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UTSA Women open Holiday Classic with a win

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UTSA continued their good run of form as they managed a 79-68 win over North Dakota State in the opening match of the Women's Basketball Holiday Classic at the Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon.

Kamara King was the star for UTSA as she managed 23 points, while also adding four steals with Miki Turner joining her in double figures on 14. Defensively Ashley Spaletta impressed on the boards with nine rebounds, seven coming defensively.

UTSA got the first points of the match, taking out a 4-0 lead in the opening stages of the minute before NDSU came back to make it a level ball game.

The game stayed tight out to 7-8 only for UTSA to again push out using a 5-0 run to make it 14-7 with Dwanisha Tate managing two baskets in the run.

UTSA did well from range in the first half with Kamara King and Niaga Mitchell-Cole putting up plenty of chances with Mitchell-Cole being particularly successful.

The UTSA defense was strong throughout the first half as they managed several turn overs and forcing several misses from the NDSU offense in a solid opening half.

Holding that impressive advantage the Roadrunners just went about their work calmly, matching everything NDSU did, while adding two baskets every now and again to calmly build a 42-29 lead at half-time.

NDSU actually started the second half the better side as they started the half with five points to cut the gap down to 11 points.

After UTSA matched NDSU they were again pushing out as they managed a 7-0 run that closed the gap even tighter making it 45-52 with just over 12 minutes to play.

But such was the distance UTSA were in front it was quickly pushed back out with a 6-2 run from UTSA pushing it back out again, with some good work in the paint making it 58-47, before a trey from Ashley Spaletta pushed UTSA's lead out to 14 again.

NDSU again looked to fight back managing seven unanswered points, and taking a time out in the middle to half the gap.

With such a lead, all UTSA needed to do was match NDSU the rest of the way, and they did so easily with Kamara King looking dangerous in the final ten minutes they easily won, 79-68.

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