Feb. 2, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington Mavericks dropped a Western Athletic Conference game at College Park Center against Louisiana Tech on Saturday. The 78-62 loss leaves the Mavs at 1-9 in the WAC and 3-17 overall this season.
For the third consecutive game, the Mavericks tried to recover from a double-digit deficit. The Lady Techsters led by as many as 31 points. Saturday marked the ninth consecutive loss for UTA, which remains winless at home on the season.
Desherra Nwanguma had her fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game as she led the Mavericks with 15 points, while Chauntandra Williams added 14, her first time in double-digits this season. Aron Garcia had a team-high eight rebounds.
“We had some good looks, but we just didn’t knock down shots,” UTA coach Samantha Morrow said. “I wish I could say that missing shots doesn’t affect you on the other end of the court, it shouldn’t, but we wanted to win so bad we started forcing things.”
An 11-0 run for the Lady Techsters to start the game put the Mavericks in an early hole. The Mavs had a strong first half in the paint, with 12 of their 19 points coming from down low. Nwanguma led the way for UTA in the first half in points with nine, while Garcia had a team-high six rebounds. Laila Suleiman was the only Mav to make a shot from beyond the arc in the first half. Louisiana Tech led 36-19 at the break.
The Lady Techsters opened up the second half with a 21-7 run. Williams was able to stop the surge by drawing a blocking foul and capitalizing on both free throws. UT Arlington was able to close a 31-point gap to 16, but the effort fell short as Louisiana Tech took the game. Lulu Perry led the way for the Lady Techsters with 21 points, tying her career-high.
The women’s basketball team returns to WAC action Thursday, Feb. 7 against Texas State in San Marcos at 6:30 p.m. The road trip continues for the Mavericks as they face UTSA on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6:00 p.m.
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