Feb. 6, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington won its second consecutive Sun Belt Conference game by overwhelming UL Lafayette 73-54 Thursday afternoon at College Park Center.
The Mavericks improved to 3-18 on the season and 2-8 in the Sun Belt. The back-to-back victories are a first for UT Arlington since late in the 2009-10 season.
"I'm proud of the team and proud for them," UT Arlington coach Krista Gerlich said. "They deserve this. We've been building confidence and putting it all together and we really clicked on the defensive end today."
The Rajin' Cajuns dropped to 10-11 overall and 3-7 in conference. UL Lafayette has dropped its last six games.
Senior center Desherra Nwanguma scored a career-high 34 points, while picking up her sixth double-double of the season by grabbing 13 rebounds. Nwanguma knocked down 13 of 17 shots and 8 of 9 free throws. She also blocked three shots.
Nwanguma scored three of the Mavericks' first four baskets to open the game. UT Arlington went on an 11-2 run during the middle of the first half, but ULL answered with a 12-2 run to tie the game 22-22.
ULL's Kia Wilridge forced a turnover and grabbed a layup, giving the Rajin' Cajuns their first lead of the game at 29-28. UT Arlington finished the first half shooting 52.2 percent from the floor to take a 32-31 lead into the locker room.
Senior guard Malaika Green made back-to-back 3-pointers at the start if the second half and the Mavericks continued with a 10-3 run. The Maverick led by as many as 16 points and shot 56.3 percent from the floor throughout the game.
The Mavericks have six days off before they travel to Monroe, Louisiana to face UL-Monroe on Wednesday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum at 7 p.m.