UTSA Downs Techsters on Last Second Shot
Jan. 12, 2013
RUSTON - UTSA guard Kamra King banked home the game-winner with 3.2 seconds to play to lift UTSA to a 51-50 win over Louisiana Tech Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
King's heroics were set up after UTSA forced a jump ball off a Lady Techsters inbound play with 18.5 seconds to play and LA Tech holding onto a slim 50-49 lead.
With the possession arrow pointing in the favor of the Roadrunners, UTSA inbounded the ball to Whitney York who missed a jumper. However, King pulled down the offensive rebound in traffic and hit a running one-hander off the glass to give UTSA the lead.
Tech freshman guard Lulu Perry's desperation heave from 60 feet hit the front of the rim as the Roadrunners snapped the Lady Techsters six-game home winning streak and defeated LA Tech for the first time in four tries.
After shooting only 19 percent from the field in the first half and trailing 24-18, LA Tech dug itself even a deeper hole early in the second half before responding. A three-pointer by Ashley Spaletta at the 17:37 mark of the final stanza gave UTSA its biggest lead of the game at 33-22 before LA Tech rallied.
Savanna Langston's layup started the Tech rally and back-to-back buckets by Janay Borum with just over 13 minutes to play closed the deficit to 33-30. The Lady Techsters finally tied the game at 37-37 on a Langston 19-foot jumper in front of the Tech bench with 10:40 to play and one minute later Kelia Shelton gave Tech its first lead since the opening minutes on a three-pointer.
The two teams traded the lead back and forth 11 times in the second half. Tech trailed 49-48 with less than a minute to play when sophomore guard Kanedria Andrews stole a pass and outraced two UTSA defenders for the go-ahead layup with 39 seconds to play.
UTSA missed an opportunity to take the lead on a King jumper and then an offensive foul on Spaletta with 18.5 seconds to play.
After a timeout, Tech inbounded the ball to Shelton who was tied up by two UTSA defenders, giving the basketball back to the Roadrunners and setting up King's last second winner.
For the game, Tech shot 37 percent (19-52) from the field, including 54 percent (14-26) in the second half but only hit 10-of-20 free throws. UTSA shot 36 percent (18-50) for the game, but connected on six three-pointers and 9-of-14 free throws.
Whitney Frazier and Shelton led Tech with nine points each. King led UTSA with 16 points.
Tech returns to action Thursday when it travels to Idaho to face the Vandals.