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Women's Basketball

UTSA falls to ECU in American Athletic Conference action

The Roadrunners will look to bounce back on Saturday in San Antonio

GREENVILLE, N.C. — On Tuesday, the UTSA women's basketball team fell to East Carolina, 82-54, in American Athletic Conference action inside the Minges Coliseum. 

The Roadrunners (6-7, 0-2 AAC) couldn't overcome the Pirates (8-4, 1-0 AAC), as sophomore Madison Cockrell logged a career-high 13 points, shooting 50% from the field and logging a trio of three-pointers. Not far behind, redshirt junior Elyssa Coleman scored 11, while senior Kyra White logged seven assists, tying Karina Gordon of ECU for the most in the game. Additionally, classmate Nissa Sam-Grant was solid off the bench, pulling down six rebounds for the most on the team. 

Across the contest, the Roadrunners hauled in two more rebounds than the opposition, recorded 14 more points from non-starters, and swiped one more steal than the Pirates.

ECU started the first quarter on an 8-2 run, with only freshman Idara Udo scoring across that stretch. Graduate student Hailey Atwood and White then sunk back-to-back triples, knotting the contest at eight a piece. ECU responded with a three-pointer of their own, reflecting an 11-8 score line midway through the period. A 9-0 run shortly after put ECU up 20-9 before a Udo hook shot halted the surge. The Pirates then polished off the period, working a 25-13 lead. 

ECU picked up right where they left off in the second, scoring 11 of the first 12 points in the stanza and issuing a 36-14 advantage. The hot streak continued as the Pirates stretched their lead to 25. Cockrell then connected from beyond the arc for a 41-19 score line with three minutes remaining in the half. Sophomore Siena Guttadauro tickled the twine on a three-pointer for a 45-24 score entering the locker room.

The teams exchanged blows to open the third, as multiple Coleman makes led to a 53-33 score at the period's halfway point. ECU then finished the quarter, carrying a 62-36 edge into the final frame. 

The Pirates kept UTSA at bay throughout the fourth, working an 82-54 score line at the final buzzer. 

The Roadrunners will look to bounce back on Saturday, with a 2 p.m. C.T. tipoff set against Wichita State inside the Convocation Center. The contest will represent the squad's annual Military Appreciation game, as well as UTSA's first home matchup in The American. 

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