January 21st, 2014
UTPA women’s basketball team gave the Chicago State University Cougars a fast paced game Jan. 18. Midway through the game the broncs went on a 16 point run to pull off a win at the UTPA Field House 66-44.
Currently the Bronc season record now stands even 9-9, 3-2 season record in the Western Athletic conference.
The game was at a standstill as the Broncs fought off the Cougars. But Kaelynn Boyd, a sophomore, scored a three pointer, starting the 16 point run. Then junior Tonashia Walker hit seven straight points using two free throws, a three pointer and one layup.
The Broncs kept up the momentum as Charrell Price scored another three pointer and Brittany Bush went for a free throw. Scoring Shawnte Goff ended the run 42-27.
All in all Goff scored a total of 18 points, junior Jasmine Thompson scored 10 and Bush came close to a double double with nine points and 12 rebounds.
With this win in hand the Broncs will now face off at home against New Mexico State, Jan. 25, at the UTPA Field House.
December 20th, 2013
The University women’s basketball swept in a win against the University of Texas at Arlington with a score of 75-63 at the Field House Dec. 18. After the win the team is now tied for the best season start in program history at 6-4.
The win was much needed after two back- to-back losses against Texas A&M and Texas Christian University, stated Shawnte’, Goff a guard for the Broncs.
“We came out and did what we needed to do,” Goff said. “We didn’t play good at TCU, we didn’t do good at Corpus, so we knew we had to come out and get this win.”
On top of the win the team put forward a season high of 11 three pointers, fourth highest in program history. Goff scored seven of those totaling her career-game high of 25 points. Trailing behind her was Jasmine Thompson who scored a game high of 22 points with five rebounds and three steals.
Goff and Thompson lead the team in scoring but at first the team struggled as they were down 28 to 15 with 10:30 seconds left in the first half. But the Bronc’s held tough and eventually caught up and pilled within one point with only 7 minutes left in the first half. UTA however, still held on to the lead until Goff scored a three pointer tying the game in the second half at 41, and the rest is history.
As Tonisha Walker, a guard explains they struggled at first due to one of their top scorers being out due to a broken toe.
“We all had to step up and contribute,” Walker said. “We have depth as a team and we will pull out in the end.”
Despite the setback of an injury and rocky start to their game the Bronc’s prevailed and will face off against the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Wichita, Ks. Dec. 21.
December 12th, 2013
The University Athletic Department and Rio Grande Valley Viper photographer Dutch Cowgill passed away Dec. 10, due to a heart attack. Cowgill was 59 years old and is survived by his wife Dana, who resides in Edinburg.
Cowgill joined the UTPA staff in November 2010 and with the Vipers since November 2007.
He was always quick to smile and extend his hand to greet other photographers and reporters when they arrived to games. He could be seen wearing his usual khaki pants and light olive green polo. His glasses reflected the light during baseball games and his white hair caught the sun.
Cowgill’s passion for photography was obvious. He was quick to offer tips to amateur photographers or those who just wanted to learn more about cameras.
He became a staple in the athletic community and will surely be missed.
There will be a moment of silence and a video tribute in honor of Cowgill at the women’s basketball game against UT Arlington Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Field House. The Vipers will also hold a moment of silence for their late photographer at their game against Springfield Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at State Farm Arena.
December 4th, 2013
Junior Brittany Bush, women’s basketball forward, was named to UTSA’s Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team Dec. 1.
Bush started the tournament with eight points, nine rebounds and seven blocks against Norfolk State Nov. 29.
Her seven blocks in the tournament tie her for fourth most in a single game in UTPA program history. Bush kept up the momentum when she recorded her first double-double of the season Nov. 29 with 17 points and 14 rebounds against Northern Iowa.
The Broncs continue their season Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. when they face Houston Baptist University in Houston.
November 27th, 2013
Laura Van Tilburg a Weslaco forward has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for UTPA Women’s Basketball team. Head Coach Larry Tidwell had her sign the dotted line Nov. 20, and is set to play for the 2014-15 season.
“She’ll be a definite inside presence and a definite factor as we’re trying to build UTPA into a program that’s going to contend for WAC Championships,” Tidwell said. “She can play. She is a very good athlete. She can run. She’s a presence inside, and the thing I love about her is that she finishes at the rim. She is a big time player. We’re very fortunate to get her.”
Van Tilburg earned the MVP honors at the Whataburger Mid-Valley Classic Tournament after leading Weslaco High to a 5-0 record, including a Championship win over Weslaco East with a final score of 39-16.
Her weslaco team was ranked No. 1 by RGVSports.com. They beat out the second ranked team, Harlingen, with a score of 43-31 Nov. 12, She scored 10 points and had 12 rebounds including two blocks.
Van Tilburg averages 10.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 3.0 steals per game. The Weslaco native has played a part in pushing the team to be the the No. 17 ranked team in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Poll and the 24th ranked team in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Poll, with a 7-0 record.
“We’re very excited to have Laura because she brings something to the table for us that I think are very important,” Tidwell said.”
October 3rd, 2013
Anthony Anderson is now the women’s basketball assistant coach, as announced Sept. 25 by the UTPA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Anderson was previously the men’s basketball assistant coach at Lamar State College.
Anderson is originally from Slidell, Louisiana and replaces Zac Roman, who was with UTPA for four months and resigned three weeks ago due to family issues. During his time at Lamar State College he helped the Seahawks to a 20-11 record.
“He’s very active in the recruiting fields. That’s what we’re after, is someone that’s very connected because, as I preach time and time again, it gets down to recruiting,” said Head Coach Larry Tidwell said. “He’ll also be responsible for overseeing and developing our guards.”
Anderson spent the 2011-12 season on the men’s basketball coaching staff at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, doubling as both the associate head coach of the varsity team and the head coach of the junior varsity team.
Anderson played collegiately at Florida International University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 2011. He went on to earn a Master of Sports Science in sports coaching with an emphasis on NCAA Compliance from the United States Sports Academy this year.
“It’s a blessing to join the UTPA coaching staff,” Anderson said. “I believe that this is a big step for me in my career and I am looking forward to this upcoming season.”
September 1st, 2013
By Lisa Marie Rojas
The University athletic department welcomes back Matt Taylor, as the new strength and condition coach. Taylor was a previous employer at UTPA during the 2007-2008 season as head strength and conditioning coordinator.
“I am happy to welcome Matt back to the Bronc athletics family,” Director of Athletics Chris King said. “He has many years of experience working with student-athletes at Presbyterian, Rice, UTPA, Buffalo, Arizona State and Gardner-Webb. His methods and strength and conditioning philosophy will make (a) significant impact on the athleticism of our student-athletes.”
Taylor received his bachelor’s degree in physical education, health and secondary education from Mount Union. Meanwhile, he helped lead the Union football team to win four National Collegiate Athletic Association championships.
“I would like to thank Chris King for the opportunity to come back to UTPA,” Taylor said. “There have been a lot of positive changes to the athletic program and I’m looking forward to our first of many WAC Championships.
Since he was last employed, the University joined the Western Athletic Conference and implemented the new women’s soccer program arising in the fall of 2014 and men’s soccer program beginning 18 months later in 2015.