SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA women's basketball team will put its four-game winning streak on the line Sunday, as they visit Birmingham, Alabama, for a 1 p.m. American Athletic Conference showdown against UAB.
The Roadrunners (10-7, 4-2 The American) have rattled off four-straight wins, leading to a 10-7 record that marks the hottest start to a season since the 2013-14 team went 11-6.
Most recently, UTSA breezed past South Florida, taking down the defending AAC regular season champions, 65-42. Senior Kyra White and freshman Aysia Proctor were phenomenal throughout the contest, as White helped UTSA lead wire-to-wire with a career-high 23 points, and Proctor dropped 19. White scored at a 40% clip and collected a game-high six assists, while Proctor and White each totaled eight rebounds.
White's 84 assists on the year sit second in The American, and her 34.8 minutes per game also rank second. Redshirt junior Elyssa Coleman has recorded 29 blocks for the most in the AAC, and sophomore Sidney Love's 81% clip from the charity stripe slots her fourth.
Nationally, the Roadrunners collect the seventh most rebounds per game at 46.5 and the ninth most offensively, snagging 16.9. They also lead The American and are 13th in the NCAA with a plus-11.2 rebound margin, and are 18th across the country, swatting 5.2 blocks per game.
The Blazers (13-4, 4-1 The American) enter the contest tied for second in the AAC and have lost only to Charlotte since beginning league play. UAB bounced back after falling to the 49ers, besting East Carolina 73-64 before topping SMU 84-75.
They lead the conference in several statistics, committing 14.5 fouls per game for the fewest in The American and converting 78.4% of their free throws, the most in the league and the 15-most in the NCAA. The Blazers excel at the perimeter, sinking shots from beyond the arc at a 36.6% rate, the 25th-best percentage in the country, and they hold opponents to a 24.4% three-point percentage, the ninth-best figure nationally.
Denim DeShields and Mia Moore have been exceptional for UAB, with DeShields’ 94 assists slotting her just above White for the most in the conference and 23rd on the NCAA's leader board. Moore, meanwhile, has recorded nine double-doubles to top the AAC and is an incredibly efficient shooter, converting shots at a 47.8% rate. She scored 16.3 points per game for the most on the squad, and her 10.0 rebounds per game rank 26th nationally. Joining her in averaging double-digit scoring figures, DeShields logs 11.5 points per game and Tracey Bershers 10.3.
Defensively, Moore swipes 16 steals to top the team, and Maddie Walsh has recorded a squad-high 16 blocks.