Feb. 23, 2005
SAN ANTONIO - Lamar freshman Jana Mustard took advantage of her second collegiate start by scoring a career-high 15 points, but it was not enough to slow down a hot-shooting Texas-San Antonio squad, as the Roadrunners dropped the Lady Cardinals 82-55 in Southland Conference action Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
The loss was the eighth straight for Lamar, who fell to 8-17 overall and 2-12 in SLC play. UTSA won its fourth straight home game and upped its record to 14-10 on the year with an 8-5 league record.
Trailing 40-24 at the half, the Roadrunners scored four straight points before Mustard drained a three-pointer from the top of the key with 17:38 remaining. She followed a Lyndsey Greer lay-up with a running lay-in of her own to cut LU's deficit to 17 points (46-29).
Just over two minutes later sophomore LaToya Carson knocked down a jumper at the 13:14 mark to pull Lamar to within 16 points (51-35), but that was as close as the Lady Cards would get for the duration of the game. UTSA pushed its lead to 20 points less than a minute later and LU was able to pull inside that margin only one time in the final 12:08 of the game.
In the first half, the two teams traded the lead four times before the Roadrunners grabbed the lead for good. UTSA's Nicole Dunson nailed one of five first-half three-pointers to open the game before Lamar responded with five straight points to take a 5-3 lead with 18:10 left in the half.
The Roadrunners tied the score at 5-5, but the Lady Cards responded with another five-point spurt to take one of two five-point leads (10-5). A Carson jumper gave LU its second five-point lead (12-7) with 13:09 on the clock, but that was quickly erased as UTSA used a 14-0 run to open a nine-point advantage (21-12).
Lamar responded by whittling away at the UTSA lead, capped by a Megan McDougald lay-in with 3:08 in the half which cut the margin to four, 26-22. Unfortunately, the Roadrunners used a second run to dash the Lady Cardinals hopes by finishing the opening frame with a 14-2 run.
Mustard, a 6-4 center from Sherman, Texas, did not miss from the floor, sinking all five field goal attempts, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. She also pulled down a rebound, blocked one shot and handed out an assist before fouling out with 4:33 left in the game.
Carson, a 5-9 guard from Long Beach, Mississippi, finished with 12 points and three boards. Junior Bridgette Brackens chipped in with 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting, while freshman Chelsea Gugliotta ripped down a career-high tying nine rebounds to go along with four points.
The Lady Cardinals shot 52.9% in the first half (9-of-17), but cooled to 39.3% in the second half on 11-of-28. LU finished with a 44.4% clip on 20-of-45. Lamar also struggled from the free throw line, sinking 10-of-18 for a 55.6% mark.
UTSA was led by Richelle Parks who scored a game-high 18 points and led the Roadrunners with seven rebounds. Dunson finished with 17 points, all coming in the first half. Lacy Mingee added 10 points and a game-high three steals.
The Roadrunners shot 46.0% for the game, sinking 23-of-50 field goals. UTSA did most of their damage at the free throw line, dropping in 27-of-34 from the charity stripe. The Roadrunners also nailed 9-of-19 from three-point range for a 47.4% clip.
The Lady Cardinals return to Beaumont for their home finale on Saturday, hosting Sam Houston State in a 3:30 p.m. SLC contest in the Montagne Center.