|Updated: 11/18/2011 11:16 am
||Published: 11/18/2011 8:36 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The UALR women’s basketball team lost to No. 6 Texas A&M 83-54 Thursday night at The Jack Stephens Center. The Trojans fall to 1-2 overall as the team hosted the highest ranked opponent at home.
“You are always disappointed when you get beat, but still it’s one of those situations where we were looking for some things like if we could execute and get some good shots,” said head coach Joe Foley. “I thought we started the game and did a very good job of getting looks. The momentum killer was when we missed some shots inside.”
Taylor Gault led all scorers with a career-high 23 points going 8-of-17 from the floor, 2-of-4 from the three-point line, and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. She also led the team with six rebounds.
Janette Merriex recorded 13 points including three three-pointers, while Taylor Ford led the team with five assists.
The Aggies had five players in double-digit with Kelsey Bone leading the team with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Texas A&M (3-0) won the tip and scored the first basket on a jumper, before a three-pointer by Gault gave UALR the lead. Both teams exchanged points, before another three by Gault put the Trojans up 9-6 with 16:36 on the clock.
Over the next two minutes, the Aggies outscored the Trojans eight to four with all of UALR’s points coming from Gault. Five-straight UALR turnovers allowed Texas A&M to score six points and take a 20-13 advantage with 12:09 until the half.
After back-to-back baskets by Sydney Carter for the Aggies, Merriex scored the Trojans’ first points in six minutes to cut the Texas A&M lead to 24-15. UALR missed two free throws, before a layup by Adaora Elonu sparked a 9-0 run by Texas A&M to lead 34-15 at the 4:25 mark.
Marian Kursh scored UALR’s first points in five minutes with a layup and one with 3:51 until the half. In the remaining 3:32, the Aggies outscored UALR 13-3 for the 45-23 half-time edge.
UALR opened the second half on a 5-0 run including a three-pointer by Merriex to bring the score to 45-28 in Texas A&M’s favor.
Over the next four minutes, the Aggies scored 15 points to UALR’s 6 all from Gault to bring the lead to 60-34 at the 12:50 mark.
With 9:48 remaining, a jumper by Gault followed by a layup by Kursh from Hannah Fohne brought the Aggie lead to 64-42.
Two steals and fast break layups by Texas A&M within a minute stretched the lead to 76-47. In the remaining 2:09, UALR scored six points to the Aggies five including a three-pointer by Merriex as Texas A&M won 83-54.
UALR continues non-conference action on Tuesday, November 22 as the Trojans travel to Ruston, La. to face Louisiana Tech. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.