The UTSA women’s basketball program celebrated New Year’s Day on Saturday with a comeback victory over the UAB Blazers.
Trailing by 10 points with seven minutes left in regulation, the Roadrunners rallied to win 68-60 in overtime at the Convocation Center.
The Blazers, at one point, appeared well on their way to victory when Lindsey Dullard sank a 3-pointer for a 45-35 lead with 7:06 left in the fourth period.
From there, the Roadrunners staged a dramatic rally, outscoring the Blazers 18-8 down the stretch to send the game into overtime.
A follow shot by UTSA’s Elena Blanding with 56 seconds remaining tied it, 53-53.
Relying on defense, the Roadrunners stopped UAB from scoring twice down the stretch and nearly won at the end, only to have Leslie Hunter misfire on a three at the buzzer.
In overtime, UTSA rode the shooting of Jadyn Pimentel and Charlene Mass to a five-point lead.
Undeterred, UAB came from behind, pulling to within 62-60 on a Margaret Whitley three with 29 seconds left.
UTSA steadied itself by scoring the game’s last six points, as Pimentel, Chantel Govan and Hailey Atwood sank a pair of free throws each to clinch it.
It was a signature win for the Roadrunners and the first for Coach Karen Aston at UTSA in a C-USA contest.
UAB 8-5, 1-1
UTSA 4-9, 1-1
UAB: Zakyia Weathersby 14 points, Margaret Whitley (13), Lindsey Dullard (10). Weathersby, 16 rebounds.
UTSA: Jadyn Pimentel, 21 points, LaPraisjah Johnson (16), Chantel Govan (11). Johnson, 11 rebounds, including six offensive.