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UALR tops first place women's hoops

By Randall Sharp
On March 3, 2014

It was a heartbreaking Saturday for Red Wolves basketball, starting with women’s hoops that came up short in their effort against in-state rival Arkansas-Little Rock in a 64-55 loss.

This game was a grind from start to finish, and UALR (15-11, 10-6 Sun Belt) dominated A-State (18-10, 12-4 Sun Belt) in the first half, outscoring them 18-8 in the paint.

UALR’s defense was stifling, holding A-State to 35 percent shooting for the half.

The Red Wolves were not able to lock down their defense, and UALR had a commanding 34-23 by halftime.

In the second half A-State exploded with a 12-4 run that closed the gap to 38-35 with 14:35 left in regulation.

The Trojans punched back going on a 9-2 run, and increased their lead to 10 (47-37) with 10 minutes left in the second half.

The Lady Red Wolves attempted to grind their way back into the game but the lack of defensive effort proved to be too much to overcome as the Lady Trojans held on their lead.

“Little Rock came out and hit us pretty hard in the first half on both ends of the floor and it just felt like we were in a battle all night,” Head Coach Brian Boyer said in a press release.

“We struggled offensively early on and we couldn’t find any type of consistency on the offensive end and as a result it put us behind on the defensive end.”

Offense was a struggle for the Red Wolves, who shot 43 percent (20-47) from the field and 30 percent (3-10) from the three-point land. The Lady Trojans shot the ball very efficiently, with 57 percent (25-44) shooting from the field.

“It was a tough loss but we can learn from it and get better,” said freshman guard Jamie Ruffins.

Senior forward Jane Morrill led the Lady Red Wolves with 16 points on 7-12 shooting and sophomore guard Aundrea Gamble pitched in 13 points on 4-9 shooting.

UALR’s sophomore forward Shanity James scored 19 points on 70 percent shooting (7-10). Senior guard Taylor Ford also chipped in with 15 points.

Despite the loss A-State still remains in first place in conference play and can win the conference outright with two victories in their final two contests.

Arkansas State hits the floor at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Convocation Center against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

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