Homecoming Queen Aqa-uia “Quay” Allen-Smith was all smiles after being crowned during halftime of the Trojan men’s basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 26.
Homecoming Queen Quay Allen-Smith
Allen-Smith, a business marketing major and a graduate of Conway High School, waved to the crowd at Jack Stephens Center for the last home basketball game of the season for the Trojans.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta and has served for the last two years as a resident assistant in West Hall.
The 2015 UALR Homecoming Court consists of Queen Allen-Smith, Lauren McNeaill, Maija Jones, Nora Bouzihay, and Shante Ford.
Homecoming included a great show by the UALR Trojan men’s basketball team, which upset Georgia State in a 92-83 victory on Senior Night and saw UALR seniors Ben Dillard and Gus Leeper honored in a pre-game ceremony.
The game was Dillard’s 120th, matching him with only two others for first place on the Trojans’ career games played list. Leeper is the last remaining member from UALR’s 2011 Sun Belt Tournament title and NCAA Tournament bid.
The women’s team also picked up a win against George State and finished home conference play undefeated for the second year in a row. The senior women’s players were recognized and include Ka’Neisheia Collins, Taylor Gault, and Kierra Clark.
Taylor Gault delivered a stellar performance this season, helping propel the women’s team to a regular-season conference championship.
The women followed that upset by defeating the University of Texas-Arlington on Feb. 28, earning the Sun Belt regular-season championship outright for the first time in school history and securing the conference tournament’s top seed.
First Bank and Trust in New Orleans is offering free fan buses to the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship, which begins Wednesday, March 11. Space is limited to 50 people, and those riding must book a room in the vicinity of the team hotel.
For more information or to reserve your place on the bus, contact Sandy Burks at 501.569.3464 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Men’s are available through the UALR ticket office by calling 501.565.UALR(8257).
In conjunction with homecoming festivities, the Office of Campus Life held its annual Homecoming Cardboard Regatta in the Donaghey Student Center Aquatic Center on March 2.
The winners of the race were:
• Pride of the Regatta, Delta Chi
• Team Spirit Award, Pi Kappa Alpha
• Titanic Award, UALR East Club
• Best Dressed Team, Biology Club: HMS Beagle 3
Onlookers cheer competitors in the annual Cardboard Regatta.