LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -
It started with sophomore Ka'Nesheia Cobbins’ layup while being fouled, and then the Trojans were off to the
Cobbins shot ignited a 14-0 run and the Trojans never looked
back as UALR (14-7) knocked off Louisiana Tech (9-11) Wednesday night (Jan. 30)
in non-conference action at the Jack Stephens Center.
UALR pushed its advantage down on the block, holding a 48-35
edge on the glass and tied a season-best with 11 rejections. The Trojans also
turned 15 offensive rebounds into 21 second-chance points.
The Trojans hit 25-57 (43.9 percent) from the field for the
game while holding La Tech to 19-60 (31.7 percent).
Individually, four different Trojans reached double-digit
scoring. Junior Taylor Fordled the
way with 16 points, six rebounds and assists and a block. Classmate Taylor Gault came off the bench for 13
points on 5-11 shooting while Cobbins added 12. Junior Kiera Clark hit 5-8 from the field for 10 points.
Junior Hannah Fohne
turned in a solid line of eight rebounds, four points, three blocks and an
assist and steal.
Lulu Perry paced the Lady Techsters with 14 points while
Whitney Frazier added 11. Kelia Shelton tallied a game-high nine rebounds.
It took until the first media timeout for UALR to create
space, but a 14-0 spurt gave the Trojans a double-digit lead it would not
relinquish. Down 8-7, Cobbins drove the lane and made the bucket while being
fouled to send the game to a timeout.
After Cobbins missed the free throw, the UALR defense forced
a stop. Ford grabbed the rebound and went coast-to-coast for the hoop and harm.
She finished the old-fashioned three and UALR was up 12-8. Cobbins then hit a
pair from the line before Gault got hot and scored seven in a row. She started
with a short pull-up jumper at the right elbow for two before a step-back three
put UALR up 11. She followed that up with a right baseline shot right in front
of the three-point arc to cap the 14-0 run. UALR led 21-8 with 12:04 left in
The Trojans never led by less than 12 the rest of the half
and hit 5-6 from the charity stripe down the stretch to race out to a 40-21 lead
at the break. UALR assisted on 10-15 of shots, making 50 percent of its
attempts from the field (15-30). Louisiana Tech was held to one assist on only
seven field goals for the stanza (7-30 shooting).
La Tech tried to mount a comeback but could not cut it
closer than 17. Brittney Jefferson hit a jumper with 6:51 left to cut it to
61-42, but UALR responded with a 5-0 run and never led by less than 20. James
started the spurt with a layup with Ford hitting 3-4 from the line. UALR made
7-10 from the charity stripe down the stretch and freshman Carolee Dillard put the exclamation point on the night with a
fastbreak layup to open a 26-point UALR advantage, its largest of the night. La
Tech scored the final four points as UALR cruised to the 74-52 win.
UALR returns to action for its final home game in two weeks
when it takes on South Alabama Saturday (Feb. 2) at 4:30 p.m. The Trojans beat
the Jaguars 49-40 on Dec. 22, 2012 in Mobile, Ala.