UTRGV Women’s Basketball Earns First Win

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros women’s basketball team earned their first victory of the season, beating the Minot State University Beavers 75-56 on Saturday at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.

Freshman Halie Jones led the Vaqueros (1-1) with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, with four steals. Junior Iva Belosevic scored 14 points with six rebounds and two steals. Senior Megan Johnson scored 11 points with nine rebounds, a career-high-tying four steals, and three assists.

Calli Delsman led the Beavers with 17 points and six rebounds.

The Beavers hit eight of their first 15 shots and led 22-20 at the end of the first quarter. Belosevic opened the second quarter with a three, however, and the Vaqueros were off to the races, going on an 18-0 run to take the lead for good. During that run, the Vaqueros grabbed seven steals while hitting five baskets, including a trio of three-pointers, and five free throws. The Vaqueros held the Beavers off the board for about six minutes and without a basket for about eight minutes.

Delsman hit back-to-back threes to end the Vaqueros’ run, but Beloservic scored the final seven points of the quarter on a layup, a three and two free throws to put the Vaqueros up 45-28.

The Vaqueros pushed their lead past 19 for the first time at the end of the third quarter when Jones made a layup and junior Saint Joseph alum Valeria Tapia knocked down a buzzer-beating three to make the score 64-41.

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UTRGV is back in action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Texas Lutheran at the UTRGV Fieldhouse. UTRGV students receive free admission with a current UTRGV student ID. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at UTRGVTickets.com. Fans purchasing their tickets online prior to match day can save up to $2 per ticket. Doors open at 6.

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