LITTLE ROCK, AR – Four Trojans would finish in double figures as they grabbed an extremely important 76-72 win over the visiting Troy Trojans. Little Rock used an incredible three-minute stretch in the fourth quarter to pull away in late in the game and keep their hold of first place in the Sun Belt Conference
Ronjanae DeGray led the way with 19 points while Terrion Moore put in yet another great performance with 16 points of her own. Kyra Collier found her rhythm late in the fourth quarter to notch 16 points and eight rebounds and Tori Lasker hit some clutch threes down the stretch to tally a total of 14 points.
Troy brought the full court pressure from the tip and forced five Little Rock turnovers before the first media timeout in the first quarter. The host Trojans made three of their first five shots from the field, but the extra possessions gave Troy an early advantage. Ro. DeGray got things started for Little Rock on the offensive end with a couple baskets and two free throws, but Troy would take a 17-14 lead at the end of the first ten minutes.
The visiting Trojans started the second quarter on a 6-0 run to push their lead to nine points. However, a Collier three-pointer breathed some life into the Little Rock offense right before the media time out. Troy led by as many as 10 in the second quarter but three consecutive layups from Moore cut the lead to just four when the halftime whistle was blown. After a hotly contested first half, Troy led 31-27.
A three-point play from Moore got things started for the Trojans in the second half. Kystan Vornes followed that with a three-point play of her own to bring Little Rock within one, and then two Lasker free throws gave the Trojans their first lead since the 9:23 mark in the first quarter. Vornes would continue her excellent third quarter with another layup and two free throws to contribute seven points to the cause. A fadeaway jumper from Ro. DeGray shifted the momentum in favor of the hosts heading into the final 10 minutes, taking a 48-46 lead.
Lasker hit back-to-back threes to give the Trojans a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but Troy would immediately respond with a three to make the margin four points. The teams would trade baskets as Little Rock would retain a 60-56 lead at the media time out in the final period. Three-point plays would be the theme of the night as Collier finished off an acrobatic layup with contact to bring the Trojan lead to 10 points and all but seal the victory for Little Rock. The Trojans would make five of their last seven field goals and put together a 7-0 run in the game-deciding final three minutes. Troy went on a 6-0 run in the final minute and cut the lead to just two points, but Little Rock would hang on for the 76-72 win.
The Trojans will return to the Jack Stephens Center on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. to host South Alabama in another Sun Belt Conference matchup.