UTPA Women Explode For 94 Points In Home Win
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:18:46 GMT — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs women's basketball team tied their fourth-highest scoring total in program history with a 94-51 victory over the Huston-Tillotson University Rams on Wednesday at the UTPA Fieldhouse.The 94 points are the most the Broncs (4-8) have scored in a game since they scored 97 in a win over Texas Lutheran on November 20, 2008. It is the 12 th time in program history that the Broncs broke the 90-point plateau. It is the second time the Broncs have scored more than 90 points against the Rams (2-6), with the other time occurring during the 1984-85 season, a 91-90 Broncs win.Up 39-18 at halftime, the Broncs scored 55 second half points while hitting 20-of-35 shots (57.1%). Overall, the Broncs hit 34-of-66 shots (51.5%), including 6-of-18 from behind the arc (33.3%) in addition to 20-of-25 from the foul line (80%). LaQuita Garner and Keandra Goodson were two of a season-high five Broncs in double-figures, scoring a team-high 16 points. It was a career-high in scoring for Goodson, who also added a career-high nine rebounds. Adanna Opara scored 15 points with nine rebounds and two blocks, Donna Jackson scored 15 points with seven rebounds and four steals while Franchesca Simon scored a season-high 10 points.Opara hit a pair of lay-ups as the Broncs opened the game on an 8-2 run. The Rams hit back-to-back baskets to make it a two-point game, but the Broncs scored six-straight points to go up 14-6 with 12:42 remaining in the first half.Up 21-15 mid-way through the half, the Broncs scored seven-straight points, capped by a Jackson steal that led to a Garner three to put the Broncs up by 13. After Lakeva Castillo hit a pair of free throws, the Broncs scored nine points in a row and 11 of the final 12 of the half to make it an 18-3 run, punctuated by an Opara lay-up to make it 39-17 with 39 seconds remaining.Edinburg-native and freshman guard Laura Torres scored her first-career points on a basket with less then five minutes to play to make it 85-46. Freshman guard TaQuiyyah Boyles collected a career-high three rebounds. Bianca Torre hit two field goals to break a tie with Bobbie Cole (1993-97) for seventh place on the all-time UTPA list and catch former-teammate Aleeya Grigsby (2006-10) for sixth place with 325 made field goals.The Broncs start a three-game road trip on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. when they visit Oklahoma State University.