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A Tale of Two Taylors
UALR Sports Information
Release: 03/15/2012

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Sophomore Taylor Ford and freshman Taylor Gault didn’t click together as teammates and friends because they have the same first name or because they shared the same number. Their relationship on and off the court has been the driving force for the UALR women’s basketball team as the Trojans get ready for the team’s third-straight NCAA appearance.

Ford came to Little Rock from Indianapolis, Ind. and Warren Central High School but calls her home Columbia, Mo. The 5-9 guard played a role in last season’s first Sun Belt Conference Championships title and second NCAA appearance.

This season, Ford had to take on the role of point guard and completely change her frame of mind on the court. As a sophomore, she had to step into a leadership position.

“It has been difficult for me,” said Ford. “I understand that role now. In the beginning, I was getting extremely frustrated. I had to learn that what I do affects everybody else. I think that is how I affect Taylor Gault a lot. If I stay calm and keep her calm, then the whole team will stay calm. It is like a waterfall effect.”

Gault traveled just a few miles south from Conway, Ark. to start her career with the Trojans. A 5-8 guard, Gault wasn’t sure about the unknowns in the beginning or if she would even get to success she has now.

“Honestly, it has been hard,” said Gault. “At first, I didn’t know if I was going to play, how I was going to help, or what my role was going to be. It has been really different. I have been frustrated too.”

Despite coming from different places and having different roles for the team, there are actually more similarities between the two Taylors than differences.

“I think we are alike in the way that we are both competitive,” said Ford. “We both like to win, and we will do whatever it takes to do it.”

Gault added, “We are both competitive. We both get frustrated when we don’t do well or our team doesn’t. I think that is a good quality, that we are both competitive.”

This togetherness that has formed in the short amount of time has been part of the catalyst that propelled a 3-8 women’s basketball team to a second-straight championship and a chance to play at home in the NCAA tournament.

Before the ball tips against Delaware on Sunday afternoon, this duo will be getting each other and the team ready for the big dance. It started with the Sun Belt Tournament, and the noticeable on court interaction between the Taylors.

“I know that for us to win, we need to have Taylor Gault playing at her best,” said Ford. “It was her first tournament, and I just wanted to make sure she didn’t get lost in that game. I didn’t want her to feel like she has to do well, or she has to do all of this for us. I try to make her feel like this is just any other game and not to be nervous. I want her to know I am here for her and in her corner.”

Gault believes that Ford helps her more that she helps Ford.

“I think she helps me out more than anything,” said Gault. “Off the court, she is a cool person, and I feel like I can talk to her about anything. She is probably the closest person on the team to me. On the court, she helps me a lot too. During a game, she will come to me on the court and tell me to calm down and get it together.”

At such a young stage in their careers, the Taylors have made a mark on UALR women’s basketball history for today and the future.

To quote Pat Bradley, they are TNT. Just like their new nickname, the duo is explosive on the court and combines well off the court. The two were “Taylor” made for the UALR women’s basketball team. The future is endless for Taylor 1 and Taylor 2.


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