LAFAYETTE, LA – After four consecutive losses on the road, the UALR women’s basketball team finally broke the streak Wednesday night at Louisiana.
Kiera Clark was the team’s high scorer with 14 points and had eight rebounds, while Collins tied her career high with 10 points and Keys added 10 of her own to break her previous career high by one. Collins was 5 of 6 from the field while contributing three assists and two rebounds.
UALR (12-10, 7-5 Sun Belt Conference) had not won a road game since Jan. 4 at UT Arlington, but it never trailed against Louisiana (10-13, 3-9) after the game’s first 30 seconds. The Trojans led by at least five points for the entire second half, though the Cajuns threatened a bit with 3-pointers including one at the final buzzer to make it a six-point victory instead of nine.
The win was UALR’s third straight against the Ragin’ Cajuns and swept the regular-season series from them this year. The Trojans have now won six of their last seven games in the Cajun Dome.
At the start of the second half, the Trojans got a fast-break layup from Taylor Gault that looked as though it was going to break the half open. But the offense slowed after that, and two 3-pointers from the Cajuns in the first 10 minutes kept the home team within five points.
With 10 minutes left, UALR finally earned a comfortable lead for good. Baskets by Clark, Fohne and Keys put the Trojans back ahead by double digits. A 3-pointer from Louisiana’s Sylvana Okde briefly put the home team within eight again, but a Fohne layup with six minutes to play made it a 10-point game.
The lead did not drop below seven again until the last minute when the outcome was no longer in question. UALR led by as many as 12 points with 2:32 to go when James scored her 10th point of the night.
Things were stickier for the Trojans in the first half. With the contest tied at 14-14 at the period’s midpoint, the Trojans went on a 10-0 run that took up more than five minutes. Clark and Collins scored four points each in that span as the UALR defense did not allow the Cajuns to take uncontested shots.
The Trojans went up 11 at 29-18 with 90 seconds to go in the period, but five consecutive points by Louisiana cut the lead to six at halftime.
With one win in The Bayou State behind them, the Trojans stay in Louisiana for the next three days before taking on ULM on Saturday at noon looking for a road trip sweep.