Okla.—In the team’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance,
the UALR women’s basketball team defeated higher-seed Georgia Tech 63-53 Sunday
at Lloyd Nobel Center.The Trojans
record the most overall wins in school history with a 27-6 record and face the
winner of the Oklahoma/South Dakota State game Tuesday.
“I thought it was a great
game,” said head coach Joe Foley.“I thought that we did the two things that I
felt like we need to do.I felt like we
needed to handle their pressure.I
thought we did a great job of handling press, and get some good layups, and
some good opportunities to score.I
thought Kim [Sitzmann] knocked down some big threes in the first half to get us
going.I thought our defensive effort
Senior Kim Sitzmann recorded a season-high 21
points including tying a season-high four three-pointers.Junior Chastity
Reed recorded a double-double with 14 points and a team-high ten rebounds,
while junior Shanika Butler knocked
down ten points.
Georgia Tech won the opening tip, the Yellow Jackets took a 6-0 lead on
layups.The Trojans scored the team’s
first field goal at the 16:15 mark on a three-pointer by Sitzmann, before
Georgia Tech answered with a three by Jasmine Blaine to extend their score to
15:50 on the clock, the Trojans went on an 11-2 run including holding the
Yellow Jackets to no points over two minutes to take the team’s first lead and
extend it to 14-11 with 12:56 until half.
Tech scored four straight points from Bridgitte Ardossi to regain the
advantage, before a three-pointer by Sitzmann followed by a steal by Butler to Britteni Williams for the layup put
UALR back on top 19-15 with 10:22 on the clock.
the next four minutes, Sitzmann scored six points for the Trojans to four by
Sasha Goodlett for the Yellow Jackets to extend UALR’s lead to 25-19 with 5:21
on the clock.
teams exchanged points, before two free throws by Kursh followed by a fast
break layup from Sitzmann gave UALR the 32-24 lead.In the remaining 1:17, both teams knocked
down points with Sitzmann draining a three with 4.2 seconds left to give the
Trojans the 35-26 half-time lead.
18 points in the first half was the most points in a half she has scored all
opened the second half with a three-pointer, before Georgia Tech put up the
team’s first field goal with a put back at 18:36.UALR outscored the Yellow Jackets seven to
two over the next three minutes including four from Reed for the 45-30 lead
with 14:36 remaining.
jumper by Reed sparked a 7-2 run by the Trojans to extend the team’s lead to
the largest at 52-32 with 7:48 on the clock.A put back by Chelsea Regins sparked a 11-0 run by Georgia Tech to cut
the Trojans lead to 52-42 at the 4:10 mark.
for UALR and Ardossi for Georgia Tech both exchanged points with the Trojans
holding the 57-47 advantage.In the
remaining 58.4 seconds, UALR scored six points to Georgia Tech’s six to win
faces the winner of the Oklahoma/South Dakota State match-up at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.