second stanza. Atwood and senior Kyleigh McGuire then stretched the streak to nine, allowing the 'Runners to go up 33-22. The Roadrunners finished the frame strong, as multiple Coleman baskets led to a 39-28 halftime lead.
Seattle U sunk a triple for the first score out of the break, but Atwood connected on back-to-back shots to work a 43-31 lead for the 'Runners. UTSA then used a White three-pointer to cap off a 13-1 surge halfway through the third quarter. After trading buckets, a McGuire jumper saw a 56-36 lead in favor of UTSA, ahead of a 65-42 score entering the final frame.
In the fourth, the Redhawks stormed back using a 12-0 run to claw back within nine, as UTSA still owned a 73-64 advantage entering the contest's final two minutes. Coleman halted the surge with a layup, cementing a 75-64 win for the Roadrunners.
The 'Runners will now head home for the holidays before visiting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for a noon American Athletic Conference matchup against Temple inside the Liacouras Center.