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Date Posted: Sun, February 20 2005, 13:14:31
Author: 87
Subject: Re: Lady Mavs Lose by 59-47 to ULM
In reply to: FoUTASportscaster 's message, "Re: Lady Mavs Lose by 59-47 to ULM" on Sun, February 20 2005, 11:46:43

Hope they don't collapse like last year........

Lady Indians just make it look easy
ULM keeps rolling past SLC opponents

By Paul J. Letlow

Margaret Croft/The News-Star

ULM's LaJeanna Howard, left, fought the flu and Texas-Arlington players Saturday as the Lady Indians won by 12.

The Louisiana-Monroe Lady Indians took the toughest leg of their schedule and turned it on its ear.

Nina Randle scored 17 points with 10 rebounds Saturday as ULM toppled first-place Texas-Arlington 59-47 at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

"Defensively, that's where we won the game," ULM coach Mona Martin said. "When you can hold the No. 1 team in the conference to 47 points, you'll win a lot of ballgames."

Winner of seven in a row, ULM in succession on the road beat third-place Northwestern State last Saturday and second-place Texas State on Wednesday. The Lady Indians (16-7, 9-3) completed their tour of the Southland Conference's best teams with UTA (15-8, 10-2), moving within one game of first place with the victory.

"It feels real good," Randle said after posting her second double-double of the year. "It makes us feel we have a chance to win the conference."

Michelle Biley added 11 points for a ULM team that outscored UTA 36-22 in the second half.

"We wanted to come in and beat them," Biley said. "As close as we are to first, we want to win the conference."

ULM won despite a flu bug that had several players darting for the locker room during the intense contest. Guards Gerline Guillaume, Stephanie Williams, LaJeanna Howard and post Nedra Winston were among those under the weather.

"We had IVs in their arms before the game," Martin said.

ULM's winning game plan included a 59-47 edge on the boards as Aishie Banks grabbed nine rebounds and Winston had eight.

"They dominated the boards," UTA coach Donna Capps said. "That was a big key."

ULM also made 16-of-26 free throws while UTA was 6-of-9 from the line. When UTA beat ULM 58-44 in Arlington on Jan. 22, the Mavs hit 15-of-18 free throws compared to 8-of-19 by the Lady Indians.

Randle scored 14 points in the second half as ULM picked up its offensive pace after a slow start. ULM made up for its early cold spell by shooting 55 percent in the second half while holding UTA to 28 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes. ULM shot 45.7 percent overall while holding UTA to 31 percent shooting.

The Lady Indians trailed UTA by 11 points with 2:58 left in the first half but closed the gap to 25-23 with a 9-2 run. ULM overcame a miserable start as the team missed 14 of its first 18 shots with eight turnovers in the opening 14 minutes.

"It started out kind of bleak," Martin said. "We had nine points with seven minutes left in the first half. We went on that run. I thought Stephanie was a spark for us in the first half."

UTA held the lead for the last time at 35-34 with 15:21 remaining before Randle took charge. Attacking the basket off the dribble, Randle scored 10 of ULM's next 11 points during an 11-2 run. Randle made two baskets and six free throws during the spree.

"We had to pick it up the second half," Randle said. "We came out sluggish in the first half, but we knew we had to win."

The Mavs had just four turnovers at halftime but made 12 in the second half. Forward Rola Ogunoye scored 16 points to pace UTA. Guard Terra Wallace scored 15 on 5-of-20 shooting.

Loose balls: The Lady Indians outscored UTA 14-2 on fastbreak points. ... ULM has held six SLC opponents under 50 points. ... The Lady Indians are 8-1 at home this season and 5-1 in SLC games at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. ... ULM's bench outscored UTA's 13-2 in the first half and 17-4 in the game. Eight different Lady Indians scored in the first half. ... The Lady Indians return to action Thursday night with a visit from Sam Houston State. The home contest tips at 5:30 p.m.

Originally published February 20, 2005

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