Lady Trojans trail FIU in 55-53 loss
The Lady Trojans fell short to Florida International University in a 55-53 loss Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Jack Stephens Center, leaving the team with four losses in the last five games.
UALR couldn’t stop the performance of FIU’s Jerica Coley, who leads the Sun Belt Conference in scoring at 23.8 points per game. She finished with a game-high 37 points, leading the Golden Panthers to victory. Other players on the FIU roster scored no more than six points each in the game.
The Lady Trojans jumped out to an early 4-2 lead, which would be their only lead of the first half, with 18:32 remaining at the half. But FIU went on a 15-5 run to lead 17-9 over UALR.
At the 6:05 mark, Taylor Ford hit a lay up to cut the margin to nine, 24-15.
UALR fought to trail FIU within seven points before halftime.
After trailing 32-25 at halftime, the Lady Trojans started the second half with an 8-4 run cutting FIU’s lead to one point, making the score 34-33.
Janette Merriex hit her second three pointer to tie the game at 36 with 14:22 to go in the game.
Coley scored FIU’s next ten points to put her team back in the lead, 46-42.
With FIU leading the game by three points (52-49), a foul by a Florida International player and a technical foul from the FIU head coach sent Taylor Gault, who finished with 23 points, to the free-throw line.
Gault hit all five free throws to put UALR in its first lead of the second half (53-52).
With less than one minute remaining in the game, Coley sealed the game for FIU with a jump shot and a free throw to claim the victory against UALR. FIU is now 4-3 in the SBC.
The Lady Trojans were 15-for-18 (83 percent) from the free throw line. The team also won the rebounding battle 37-28.
Carolee Dillard was in double-figures with a career-high 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Merriex fouled out of the game with 10 points.
The Lady Trojans are now 4-4 in Sun Belt Conference play and 10-6 on the season.
The team will travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to face Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.