The Opening Tip
UALR takes to the road for the first time in
more than two weeks when it makes the short trip to Memphis on Friday, Dec. 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. or can be heard on 920 AM or by clicking here. Live stats will be available trough the Memphis athletic web site or by clicking here.
The Trojans will be looking for its first win over the Tigers in their eight attempts.
- UALR enters the Memphis game 7-1 and looking for its
first win over the Tigers. With a win, UALR will be off to its best start in program history.
- The Trojans held Southern Miss leading scorer Tanecka Carey
(16.2 ppg) to six points. UALR has faced three players averaging more than 15 ppg and held
them to 9.3 points on the season.
- Junior Hannah Fohne has tallied a
career-best 11 boards in two of the last three games.
- With four more assists (14) than
turnovers (10) vs. Southern Miss. UALR is the only team in the SBC with a positive
- Memphis is 3-3 on the year but will
be playing its first game in a week. The Tigers lost last Friday (Nov. 30) at East Tennessee
Memphis enters Friday night's contest 3-3 and on a
two-game losing streak. It will be the Tigers
second Sun Belt Conference opponent as they lost Nov. 11 at Middle Tennessee, 82-68.
In their last contest, the Tigers took an early 9-2 edge before
East Tennessee State scored 23 unanswered, holding Memphis scoreless for more
than nine minutes in the first half. Nicole Dickson recorded her third 30-point
outburst in four games. Pa'Sonna Hope came off the bench for a double-double
(13 points, 12 rebounds).
Three Memphis players are in double-digits in scoring for the
season. The Tigers are led by Dickson, who is seventh in the nation with 13.3
points per game. She also leads the team
with seven rebounds a game. Mooriah Rowser is second with 12 ppg while Ariel
Hearn leads the team with five assists per game and third with 11.3 ppg. As a
team, Memphis is 24th in the nation in shooting percentage (45.5) and 27th in
scoring offense (76.0)
was picked to finish fifth in the Conference USA preseason poll of head
coaches, including receiving one first place vote. Dickson was picked
Flashback to Last Year
never led in the game as Memphis claimed an 81-66 Dec. 10, 2011 in Little Rock.
UALR did win the battle of the boards 43-42, Memphis used a 25-15 edge in
points off of turnovers and a 17-8 edge in second-chance points. The Tigers
shot 29-60 (48.3%) for the game and held the Trojans to 25-63 (39.7%)
Taylor Gault was the only Trojan in double-figures with 22 points. She also led
the team in assists (three), steals (two) and blocks (1).
Memphis had four reach double-digits in scoring, only Nicole Dickson returns
as she also had 22 points. Dickson also grabbed seven rebounds.
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You've got to Remain Positive
36 assists and 64 turnovers in its first three games, a positive
assist-to-turnover ratio looked out of reach. On its current five-game
winning streak, UALR has 87 assists and 55 turnovers. With four more assists
than turnovers against Southern Miss, UALR became the only team in the SBC and
only one of 32 teams in the nation with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio (123-119,
Road Lock Down
After playing two of its first three games away from the
friendly confines of the Jack Stephens Center, UALR is hitting the road
after almost three weeks.
UALR has used stellar defense for a 2-0 mark in away games. To
open the season on Nov. 12, UALR held Tulsa to only 20-59 from the field
(33.9 percentage). A week later at SMU, the Trojans held the Mustangs to
only 13 field goals and a 23.2 mark from the field. In half of its games
this season, UALR has held its opponents to 15 field goals or less.
Crashing the Glass
Junior Hannah Fohne has had quite the season on
the glass. While not having a double-digit rebounding game since her
freshman season, Fohne has three such games this season. She recorded her
first double-double of her collegiate career with career-bests in points (12)
and rebounds (11) against Troy Nov. 29. Just two games later, Fohne hauled in
11 rebounds against Southern Miss Tuesday (Dec. 4).
The Reports Are In
The second round of NCAA statistics were
released Monday (Dec. 3) with sophomore Taylor Gault in the top-50 in a
pair of categories.
Gault is 48th in
the nation with 18.5 points per game. More impressive may be her ranking of
40th in the nation in blocks, which is third among guards (and second among
guards smaller than 6-0).
As a team, UALR is
fifth in the country in blocks (6.5), sixth in FG% defense (30.2), 30th in both
FG% (44.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.0), 39th in scoring margin (15.5) and
50th in turnover margin (+5.00)
Going for the Conference USA Championship?
night's contest with Memphis will be the fifth time in 10 games this season
that UALR has faced a team from Conference USA. The Trojans knocked
off Tulsa and SMU on the road while knocking off Rice and Southern Miss in
Little Rock. UALR is holding C-USA teams to 27.6% shooting (61-221) while
forcing 15.5 turnovers while holding a 15.0 ppg (65-50) scoring advantage.
Trojans Rewind: Southern Miss
UALR never trailed and capitalized on four
spurts of at least nine unanswered in capping the perfect five-game home stand
with a 64-55 win over Southern Miss Tuesday (Dec. 4). Tied at two, UALR went on
a 9-0 run.
UALR lost the battle on the boards 44-41, it blew the game open thanks to an
18-5 edge in second-chance points. The Trojans shot 40 percent from the field
(26-65) while holding the Golden Eagles to 28.3 percent (15-53).
Taylor Gault poured in 17 points, followed by 12 from junior Taylor Ford and 11 from senior Janette Merriex. Junior Hannah Fohne
has a career-best 11 boards in two of the last three games.
Junior Shanity James and Ford both tallied more assists themselves (four) than
Southern Miss had as a team (three). James only had one previous assist on the
season before the game against the Golden Eagles. While missing all four
three-pointers, Merriex hit 5-of-6 from inside the arc.
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UALR takes more than a week off before it
returns to action to take on Tulsa for the second time this season on Dec. 18
at 7 p.m. The Trojans defeated the Golden Hurricane 73-64 to open up the season
on Nov. 12 in Tulsa, Okla.