The Opening Tip
UALR (10-2, 3-1 Sun Belt) faces a crucial interdivisional match-up
Thursday (Jan. 3) when SBC East-leading Western Kentucky (11-2, 4-0 SBC) visits
the Jack Stephens Center. Tip is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Tickets range in price from $7-38 and can be purchased at the door or by
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- UALR (10-2, 3-1 SBC) returns to the friendly confines
of the Jack Stephens Center when it hosts Western Kentucky for a key SBC tilt.
- After losing its first 17 games against the
Hilltoppers, UALR has won five of its last six games in the series.
- In the only meeting last year between UALR and WKU, the
Hilltoppers' Chastity Gooch had only one board in 17 minutes of action. She has a double-double
in each of the first 12 games this season.
- UALR is 6-3 in the first game after the New Year under Joe
Foley. The Trojans have won their last four, including
a 78-66 win at Western Kentucky Jan. 3, 2009.
- Western Kentucky is out to
a 11-2, 4-0 SBC start this season. It has won its conference games by an
average of 4.75
Scouting Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky enters the game 11-2 overall and
4-0 in Sun Belt play. The Hilltoppers and Florida Atlantic are
currently battling it out for first place in the Sun Belt East Division. In
their latest game Dec. 29, 2012, the Hilltoppers held on for the 82-80 home win
over North Texas.
the Mean Green, Western Kentucky led by as much as nine before the visitors
mounted a rally. North Texas hit a layup with four seconds left to pull within
81-80, but WKU split from the line and NT failed to even get off a shot.
the game, Alexis Govan exploded for 40 points on 16-20 shooting and a 6-9 mark
from the charity stripe. Chastity Gooch added the double-double with 15 points
and a game-best 11 boards.
Thanks to the 40-point outburst by Gooch, she has moved into
22nd in the country with 20 points per game. Chastity Gooch is 13th in the
nation in rebounds (11.5) and 29th in steals (3.2) per game. Gooch also has a
nation-best 12 double-doubles for the year.
Flashback to Last Year
trailed 24-22 at intermision, but a 7-0 run to begin the second half gave the
Trojans the lead for good in a 61-50 win over Western Kentucky Jan. 22, 2012 in
Bowling Green, Kentucky.
jumper tied the game, a three-pointer by Taylor Gault with 18:20 left
put UALR ahead. Five times WKU pulled within one, but a Trojan answered each
threat. Three times it was Janette Merriex with a jumper, two of which
were beyond the arc.
Gault led a quartet of scorers for UALR with 17 points. Merriex
and Taylor Ford added 14. Two players scored 38-of-50 points for WKU in
last seasons contest. Alexis Govan and Chastity Gooch, WKU's leading scorers
this season, were held scoreless.
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Going for the Century Mark
UALR head coach Joe Foley enters
Saturday's contest with a 99-51 record in Sun Belt Conference play. With a
win, he will become only the eighth head coach in league history with 100 wins.
11-31 record in his first three seasons, Foley is 88-20 in the last seven
years. During those seven years (including 2012-13), Foley's teams are
averaging 12.6 SBC wins per year.
House of Horrors (for Opponents)
The Jack Stephens Center has
been quite the home venue throughout the years. UALR is 94-17 since it
opened before the 2005-06 season (.847), including a 52-8 (.867) mark in Sun
Belt Conference play.
The UALR record for consecutive
home wins is 29 from 1/23/07 (a victory over Harding) to 1/17/09 (a loss in
overtime to Middle Tennessee). That
includes the last six home games of 2006-07 through the first nine home games
certainly an aberration, but UALR ended the season strong. After losing four of
the first six in Little Rock, the Trojans bounced back and won 9 of its next
conference play, UALR is even hotter with as many SBC losses the last five
years as in the first year the Jack Stephens Center was open. UALR's average
margin of victory in home games this season is 18.2.
Trojans Rewind: Louisiana-Lafayette
could not overcome a 13-point deficit and a 13-minute scoring drought to open
the second half in a 56-54, double overtime loss at Louisiana-Lafayette
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
Trojans took an early 19-12 lead, but the Ragin' Cajuns stormed back and pulled
within two right before halftime. However, freshman Morgan Bolton went
coast-to-coast and beat the clock to give the visitors a 27-23 lead into break.
was a game of runs in the second half as ULL scored the first 17 points while
holding UALR scoreless for more than 13 minutes to begin the second half.
Louisiana-Lafayette was then held
scoreless for more than seven minutes while UALR went on an 12-0 run. Neither
team could get a sizeable lead and a three by ULL's Brandi Schambough gave the
home team the 56-54, 2 OT win.
Sophomore Taylor Gault led all scorers with 15 while
classmate Kiera Clark recorded nine rebounds. Fohne added three blocks.
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UALR will complete the season series with its nickname counterpart on
Saturday (Jan. 5) when it travels to Troy, Ala. to take on the Troy Trojans.
Tip-off is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. UALR kicked off Sun Belt Conference play
with a 75-52 win Nov. 29, 2012 in Little Rock.