Practice begins, Reed named to another preseason list
After their best season to date, the UALR women’s basketball team started official practice
this past Thursday, Oct. 7. The Lady Trojans made the NCAA Tournament for the first time last year and defeated Georgia Tech 63-53 in the opening round before losing to Oklahoma in the second round.
UALR started last season with a 5-5 record before winning 21 games in a row.
The team lost to Middle Tennessee in the Sun Belt Championship game to end the streak. The Lady Trojans received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, despite the fact that they are a mid-major team. It is a testament to how good the team was viewed last season. They finished the year 27-7 overall and 19-2 against the Sun Belt Conference, including the conference tournament.
The Lady Trojans return with three seniors Shanika Butler, Asriel Rolfe and Chastity Reed. Rolfe led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.98/1 and Reed was fourth in the nation in scoring with a 24.8 point per game average. Reed scored a season high 43 points against Sun Belt Conference for New Orleans, which is also her hometown. She was named to the preseason Wade Watch list for player of the year in August, and was recently listed as a John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 List finalist. She is the only player in the Sun Belt Conference named to the Wooden Award list.
The team has a tough non-conference schedule to begin the year. The Trojans play their second game of the year against Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Last year, Texas A&M held the No. 11 team power ranking (TPR) in the nation. In December, UALR also faces Oklahoma St., who had a No. 21 TPR last year, in Stillwater, Okla. The Lady Trojans had a TPR of 31 last year, and begin the season at home against Davidson on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.