Lady Trojans’ strong second half nets fourth straight win
Two teams heading in different directions met and then continued on their respective paths Saturday evening as the UALR Lady Trojans defeated the UT Arlington Lady Mavericks 69-60 Saturday Feb. 22 at the Jack Stephens Center.
It was the fourth consecutive win for the Lady Trojans and the fourth loss in a row for the Lady Mavericks. The win improved the Lady Trojans record to 14-10 overall and, perhaps more importantly ,gave them a three-way tie for second place in the SBC conference with a 9-5 record.
The Lady Mavericks led most of the game, but the Lady Trojans played steady in the second half, chipping away at the lead which was as much as 11 points in the first half. The Lady Trojans finally took the lead with about seven minutes left in the game. The final lead of nine points was the largest of the game for Lady Trojans.
Junior Taylor Gault pumped in a season-high 29 points to lead the Lady Trojans, junior Kiera Clark added 13 points and 7 rebounds and sophomore Shanity James had 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Gault also led the team with six steals and four assists as she effected both ends of the floor and kept her teammates engaged. The team is better when that happens according to Clark.
“When [Gault] gets everybody involved, we feed off of that. We just click,” Clark said. The win was not a perfect game for the Lady Trojans, which UALR women’s basketball head coach Joe Foley acknowledged during his post-game press conference.
“Hopefully we learned a lesson and still won the ball game- that’s always a plus if you can do that. But as far as everything being good just ’cause you won, everything wasn’t that good,” Foley said.
“The first half we kind of struggled defensively,” Clark admitted. The Lady Trojans allowed the Lady Mavericks to shoot 52.4 percent from the field in the first half, which included giving up five three-pointers, resulting in a 37-30 halftime deficit for the Lady Trojans.
The team has four regular season games remaining before the Sun Belt Tournament, including tonight’s game against Troy, the final road game of the season. The team’s final three games will be played at the Jack Stephens Center.