Women hope to continue winning streak into tourney
The Lady Trojans are down to its final games of the season as the Sun Belt Conference tournament is just a couple of weeks away and the team is hoping to ride one of the longest winning streaks of the season into the tournament. The Lady Trojans defeated Louisiana-Monroe in a 69-62 win Feb. 7 , which puts them in a second-place tie in the West Division with North Texas.
The Lady Trojans are now on a five-game winning streak and will play at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 13, at Arkansas State. The Lady Trojans are hoping that momentum will carry into the SBC tournament in just a couple of weeks. With an 8-6 record in the Sun Belt Conference, UALR has to win its remaining six games to win the West Division, including a season sweep against ASU and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Throughout the season, Coach Joe Foley has been mixing up his lineup to have a rotation of players contributing for each game. With freshman Shanity James and sophomore Ka’Nesheia Cobbins in the starting lineup at the guard and forward positions, the team has seen an improvement on defense, the offense has been more efficient and the bench has been more consistent and reliable.
Before going into the Feb. 13 contest against the Lady Red Wolves, the Lady Trojans must make note of key players Jane Morrill (14.6 points per game, 5.8 rebounds), Hanna Qedan (8.7 points per game, 4.5 rebounds) and Ashley Olvera (8.6 points per game, 4.0 assists). They also should keep an eye on other players such as Jalen O’Bannon (7.4 points per game, 3.0 rebounds), Quinishia McDowell (5.3 points per game, 3.0 rebounds) and Carlisha Wyatt (6.7 points per game, 6.0 rebounds).
When ASU lost to Middle Tennessee Feb. 6, Morrill was held to eights points in the game. Other players scored no more than five points in the game. Last season, the Lady Trojans swept Arkansas State in a 59-43 win at the Jack Stephens Center.
The Lady Trojans will also host conference-rival Middle Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. For that game, the Lady Blue Raiders brings in their including forward Ebony Rowe, who is averaging over 21 points per game. Rowe scored 35 points this season against UALR in a 65-56 win. UALR also have to look out for MTSU’s Kourtni Jones and Icelyn Elie, who are over 14 points a game. MTSU is currently sitting comfortably in first place with a 13-2 conference record. This will be one of the biggest match-ups of the season for UALR.