UALR Takes on Rice Saturday at Noon Looking for 3rd-Straight Win
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          Release: 11/23/2012
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The Opening Tip

     UALR (2-1) looks to win its third-straight game on the young season when it plays host to the Rice Owls on Saturday (Nov. 24) at noon. Live stats (free) and video (subscription) are available through the UALR web site while live radio will be available on 920 AM, the sports animal, by clicking here.

      Tickets range from $7-38 and can be purchased at the door by calling 501-565-UALR.

Quick Hits

  • UALR is looking to move to 3-0 on the week after wins at SMU Monday (Nov. 19) and vs. Oral Roberts

   Wednesday (Nov. 21).

  • Rice is 2-2 overall and are wrapping up a 4-game road trip against the Trojans. After dropping the first two, the Owls claimed a 73-61 win over Texas State.
  • With 51 in the first half against the Golden Eagles, it tied the most points in a half under Joe Foley (51 vs.

   Harding Jan. 23, 2007).

  • UALR has blocked seven shots in three-straight games, surpassing last year's total (2) in a campaign where the Trojans blocked the most shots (114) in a single season.
  • The Trojans are going for its fourth win of the season against Rice Saturday (Nov. 24), something it did not achieve last season until Dec. 21 against Seattle.

Scouting Rice

     Rice enters the game with a 2-2 record after winning at Texas State  Tuesday night (Nov. 20) 73-61. This contest wraps up a 4-game roadtrip with the Owls losing the first two games at Tennessee and Tennessee Tech.

     Against Texas State, Rice raced out to a 39-28 edge and never looked back in the 12-point win. Jessica Kuster led the Owls with 26 points and 19 boards for the double-double. Megan Palmer added 14 points and nine rebounds.

     Kuster is averaging a double-double on the season with 21.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She also leads the team with six blocks on the season, three of which came against Texas State. Palmer is second with 12.0 points per game while Christal Porter is second on the glass with 7.0 rebounds per game.

     Rice was picked to finish fourth in Conference USA in a vote by the head coaches. Junior forward Jessica Kuster was selected the preseason Conference USA Player of the Year, her second-straight preseason All-Conference honor. Rice is among the nations top-10 youngest teams for the 2012-13 season.

Flashback to Last Year

     Rice scored the games first four points and led 10-8, but UALR responded by scoring 25 of the final 34 of the half to roll to a 33-19 halftime advantage. The Trojans won 67-47 on Nov. 26, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

     For UALR, Taylor Gault scored a game high 25 points on 11-16 shooting with 10 points from Taylor Ford. Hannah Fohne added six points and eight boards.

     Megan Shafer came off the bench for eight points, the most among returners for the Owls. Jessica Kuster added six points and seven boards.

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Winning the Cup

     While UALR is not playing in an in-season tournament, the Trojans have a claim to the Tulsa, Okla Mayor's Cup. Oral Roberts and Tulsa play for the cup annually, but UALR has beaten both teams on the season. The Trojans do host Tulsa for a second game of the season in Little Rock Dec. 18.

     With a career-best 33 points for sophomore Taylor Gault, UALR knocked off Tulsa 73-64 on Nov. 12 to open the season. Gault followed up her outburst with 31 against Oral Roberts on Wednesday (Nov. 21) as the Trojans blitzed the Golden Eagles 79-47.

Gault Loves Tulsa

     Who knew sophomore Taylor Gault loved teams from Tulsa, Okla. so much?

     In the season-opening game against Tulsa on Nov. 12, Gault scored a career-high 33 points on 13-20 shooting from the field as UALR won 73-64. She followed that up with a spectacular first half against the other Tulsa team (Oral Roberts) with a career-half high of 25 and a career-best five triples. UALR went on to win 79-47 over Oral Roberts.

     With no UALR player with more than 30 points in a game since the 2011-12 season, Gault has already accomplished this feat twice this season. 

Dialing it Up From Long Range

     Senior Janette Merriex is having quite the early season from long range for UALR. After going 1-2 in the first game of the season against Tulsa (Nov. 12), Merriex nailed six of 10 treys to match her single-game best from her sophomore year. She leads the team, shooting 10-18 (55.6) beyond the arc.

     After hitting three triples against Missouri State, Merriex dialed in from deep for three treys on successive possesions during UALR's 11-0 run late in the second half against the Lady Bears.

     Not to be oudone, Gault went 5-6 in the first half alone against Oral Roberts on Wednesday (Nov. 21) to help UALR cruise to a 79-47 victory. Gault is now second on the team, shooting at a 44.4 percent rate from downtown.

Charge It

                Through four games, UALR averages two charges taken a game. Junior Taylor Ford and junior Hannah Fohne each have three. Sophomore Taylor Gault and freshman Jakeisha Wells each have one.

Trojans Rewind: Oral Roberts

     UALR put together a dominating first half where it outscored the Golden Eagles 51-18, including a 47-12 run to end the stanza. UALR won the contest 79-47 on Wednesday (Nov. 21) to move to 3-1 on the season, including 2-0 against teams from Tulsa, Okla.

     Sophomore Taylor Gault recorded her second 30+ point performance of the season with 31 points and a team-high six boards. Juniors Hannah Fohne and Taylor Ford both contributed 10 while senior Janette Merriex added a pair of triples and three blocks.

      UALR trailed only 32 seconds in the contest until Merriex connected on a three with just over 17 minutes remaining in the first half to give the Trojans a 7-6 advantage. UALR would not trail the rest of the way as Gault hit a pair of triples in consecutive possesions to push the lead to seven. UALR led by as much as 38 in the 32-point win.

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Next Up

     The Trojans continue their five-game homestand Thursday when it plays host to the other Trojans of Troy on Thursday night (Nov. 29). Tip-off in the first Sun Belt Conference game for both teams is set for 5:15 p.m.

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