|Updated: 11/30/2011 8:46 am
||Published: 11/29/2011 9:28 pm
SPRINGFIELD, MO - The UALR women’s basketball team dropped the team’s fourth contest of the season as the Trojans lost 73-50 at Missouri State Tuesday. The Trojans fall to 2-4 on the season.
Marian Kursh led the team in points with 13 and in rebounds with eight, while Megan Williams tied her career-high with eight points. Hannah Fohne contributed seven points and six boards in the loss.
In the first half, the Trojans gave up the most points all season to their opponents while allowing five three-pointers by the Lady Bears.
UALR opened the half with a layup by Megan Williams, before Missouri State answered with ten straight points including eight from Jaleshia Robertson for the lead at the 16:45 mark.
Gault scored on a jumper and one for the Trojans, before a jumper by the Lady Bears sparked a 6-0 run including four points off of UALR turnovers giving MSU the 16-5 edge with 14:35 until the half.
Over the next three minutes, Missouri State outscored the Trojans 8-2 with UALR’s only field goal from Megan Williams for the 24-7 lead.
After three points by UALR, the Lady Bears scored ten points to the Trojans’ one including two three-pointers to extend the advantage to 34-11 at the 7:13 mark.
Both teams exchanged points, before a layup by Fohne from Kursh with 3:48 until the half cut the MSU lead to 40-21.
In the remaining 2:54, the Lady Bears held the Trojans scoreless while knocking down six points to bring the half-time lead to 46-21.
Missouri State opened the second half on a 6-1 run with UALR’s only point coming from a free throw by Kursh. The Trojans scored the team’s first field goal at the 16:07 mark on a layup by Kursh sparking an 11-0 run including back-to- back layups by Megan Williams to cut the Lady Bear lead to 52-33.
Over the next three and a half minutes, UALR outscored MSU eight to four including back-to-back three-pointer by Janette Merriex to bring the Lady Bear advantage to 56-41 with 6:59 remaining.
After free throws by MSU, a layup and one by Kursh and a jumper by Taylor Ford cut the Lady Bear lead to 59-46 with 4:54 on the clock.
In the remaining 4:41, Missouri State outscored UALR 14-4 with the Trojans’ points coming from a three-pointer by Merriex and a free throw by Fohne as the Lady Bears win 73-50.
UALR continues non-conference action on Saturday as the Trojans host Southern Miss. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. at The Jack Stephen Center.