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Lady Trojans gain share of West

Submitted by Tony Lenahan on February 19, 2011 – 12:39 pmNo Comment

The Lady Trojans clinched a share of the Sun Belt Conference West division with a 55-52 victory over the Louisiana-Monroe Lady Warhawks Sunday, Feb. 13, in front of a crowd of 1,163 in Monroe, La. It was UALR’s 14th consecutive victory. The Trojans can clinch the outright West division title with their next win or a Denver loss.

Lady Trojan senior forward Chastity Reed shoots over Denver Lady Pioneer forward Kaetlyn Murdoch in the WBCA Pink Zone game Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Jack Stephens Center. Reed leads the Sun Belt Conference in scoring with an 18.6 point-per-game average for the season. A win will give UALR its fourth consecutive West title. Photo by Matt Johnson.

The Trojans (17-5, 11-0 SBC) led 15-5 with 14:41 left in the first half after a Marian Kursh layup, but ULM (13-13, 7-6 SBC) fought back to make it a 30-26 halftime lead for UALR. Kursh continued her solid play with 12 points and six rebounds.

Chastity Reed quelled her previous shooting woes scoring 18 points on 7-13 (54 percent) from the field to lead the Trojans. Reed shot 32 percent in her previous six games. Against ULM, she scored 14 points in the first half on 6-9 shooting. She was limited to 16 minutes for the game, getting into early foul trouble in the second half.

After leading 53-43 with just under a minute to play in the game, the Trojans tried to give the game away while shooting 4-12 free throws (17-35 for the game) and committing fouls that allowed the Warhawks to score without any time coming off the game clock. Warhawk forward Kassie Courtney made it a two-point ULM deficit with her second made free throw and :22 remaining. A missed layup by Priscilla Mbiandja with :14 left sealed the Trojan win.

Trojan senior Asriel Rolfe scored 12 points and had three assists while teammate  Shanika Butler had seven steals. Freshman Hannah Fohne had eight rebounds to lead UALR. Mbiandja led ULM with 16 points.

The Trojans return home to face Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Jack Stephens Center.

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