The Opening Tip
UALR looks to run its winning streak to four games when it host Troy for
the 2012-2013 Sun Belt Conference opener. Game time is set for 5:15 p.m.
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- UALR looks to imrove to 9-0 against
Troy. The two Trojans first faced each other in the 2005-06 season.
- UALR is 4-1 on the season. The Trojans
did not have five wins last season until New Year's Eve 2011. UALR is also looking
to improve to 20-5 in the calender year 2012.
- UALR is 6-1 in conference openers at the
Jack Stephens Center and is on a six-game winning streak that has a margin of victory of 24 points. UALR
defeated Troy 83-48 to open up conference play in 2010-11.
its only win of the season against Furman, Troy scored 28 more points (118)
then SMU and UALR
(90) when the two teams faced off Nov. 19.
• Thursday night's game
will be the fourth Sun Belt Conference contest played this season. No other conference
has even started league
Troy enters the game with a 1-3 record but leads
the Sun Belt and is fourth in the country with 88.8 points per game. First year head coach
Chanda Rigby is 1-3, claiming a 118-96 victory over Furman Nov. 18.
their last contest, the Trojans were held to a season-low 65 points in a 72-65
loss at Kennesaw State. Sarah McAppion came off the bench with 17 points on
8-12 shooting while Jasmine Pitts added 13.
Troy will throw a really balanced offense at UALR as five
players average 11 points or more (and McAppion adds 9.8 ppg). Kourtney Coleman
leads the team with 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Jasmine Pitts is
close behind with 12.8 points while Ashley Beverly-Kelly and Joanna Harden add
12.3 and 12.0 ppg, respectively.
was picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt Conference West Division in the
preseason poll of head coaches. In the overall series, UALR is 8-0 against
Troy, including 4-0 in Little Rock.
Flashback to Last Year
UALR raced out to a 34-18 halftime lead and
scored 23 points off of 20 Troy turnovers to win 59-40 last season on Feb. 18,
2012 in Troy, Ala.
Taylor Gault leads all returners with 13 points while Kiera Clark added
only returns two starters from last year's contest between the two schools.
Brooke Bowie scored six points while Sarah McAppion added two points in only 12
minutes of action.
teams played back and forth for the first six minutes. Troy led 8-7 before a
pair of lay-ups by UALR's Marian Kursh ignited a 13-2 run. UALR never trailed
the rest of the way.
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A Fast Start...
In UALR's 32-point win against Oral Roberts last Wednesday (Nov.
21), UALR accomplished many half feats in racing to a 51-18 intermission lead
over the Golden Eagles.
As a team, the 51 points tied the best half output during
head coach Joe Foley's tenure (51, Harding Jan. 23, 2007) and was the most
against an NCAA Division I team. Individually, sophomore Taylor Gault had a
career-half high 25 points on 9-14 shooting. Gault also connected on a
career-best 5-6 from behind the arc, setting a new career-best.
...A Strong Finish
While UALR had a serviceable halftime advantage of nine
against Rice Nov. 24, 2012, the second half saw UALR hold the Owls to 5-26
shooting (19.2 percent) from the field in a 45-26 edge in the second half.
Junior Taylor Ford dished out a career-best nine assists
while freshman Shanity James
scored 20 points in the game alone, recording 11 points combined in the
first four contests of the season. Sophomore Kiera Clark tallied a
career-high 18 points on a team season-high 9-12 (75 percent) shooting.
The Reports Are In
The first round of NCAA statistics were
released Monday (Nov. 26) with three different Trojans among the top-50 in the
country in three different categories.
Leading the Sun Belt
Conference in scoring, sophomore Taylor Gault is 17th in the nation with
21.2 points per game. Senior Janette Merriex also is tops in the SBC and
is 26th in the nation with a 50 percent (10-20) three-point field goal mark.
Junior Taylor Ford leads the SBC and is 47th in the nation in assists
per game (5.2).
As a team, UALR is 21st
in the country with a 32.0 percent field goal defense, a 45.4 shooting
percentage and 50th in assist-turnover ratio (0.96).
A Turnover Turnover
In the first three games, UALR 64 turnovers
and 36 assists (0.6 assist-turnover ratio). In the last two games, UALR has
41 assists and 16 miscues (2.6 assists to turnover ratio). After not having
reached 20 assists in two years, UALR has done it in its last two games.
Trojans Rewind: Rice
UALR claimed a 76-48 win over Rice Saturday
afternoon (Nov. 24) at the Jack Stephens Center.
Trojans held the Owls to only 13-53 (24.5 percent) from the field. The Trojans
also dished out 21 assists on 31 made buckets, the second-straight game with
20+ assists. As a team, UALR shot 46.3 percent from the field (31-67).
career-highs were plentiful for the Trojans. Freshman Shanity James
exploded for a career-high 20 points, hitting 9-13 from the field. Sophomore Kiera Clark added a career-best 18 points, scoring eight of the first 10 points
for UALR in the game. She also grabbed seven boards.
Sophomore Taylor Gault added 11 points. Junior Taylor Ford passed out a career-best
nine assists, adding eight rebounds to nearly miss her first career
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UALR makes the quick turnaround when it
hosts ULM to open up the month of December. Game time on Saturday is set for