The Opening Tip
The Trojans travel to Denton,
Texas for a key Sun Belt Conference West Division contest with North Texas
Saturday (Jan. 26). Game time is set for 5 p.m.
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- UALR (12-7, 5-6) travels to Denton, Texas Saturday (Jan.
26) to take on North Texas in a key SBC West game.
- The Trojans hold a 5-3 advantage over North Texas when
visiting the Super Pit. North Texas leads the series 7-6 in Little Rock.
- UALR is 7-3 since 2006-07 when it has lost to a team previously
in the same season.
- Against Florida Atlantic Jan.
23, freshman Shanity James grabbed 13 boards and scored 11 points for
career double-double and the second for a UALR freshman
this season. Previously, Marian Kursh was the last UALR freshman to have a
Kentucky Feb. 18, 2009).
game will end the regular season series between North Texas and UALR as
Scouting North Texas
North Texas (7-12, 6-4 SBC) looks to capture the all-important
tie-breaker in Sun Belt Conference Tournament seeding when UALR visits Saturday
(Jan. 26). The Mean Green won the first meeting of the season 68-65
Jan. 9 in Little Rock.
In its last contest, North Texas led by as much as 13 against
SBC-leading Middle Tennessee. However, the Blue Raiders cut the deficit to
three at halftime and won comfortably, 60-47, Thursday (Jan. 24) in Denton.
Loryn Goodwin led North Texas with 21 points, including hitting all seven free
throws and a 4-6 mark from beyond the arc. Laura McCoy added 10.
Scoring can come from anywhere for the Mean Green as North
Texas has five players averaging nine points or more per game. Alexis Hyder
leads the team in scoring and on the glass with 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds
per game, respectively. Loryn Goodwin leads the team in steals per game (2.8),
is second in points per game (13.8) and is third in rebounds (5.0).
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Flashback to Earlier this Year
The Trojans overcame a
14-point halftime deficit and took a lead late in the game, but it was not
enough as UALR fell to North Texas, 68-65 , on Jan. 9.
UALR used a strong rebounding effort and bench production to
rally on North Texas. The Trojans won the rebounding battle 41-32. NT responded
by hitting 52.6 percent (10-19) from behind the arc, including 71.4 percent (5-7)
in the second half.
Sophomore Taylor Gault came off the bench to lead all
scorers with 26 points and three blocks. Senior Janette Merriex and
junior Taylor Ford both added 11 points.
For the Mean Green, Laura McCoy went 6-7 from three-point range
for 23 points. Alexis Hyder added 17 while Loryn Goodwin came off the pine for
17. Hyder also added seven rebounds.
Crashing the Glass
UALR has made quite the turnaround on the
boards since the calender turned to 2013. After being out-rebounded in six of
the first 13 games, UALR has out-muscled its opponents five times in the last
Jan. 23 against
Florida Atlantic, UALR turned out a 56-24 edge on the glass. A +32 rebounding
margin is the largest under head coach Joe Foley, surpassing the +23 (45-22)
advantage on the glass against Arkansas State Feb. 25, 2012. It was only
the third game under Coach Foley UALR was +20 or greater on the boards.
UALR is +40 on rebounds
for the season.
Career Records Watch
A trio of players have
their eyes on the UALR career record book. Senior Janette Merriex is
third with 150 career threes, 62 behind second-place Jocelyn Love (2003-07).
Junior Taylor Ford is eighth with 234 assists, just one behind Heather
Morris (2003-06) and 44 behind Pam Tiller (1981-85). Finally, sophomore Taylor Gault is already 10th with 834 points, 144 behind ninth-place B.J.
Having a Block Party
If last season was any indication, opposing
players may want to think twice before entering the lane.
recorded the most blocks for a single season (114) in school history in
2011-12. It was the second time in coach Joe Foley's nine seasons a
UALR squad hit the century mark (100 in the 2006-07 season). This season, UALR
already has 98 blocks in 17 games, which easily leads the Sun Belt Conference.
Trojans are 14-3 when they record seven or more blocks a game under coach
So far in 2012-13, UALR has 5.8 blocks per
game. With a minimum of 30 games remaining, The Trojans are on pace to smash
the single-season record and finish with 174 blocks. At this rate, UALR will
set the new season standard at North Texas Jan. 26.
Trojans Rewind: Florida Atlantic
Trojans used a pair of double-digit runs and never looked back as UALR
dismantled Florida Atlantic 77-45 Wednesday (Jan. 23) in Little Rock.
Shanity James notched her first career double-double with 11 points and
13 rebounds. Junior Taylor Ford added a career-best 16 points and nine
rebounds. Sophomore Taylor Gault came off the bench for a game-high of
17 points on 8-13 shooting.
at 13, UALR scored 12 unanswered. Later in the first half, Gault scored nine in
a row to enter the top 10 in career scoring at UALR.
the game, UALR outrebounded FAU 56-24, the largest rebounding margin under
Coach Foley. In fact, UALR only had four fewer offensive rebounds (20) than
the Owls had total rebounds. UALR used a 20-6 advantage in the paint and a 20-6
edge in second chance points in winning by 32, matching its largest victory
this season (vs. Oral Roberts, Nov. 21, 2012; 79-47).
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UALR goes pink for its final non-conference regular season game
of the year when it welcomes Louisiana Tech on Wednesday (Jan. 30). The contest
will be the annual WBCA Think Pink Game to raise money for the battle against
breast cancer and will be sponsored by QBot.