By Jerry Briggs
Special for The JB Replay
Guard Denim DeShields scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half Saturday as the UAB Blazers rallied for a 54-53 victory over the UTSA Roadrunners in the American Athletic Conference.
In the game played at Birmingham, UTSA led most of the way but fell behind in the closing minutes. In the last 25 seconds, the Roadrunners trailed by three points and gained possession on a turnover by the Blazers.
With the ball, UTSA put it in Kyra White’s hands. She had it at the three-point line and missed a triple.
UTSA freshman Idara Udo rebounded and sank a short put-back at the buzzer, leaving the Roadrunners with the final one-point deficit.
White led the Roadrunners with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Udo and Sidney Love also scored 11.
For the most part, UTSA controlled the pace and the action. UTSA led 18-10 after the first quarter and 31-21 at the half.
The Roadrunners continued to play well after intermission, with Elyssa Coleman scoring to give them a 43-32 lead with 2:38 remaining in the third period.
UTSA 10-8, 4-3
UAB 14-4, 5-1
UTSA at SMU, Saturday, 2 p.m.