Lady Trojans stumble in home opener
Senior forward Janette Merriex hit a barrage of three pointers down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough as Missouri State handed the Lady Trojans a 78-68 loss at the Jack Stephens Center on Thursday Nov. 15.
Merriex was six-for-ten from the three-point line and finished with 18 points. She led the team in scoring for the game.
Although the team came up short, Merriex said she thought the team lacked tenacity down the stretch. “We still had a chance to get in it,” Merriex said. “All we had to do was just focus and try to get stops. A lot can happen within three minutes.”
UALR led 19-15 with 11:45 in the game after a layup by sophomore guard Ka’Nesheia Cobbins. The game was tied at 25 after Cobbins made a free throw from the foul line.
There were eleven instances in which the score was tied during the first half, including the halftime score that left the two teams gridlocked at 42 each.
Sophomore guard Taylor Gault started the second half on a jumper to put the Lady Trojans ahead by two points.
The game was tied at 49 after sophomore forward Kiera Clark made a layup. This was the last time UALR would see the score tied. After Clark’s layup, Missouri State went on a 20-6 run to go ahead by 14 points.
With the Lady Bears leading 74-57 with 6:12 to go, UALR responded to Missouri State with an 11-4 run to cut the deficit to ten.
The late run by the Lady Trojans was not enough to get by Missouri State as they held on for a 78-68 victory.
After the game, Gault spoke about the shooting woes the team experienced throughout the game. “We just couldn’t make shots,” Gault said. “We just broke down offensively and defensively. You got to put buckets in the hole to win and you got to stop defensively.”
Gault finished the game with 16 points on 8-for-19 shooting.
Junior guard Taylor Ford chipped in 10 points and handed out a game-high six assists. Junior forward Hannah Fohne grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with her five points.
The Lady Trojans will play in their second road game of the season at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, against Southern Methodist in the Moody Coliseum in Dallas.