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by: Wess Moore
LITTLE ROCK, AR – For the first time this season, five Trojans finished in double figures in Little Rock’s 80-51 win over Georgia Southern Thursday morning inside the Jack Stephens Center. This was the team’s largest margin of victory of the season and the first time they have scored 80 points in a game since last year’s contest against the Eagles.
Kyra Collier led the way with her first 20-point game since Jan. 12, scoring 21 points on 9-15 shooting while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists. Tori Lasker was excellent from the point guard position, notching her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. The sophomore guard knocked down four of her eight three-point attempts, matching her season high. Terrion Moore tallied 11 points and four rebounds on the day while sisters Ronjanae DeGray and Raeyana DeGray each racked up 10 points.
The Trojans started the game on a quick 8-0 run and forced a Georgia Southern timeout right out of the gate. Teal Battle earned the start and scored two driving layups to begin her night offensively. A three-point play from Moore in the opening period helped propel Little Rock in the early minutes. After a short surge from the Eagles, Lasker knocked down her first three of the day to push the Trojan lead to eight points. Little Rock would shoot 61.5 percent in the first ten minutes to jump out to a 19-13 lead.
Sydney Chastain began the scoring in the second period with triple from the wing to extend the Trojan advantage. Little Rock would make four of their next five field goals while holding Georgia Southern scoreless for over three minutes. Lasker would make a layup to reach double figures and give the Trojans some breathing room before the halftime whistle. The Eagles would close the half by making four of their last five field goals to close the gap, but the Trojans shot 56 percent from the floor and take a 39-28 lead going into break.
Moore hit a scoop layup to reach double figures with her first basket in the second half. After a solid stretch of play for the Trojans resulting in a 15-point lead, the Eagles were forced to call a timeout. Lakser’s third three of the night continued the solid run of play for Little Rock. The Trojans used a 13-3 run in the third quarter to make the score 54-33 with just over two minutes left. Little Rock found their rhythm heading into the final period as they made four out of five fields to take a commanding 60-37 lead.
Little Rock broke the game open in the fourth quarter and led by as many as 32. Lasker made her fourth three of the night to reach 16 points on the day. The Trojans would cruise to a 80-51 win after out-scoring the Eagles 20-14 in the final ten minutes.
The Trojans will be back at the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday, March 2 to host Georgia State at 2 p.m.