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RGV Capsules: UTPA women’s basketball drops a close game to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

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Posted: Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:30 pm

EDINBURG — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs women’s basketball team rallied from a 17-point deficit to pull ahead by as many as eight points before ultimately falling 60-57 to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Saturday at the UTPA Fieldhouse .

The Islanders jumped out to a 22-5 lead, hitting nine of their first 15 shots while holding the Broncs to 1-of-13 shooting. Sophomore Shawnte’ Goff ended the run with a three-pointer as the Broncs scored seven straight points to pull within 10.

The Islanders pushed their lead to 16 on a Jones 3 that made it 30-14 with 4:43 remaining in the half, but freshman Troi Swain followed with a 3 of her own to spark a 16-2 run to close out the half and bring the Broncs within two.

When freshman Hildur Björg Kjartansdóttir knocked down a 3 with 15:28, the game was tied at 39 points apiece.

One minute later, the Broncs took their first lead on a Bush layup, and extended the lead to eight points on a layup by junior Rickell Preston to cap a 16-3 run making it 48-40 in favor of UTPA.

The Islanders’ Ashley James grabbed the lead after she hit a jumper with 8:46 remaining as part of a stretch of seven straight points to take a 58-55 advantage. The Broncs pulled to within one on a pair of Swain free throws with 9.1 seconds left, but Weaver hit two free throws with 8.2 seconds remaining to make it a three-point game. Swain tried a contested 3 from the right wing at the buzzer, but it hit off the rim.

Senior Brittany Bush led the Broncs (6-5) with 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-high eight blocks, tied for the second-highest single-game total in program history, and the most by a Broncs’ player since Molly Schamel recorded a program-record nine blocked shots in 2004. Bush now has 57 career blocks, passing Rhonda Carrington (53) and Adanna Opara (55) for fifth place in program history. Next on the all-time list is Alyya Abdur-Raham , who had 78.

Kassie Jones led four Islanders (2-4) in double figures scoring with 17 points, going 5-of-9 from behind the arc and grabbing six rebounds. Shay Weaver scored 14 points with a game-high five assists. Camesha Davis scored 13 points and shot7-for-8 from the line. Olivia Fouty scored 10 points with a game-high eight rebounds.

The Broncs are back in action at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14 when they visit Texas Tech.

—UTPA Services

UTPA men’s basketball caps road trip with loss

HUNTSVILLE — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men’s basketball team closed out a five-game road trip with a 78-59 loss to the Sam Houston State University Bearkats on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum.

The Broncs led 4-1 out of the gate on a pair of Joesaar free throws and a layup by junior Shaquille Hines, but the Bearkats responded with a 9-2 run to take a 10-6 lead on a Henderson three. The Broncs then went on an 11-3 run to go up 17-13 on a Kimasa layup .

The Broncs were still in front 25-21 after an Osborne 3 with 7:57 remaining in the first half, but the Bearkats scored the next seven points, taking the lead on a Ransom 3.

Joesaar hit a layup to bring the Broncs back to within one point, but the Bearkats responded with a 14-4 run to push their lead into double figures.

A Kimasa layup brought the Broncs to within 54-45 with 11:05 to go, but the Bearkats scored 16 of the next 22 points to put the game out of reach.

Sophomore Janari Joesaar led the Broncs (4-4) with 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. Freshman Everett Osborne scored a career-high 13 points. FreshmanDan Kimasa posted his first-career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds (four offensive )

DeMarcus Gatlin led four Bearkats (5-2) with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. Dakarai Henderson scored 14 points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Michael Holyfield scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, plus a perfect 4 for 4 from the line. Kaheem Ransom scored 12 points with seven rebounds and five assists.

The Broncs are back in action at 7 p.m. Saturday when they play host to Lamar.

Any fans bringing a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Salvation Army will receive free admission.

—UTPA Services

RGV Vipers corral Idaho Stampede

HIDALGO — The Rio Grande Valley Vipers corralled the Idaho Stampede 135-123 tonight at State Farm Arena.

Akil Mitchell made a layup to give the Vipers (5-4) a 12-11 lead for the with 7:42 on the clock, but the Stampede (3-5) remained close until the Vipers made a 13-2 run to take a 34-22 lead with 1:29 left in the first quarter. RGV led 37-28 at the end of the first quarter.

With 2:38 remaining in the first half, Mitchell put the Vipers in front 75-49 for their largest lead of the game.

A shot from beyond the arc by Hearn closed Idaho ’s deficit to 104-94 with 1:21 on the clock in the third quarter.

A layup from Benimon with 8:43 remaining in the game pulled Idaho within six points. But Clark responded with a 3 and Benimon sank another shot for the Stampede. Jaron Johnson connected on a three-pointer and was fouled. The four-point play put RGV ahead 117-106. With 3:58 remaining, Jaron Johnson shot another 3 to give the Vipers their largest lead of the fourth quarter.

Jaron Johnson led the Vipers with 29 points and was followed by Mitchell, who had 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Kevin Murphy led the Stampede with 30 points. Joel Wright scored 26 points and recorded 11 rebounds. He was followed by Jerrelle Benimon , who had 25 points and 14 rebounds.

The Vipers next play on the road at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 against Oklahoma City.

— RGV Vipers Services

Hidalgo losses to Dallas

DALLAS — Hidalgo La Fiera lost a close game to the Dallas Sidekicks by final score of 7-3 Saturday night at the Allen Events Center.

Hidalgo (3-3) scored first when Irving Tovar put the ball in the net after receiving a Damian Rosales pass to make it 1-0.

Dallas (5-1) would respond courtesy of a goal by Fabinho Leite which was set up by Shaun David making it a 1-1 tie game at the half.

The Sidekicks took the lead after the break when Freddy Moojen scored on a Dominic Schell helper to give them a 2-1 lead.

But La Fiera would tie the game at 2 on an Alejandro Morales unassisted goal in the third quarter.

Dallas took the lead for good in the third when Jaime Lovegrove scored the go-ahead goal to take a 3-2 advantage.

The Sidekicks added four goals in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for Hidalgo. La Fiera added a late consolation goal by Morales.

Brownsville native Juan Gamboa (3-3) took the loss after making 12 saves for Hidalgo.

La Fiera will conclude the two-game road trip against Rancho Seco at 7:35 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Deportivo RSS in Saltillo. The next home game for Hidalgo will be against Oxford City at 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 14 at State Farm Arena.

— Hidalgo La Fiera Services

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