SE LOUISIANA ENDS MAVERICKS WIN STREAK WITH 82-74 VICTORY
Feb. 19, 2009
Arlington, Texas - When it seemed like the UT Arlington Mavericks had total control of the Southland Conference, Southeastern Louisiana entered Texas Hall on Wednesday night and made sure that it wasn't going to be that easy, as they handed UTA their first loss at home with an 82-74 setback.
The loss drops the Mavericks to 15-9 overall and ties them once again with UTSA at 9-2 in conference action.
"We had a horrible practice Monday and Tuesday and we preached to them that it was going to bite them and it did," said head women's basketball Samantha Morrow. "We have to come out and perform every night and we didn't do that. Tonight on our home court, SE Louisiana took it to us and they wanted it a whole lot more."
The win by the Lady Lions broke a 10 game losing skid against the Mavs and was the first victory since February 3, 2001 in Hammond, La.
After the fifth tie in the first half at 10-10, the Mavericks led by as many as seven points four times with the last coming at the 8:11 mark, following a pair of Candice Champion free throws.
Free throws and a fast break layup at the buzzer by the Lady Lions evened the score at 32-32 heading into the locker rooms.
UTA shot 52.6 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 78.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Bethany Sinclair opened the second half for Southeastern Louisiana with an easy layup at the 19:53 mark but Meghan Nelson connected on a jumper for the Mavs, tying the game at 34-34.
A jumper by Kristy Carlin gave the Lady Lions a two-point advantage but two Champion freebies tied the game at 36-36 with 18:54 left to play. UTA's last lead of the game came at the 15:34 mark following a Nelson jumper, with the score 43-41.
The Lady Lions took control of the game, leading by as many as 10 points with 7:12 left in the game. UTA fought back in the next several minutes going on a 13-3 run and tying the game at 68-68 with 3:59 on the clock.
Fouls and free throws seemed to be the Mavericks kryptonite in the final three minutes of the game, as two of their starters fouled out and SE Louisiana connected at the charity stripe.
UTA gave up 50 points in the second half and was out-rebounded by a 41-28 margin. This was the first time the Mavericks were out-rebounded by an opponent since their first conference game against Lamar University on January 14.
"They out-rebounded us 41-28 and at the end of the game when we had to make a free throw and we had several opportunities to have things go our way we just didn't do it," said Morrow.
For the game, UT Arlington finished shooting 44.9 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line.
Champion collected her 11th double-double of the season, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds while LaTosha Duffey scored a career-high 15 points.
Carlin recorded a game-high 25 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, including 2-fo-5 from three-point range and 9-of-10 from the free throw line for the Lady Lions.
The Mavericks will look to rebound from the loss when they travel to Conway, Ark. for a match-up with Central Arkansas on Saturday, February 21. Game time is set for 4 p.m.