Ce’Monay Newell and Erin Lewis each tied school records and the University of Texas-Pan American women’s basketball team set a new single-game school record for three-point field goals with 16 in the Broncs 94-60 victory over Texas A&M International University on Tuesday night at the UTPA Fieldhouse. Newell tallied nine three-pointers while Lewis dished out 15 assists in the victory. The win is the third straight victory for UTPA.
The Broncs (7-6) built a lead in the first stanza after TAMIU fought to keep it close early. The Dustdevils tied the game at 6-6 on Nikkiti Scott’s lay-up at the 15:29 mark of the first half. The Broncs followed with an 8-0 run including three-point buckets from both Newell and Bianca Torre, giving the Broncs a 14-6 lead with 13:51 to play in the first
With 3:41 remaining in the first half, Torre, who was named the Great West Conference Player of the Week today, nailed her third three-pointer of the opening period to give the Broncs a 17-point advantage, their largest lead of the half, at 34-17. The Dustdevils closed out the period on an 8-2 run and trailed 36-25 at the intermission. The Broncs were sharp from the outside, but struggled with their overall first-half field-goal percentage. The Broncs shot 47% in the first half from the three-point line but just 30% overall.
In the second half the Broncs were unstoppable. Roy Valencia scored the first basket of the half cutting the Broncs lead to single digits at 36-27. This was the closest the Dustdevils would get for the remainder of the contest.
Maria Ben Erlingsdottir hit a pair of free-throws with 13:58 remaining in regulation to cap off a 10-2 run giving the Broncs a 52-33 lead. Newell then hit a pair of three-point buckets on back-to-back possessions as part of an 8-0 run that built the UTPA lead to 62-37. Donna Jackson’s lay-up gave the Broncs their first 30-point advantage at 74-44 with 9:15 remaining.
Newell earned her record trying ninth trey with 1:46 remaining in regulation giving UTPA a 31-point lead at 89-58. Erin Lewis then earned her record tying 15th assist after passing off to LaQuita Garner for UTPA’s final basket, to make the score 94-58. The Broncs closed out the game on an 8-2 run for the 34-point victory.
Newell set a career high with her nine threes and game-high 29 points in her 37 minutes of action. Torre, fresh off her career high 34 on Sunday against Texas State, chipped in with 20 points on 4/8 shooting from behind the arc, along with five steals and five assists. The rest of the scoring was spread out as Adanna Opara, Erlingsdottir, Jackson, and Garner each chipped in with nine points. Opara also had a team-high seven boards. The Broncs shot 62% (16/26) from the three-point line on Tuesday.
Johanna Williams and Scott each scored 12 to lead the scoring for the Dustdevils. Williams also led TAMUI in rebounding with her game-high eight boards. Samantha Chacon chipped in with seven points. TAMIU struggled with their outside shooting hitting just three of their 20 attempts for a percentage of 15%.
Next up for UTPA, a one-game road swing to Kansas as they take on the Shockers of Wichita State on Sunday with a 2:05 PM tip-off. The Broncs return home on December 28 when they host Southland Conference for Sam Houston State at the UTPA Fieldhouse with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.