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Volleyball All-American helps basketball to first CUSA win

McKenzie Adams hits a jumper
McKenzie Adams hits a jumper
courtesy UTSA Athletics

McKenzie Adams showed her worth to UTSA again as she was the star in the UTSA Women's Basketball team's 61-60 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.

The Volleyball All-American managed a career high of 20 points, in just her sixth basketball game since she was in the 11th grade at High School, splitting the halves with 10 points each.

Miki Turner was the only other Roadrunner to manage double figures as she hit ten with Kamara King and Mannasha Bell close with eight.

After some impressive non-conference play the Roadrunners started their Conference USA play 0-2 and so needed something inspirational to pull back on track and Adams' performance did just that.

Charlotte took an early lead as they got started early and held a 19-10 lead with 9:20 played in the game after an impressive start saw UTSA struggle to keep up the pace.

After a time-out UTSA responded to the threat with a 14-3 run giving them a two point lead with just over five and a half minutes to play in the opening period.

Back-to-back 3-pointers for the Roadrunners sparked the run with Ashley Spaletta and Niaga Mitchell-Cole setting off the run.

The teams held pretty even for the remainder of the half but Charlotte were able to sneak back in front, holding a 30-28 lead at the break.

With the scores tied at 34 the Roadrunners went for it, scoring ten unanswered points before eventually pushing that lead out one further at 52-41 thanks to a Mitchell-Cole basket off a Mathilde Hergott layup.

Charlotte were angry to be so far back and they clawed their way back, managing 12 unanswered points of their own to restore their lead as the excitement ramped up in the closing stages.

With 5:42 remaining in the game, and UTSA trailing by one senior Miki Turner came up to restore the lead with a tap-in with her right.

The attention then turned to the Roadrunners' Volleyball star, Adams who hit a jumper to give UTSA the crucial lead, that they never gave up, heading to a 59-57 lead, before a Spaletta rebound sealed the one point win for UTSA.

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