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Underclassmen to the rescue; Trojans down Owls

Submitted by Matt Johnson on November 25, 2012 – 5:14 amNo Comment

Freshman Shanity James led UALR with a career-high 20 points, lifting the Trojans to a commanding 76-48 victory of the Rice University Owls on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Jack Stephens Center. Photo courtesy of EMJ Fotografi

The Lady Trojans held the Rice University Owls to just 13 field goals en route to a 76-48 dismantling on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Jack Stephens Center. 

Shanity James, a St. Louis native, had a career-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field for the Trojans.

Sophomore phenom Taylor Gault struggled from the field, scoring just 11 points on 3-0f-9 shooting.

Along with James, sophomore Kiera Clark helped to pick up the slack, scoring eight of the team’s first 10 points. She finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.

With the game tied at 21 and five minutes remaining in the first half, the Owls proceeded to commit six turnovers before heading into the locker room for intermission. UALR took advantage of the mistakes and finished the half with a 10-1 run and a nine-point lead.

Rice committed 13 total turnovers in the game and the Trojans capitalized on nearly every opportunity, scoring 25 points off of Rice turnovers.

UALR’s defensive momentum carried into the second half and so did the team’s red-hot shooting from the field.

The Trojans shot 18-of-36 (50%) from the field in the second half, while Rice only managed to shoot 5-of-26(19.2%) from the field.

The Owls would shrink the lead to 15 at the 15:20 mark, but could not get any closer. With the score 49-36 at the 11:31 mark, the Trojans would use a 19-0 run to put the game away.

The Trojans open Sun Belt Conference play against Troy on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Jack Stephens Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:15 p.m.

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