The Opening Tip
The Trojans kick off February
with a showdown against the South Alabama Jaguars. UALR beat USA 49-40 on Dec.
22, 2012 to kickoff Sun Belt Conference road play.
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- UALR (14-7, 6-6 SBC) returns to action Saturday (Feb. 2)
when it hosts the South Alabama Jaguars. UALR won 49-40 Dec. 22 in Mobile, Ala.
- The game in Mobile was the first time
in the first 11 games where UALR was losing at halftime. The Trojans are 3-5 this season when trailing at
- UALR's win over Louisiana Tech Wednesday (Jan. 30) marked
the third time, and second in the last three games,
the Trojans have had four double-digit scorers.
- Junior Taylor Ford has hit a three in five
consecutive games. She is 7-15 (46.7 percent) in those contests.
- A freshman has been in the starting line-up for UALR the
last eight games.
Alabama and UALR are 1-2 in the conference in scoring defence (54.0 and 54.9,
Scouting South Alabama
With UALR sitting 6-6 in conference and South Alabama close
behind at 5-7 (12-9 overall), Saturday (Feb. 2) will be an important game when
it comes to a potential bye in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. USA comes into the
contest with a two-game SBC losing streak. The Jaguars had won 5-of-7 before
the current slide.
its last contest, South Alabama never even had a lead as it fell 72-61
Wednesday (Jan. 30) at Arkansas State. Mary Nixon led the Jaguars with 16
points on 7-for-12 shooting. Nixon and Brianna Wright both grabbed a team-high
six boards. Meghan Dunn came off the bench with 16 while Wright chipped in 12.
UALR having won the rebounding battle the last four games, the Trojans will
need to continue to be strong on the block as South Alabama won the battle on
the boards with ASU 35-24, including 16-4 on the offensive end. The game could
potentially be a defensive slugfest as the Jauguars and Trojans are 1-2 in the
conference in scoring defense at 54.0 and 54.9, respectively.
Mary Nixon is the only double-digit scorer with 11.8 per game while Ronneka
Robertson pulls down 7.2 boards per game.
Flashback to Earlier this Year
The Trojans overcame a
slow first half with stifling second half defense as UALR claimed a 49-40 win
over South Alabama Saturday (Dec. 22) in Mobile, Ala.
its first halftime deficit of the season, UALR outscored South Alabama 27-17 in
the second and held the Jaguars to 22.6 percent shooting (7-31).
Taylor Gault led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points. Junior Hannah
Fohne grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds, corralling 12 in the first half
alone. Fohne and senior Janette Merriex both added eight points.
Brianna Wright came off the bench for South Alabama with 10
points. Ronneka Robertson and Veronica Cherizol added nine boards. 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.
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The Taylor Gault Effect
While sophomore Taylor Gault
has come off the bench during the Trojans current winning streak, she is making
her presence known. In the last three games, Gault has come off the bench
for a minimum of five-straight points to be the catalyst for a UALR run.
Against Florida Atlantic
(Jan. 23), UALR led 27-16 when Gault scored nine-straight points.
Gault followed that up
with five straight in the second half against North Texas (Jan. 26) when the
Mean Green threatened to pull away.
the Trojans holding a slim 14-8 lead against La Tech, Gault scored
seven-straight on her own and made her first four shots of the game.
Free Throw Turnaround
In the first 12
games, UALR was shooting 56.4 percent (132-234) from the line. Thus far in
2013, UALR has made 68.3 percent (125-183), including 72.4 percent (92-127) in
its last six games. Last in the conference for the majority of the season.
UALR is now ninth at 61.6 percent (257-417).
Crashing the Glass
out-rebounded in six of the first 13 games, UALR has out-muscled its opponents
six times in the last seven games.
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 +59 on rebounds
for the season for a 2.3 rebounds per game margin.
Thanks for Playing
With the true
round-robin format in SBC play this season, UALR will be completing its fourth
regular season series against South Alabama. Meanwhile, the Trojans have yet to
meet league-rival and SBC West-leading Arkansas State (Feb. 13). In fact, UALR completed the
season sweep at Troy (71-50) on Jan. 5. Most teams were starting conference
play that weekend.
In other completed season series, UALR split with North Texas
and was swept by WKU.
House of Horrors (for Opponents)
The Jack Stephens Center has
been quite the home venue throughout the years. UALR is 96-20 since it
opened before the 2005-06 season (.828), including a 54-11 (.828) 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 two years the Jack Stephens Center was open. UALR's
average margin of victory in home games this season is 14.7
Having a Block Party
coach Joe Foley's first eight seasons, UALR only reached the century mark in
blocks once (100 in 2006-07). The Trojans have reached that mark each of the
last two seasons. UALR had set the new standard with 114 last season in 33
games, but obliterated it this year with 124 rejections in only 21 games. With
an average of 5.9 blocks per game and a minimum of 30 games, the Trojans are on
pace for 177 blocks. The record for blocks in a season by an SBC team is
267 by Old Dominion (2006-07).
Trojans are 15-3 when they record seven or more blocks a game under coach
Foley. Having only reached the seven-block plateau 10 times in nine years
under Foley, UALR has eight such games already this season.
Trojans Rewind: Louisiana Tech
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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The Trojans begin a stretch where they play four of the next
five on the road when UALR travels to Monroe, La. to battle ULM Thursday (Feb.
7) at 5:15 p.m.