Karen Aston’s UTSA Roadrunners play the first of four straight games on the road tonight. The UTSA women will be looking for their first road win of the season when they take on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders.
UTSA at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women
At a glance: UTSA (1-1) will play at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2-1). Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Dugan Wellness Center.
UTSA: Playing without star forward Jordyn Jenkins, the Roadrunners lost their opener, falling 70-55 at Arizona State last Monday, before returning home to down New Mexico State, 58-55. Jenkins injured her right knee last spring and wasn’t able to go through any full contact drills with the team in the summer or in the fall semester’s preseason camp. Arizona State capitalized in the opener by surging to a 49-23 lead at halftime and then cruising to the victory. Maya Linton and Idara Udo both led with 10 points, while Udo pulled down nine rebounds in her first college game. Against New Mexico State, UTSA struggled again early, falling behind by five at intermission, but they charged to the victory behind freshmen Aysia Proctor, who scored 19. Udo made some key stops down the stretch as UTSA hung on to win.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: The Islanders are in their 25th season of basketball. They are led by veteran coach Royce Chadwick, who is 532-396 in 32 years in Division I. Chadwick has served as head coach previously at Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Marshall. He joined the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi program in 2012-13 and in his previous 11 seasons has won 19 or more games four times. The Islanders won regular-season crowns in the Southland Conference in 2020 and last year, when they finished 19-12 (including 14-4 SLC) and earned a trip to the Women’s NIT. This season, the Islanders won a couple of games against lower-level competition, sandwiched around a 73-50 loss at Texas A&M. Mireia Aguado averages 9.7 points and 2.67 steals. Alecia Westbrook averages 9.3 points and 7.7 rebounds.