Lady Red Wolves lose battle against UALR Trojans
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 17:03
The women’s basketball team couldn’t clinch the win after a roller coaster game against UALR Saturday night in Little Rock, ending in a score of 58-50.
After the Trojans jumped to an early 14-4 lead, the Lady Red Wolves slowly went on a 12-3 point run narrowing the gap to 17-16. Capping the run was a defensive steal by freshman Sandy Jackson, which led senior Ashley Olvera to an unchallenged lay-up bringing the Lady Red Wolves within one point of the Trojans.
Olvera led the team with 12 points, followed by freshman Jalen O’Bannon’s 11 points, 6 of which were scored in the second half. Sophomore Hanna Qedan rallied the team in the second half with two steals and scoring all 10 of her points in the last 20 minutes.
The Lady Red Wolves finished with 31 rebounds, including 21 on the defensive glass.
“I was pleased certainly with the effort tonight. We did a much better job rebounding, which was the downfall against them at our place,” head coach Brian Boyer said. “This game came down to one huge stat that cost us the game, and that was our turnovers.”
The team went on offensive spurts, but couldn’t keep the consistency throughout the game.
“We get stagnant in our offense…when the ball’s not moving, we’re not at our best,” junior Jane Morrill said.
Morrill agreed that the amount of turnovers cost them the game, but remains hopeful for the upcoming games.
“I think that we’ve already shown that we can rebound and overcome adversity in these situations,” Morrill added.
UALR started the second half with a 10-4 run, leading 37-27. A-State shortened the lead to 42-41 after Morrill knocked down a jumper following a Trojan turnover.
The Lady Red Wolves took their first lead of the game in the second half after an Olvera layup, but couldn’t manage to keep the lead after UALR scored on their next possession.
They were unable to recapture the lead, causing them to fall in the end by eight points.
“We need to build on some of the good things,” Boyer said. “We’ve had two losses this week, but we’re still playing good basketball. We just need to correct some things going into next weekend.”