UALR Women's Hoops Downs Troy for Third Straight Win

UALR Women's Hoops Downs Troy for Third Straight Win

In a battle between the Sun Belt Conference’s top defense and top offense, the UALR women’s basketball team held down Troy’s explosive offense to win 69-52 in the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday night.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - In a battle between the Sun Belt Conference’s top defense and top offense, the UALR women’s basketball team held down Troy’s explosive offense to win 69-52 in the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday night.

Junior Taylor Gault posted 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Her 23 points marked the third consecutive game with at least 20 for the guard. She is averaging 23.3 points in her last three outings.

UALR (8-6, 3-1 SBC) is now 12-0 against Troy (4-11, 0-4) all-time dating back to the teams’ first meeting in 2006. UALR also improved to 6-1 at home this season.

Offense was hard to come by early in the first half, but Gault changed that in a hurry. With the game tied at 2-2, Gault hit a jumper to break the tie. On the next possession she found Sharde' Collins on the wing for a 3-pointer and 30 seconds later added another bucket to give her team a 9-2 lead.

After Troy got its first field goal of the game, UALR got out in the open floor and converted four straight layups to push its lead to 17-4. From there the visiting Trojans never got the deficit lower than eight points, and UALR held a double-digit lead for most of the second half.

UALR saw many milestones and personal bests reached in the win. Senior Hannah Fohne appeared in her 100th career game in her UALR career while scoring two points and blocking three shots. The senior is now just seven blocks away from the school’s all-time record.

Collins set one new career best and tied two others in the game. The freshman’s 10 points were the most she has scored in a game while her three assists and five rebounds equaled previous highs. Gault also tied a career high with seven rebounds.

Senior Taylor Ford racked up 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sophomore Shanity James scored 10 points to go along with seven rebounds. Kiera Clark pulled down 13 boards and chipped in with eight points.

But it was the UALR defense that did the job most of the game. Troy entered Saturday averaging 81.9 points per game – 21st in the nation – but the league’s best defense held the visitors nearly 30 points below that average. The home Trojans outshot their visitors 41.5 percent to 31.6 percent as Troy hit just 3 of 16 from beyond the arc.

Saturday was the eighth straight game in which the UALR defense held its opponents under 60 points. Troy’s 52 points is also its lowest scoring total for the season by 12.

UALR will look to extend its season-best three-game winning streak when it travels to Western Kentucky to play the Hilltoppers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. WKU is 10-4 overall this season with a 2-1 record in SBC play.
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