Lady Trojans roll past Southern Mississippi
The Lady Trojans expanded its winning streak to six after beating Southern Mississippi 64-45 on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Jack Stephens Center.
UALR is now 7-1 on the season and holds a 2-0 mark in the Sun Belt Conference.
Joe Foley, head coach of the UALR women’s basketball team, praised his team for keeping constant pressure on the Southern Miss ball handlers. “I think we did a very good job defensively against their guards,” Foley said.
Sophomore guard Taylor Gault scored nine points in the first half and finished the game with 17 points to lead UALR. She was 7-for-23 (30 percent) in the game.
“I thought we wore them down a little bit in the second half and kind of took over and set the pace,” said Coach Foley.
The Lady Trojans took a 36-22 lead before halftime.
The Golden Eagles cut the score to six (38-32) to open the second half after three players scored on layups and free throws.
Foley was quick to point out that he was impressed with Souther Miss’s Jamierra Faulkner, who finished with 25 points and three steals against the Lady Trojans. “Number 1 [Faulkner] is pretty tough, Number 1 is a good ball player,” Foley said. “She makes a lot of things happen for them.”
Southern Miss’s Jerontay Clemons and Tanecka Carey both started the game for the Golden Eagles, but were held to eight and six points respectively.
UALR had it’s highest lead in the second half, 21 points (64-43), after senior forward Janette Merriex scored on a jumper with over a minute left in the game.
The Lady Trojans lead throughout the entire game and never showed signs of letting the Golden Eagles get back into the game.
Junior guard Taylor Ford scored 12 points, ten of them coming in the first half. Merriex had 11 points in the win. Sophomore guard Ka’Nesheia Cobbins chipped in with eights points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Hannah Fohne led the Lady Trojans with 11 rebounds in the game.
The Lady Trojans will be on the road Friday, Dec. 7, to play against the University of Memphis at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.