UALR’s Long-Range Shooting Sinks Tulsa 78-51
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          Release: 12/18/2012
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UALR WBB Highlights vs. Tulsa (Dec. 18, 2012)

LITTLE ROCK - The Trojans used the three-pointer early to create distance in the first half and rode senior Janette Merriex's hot hand in the second as UALR (9-1) downed Tulsa (3-7) 78-51 Tuesday night (Dec. 18) at the Jack Stephens Center.

UALR hit 26-55 from the field (47.3 percent) while holding Tulsa to only 16-50 (32 percent). The Trojans held a slim 38-37 advantage in rebounds.

Individually, Merriex led all scorers with 22 points on 7-10 shooting from the field, all from behind the arc. She narrowly missed the double-double with a career-best nine boards.

Sophomore Taylor Gault added 20, including a 7-10 mark from the charity stipe. Classmate Taylor Ford added nine points and a game-best seven assists.

Tulsa was led by Taleya Mayberry's 19 points while Tiffani Couisnard added 10. Loren McDaniel contributed a game-high 10 rebounds.

UALR used the three-pointer to take an early lead it would not relinquish. Tied at 13, Ford hustled for a defensive rebound along the base line and threw a pass to Merriex. Merriex drained the shot and ignited a 7-0 run. After sophomore Ka'Nesheia Cobbins split from the line, Ford's pass found Merriex again from downtown as UALR scored seven unanswered for the 20-13 lead with 10:32 left until intermission.

It was another 7-0 push just minutes later that gave the Trojans the double-digit advantage. Sophomore Kiera Clark cleaned up a Ford missed jumper and sophomore Taylor Gault dialed in from long range on the left elbow. Ford hit a pair from the line to cap the seven unanswered and UALR led 30-17 with 6:15 remaining in the half.

Tulsa held the Trojans scoreless for more than three minutes and climbed within 30-22, but Clark stopped the drought with a pair of jumpers followed by another jumper by Gault. Up 39-23 before half, Tulsa's Mayberry completed an old-fashioned three for the final 13-point margin.

UALR made 14-29 from the field, assisting on 11 of its field goals. Merriex grabbed eight rebounds in the first half alone.

The visitors made an early push in the second half and cut the UALR lead to 41-33 on a Kelsee Grovey three.  Merriex answered with a momentum-breaker from beyond the arc which gave UALR a double-digit advantage for good. After both teams exchanged threes, Merriex ignited a 10-0 run with a pair of triples. Ford added a jumper followed by a Gault steal and lay-up to put the exclamation point on the run. UALR led 55-34 with 13:05 left.

Tiffani Cousinard answered on the other end for TU, but Merriex quickly answered with a career-record seventh trey. A jumper by freshman Shanity James with six seconds left gave the Trojans their largest lead of the game and the final 27-point margin.

UALR steps back into Sun Belt play Saturday (Dec. 22) when it travels to South Alabama. Tip from Mobile, Ala. is set for noon.

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