Feb. 19, 2014
JONESBORO, Arkansas – UT Arlington suffered its third-straight loss Wednesday night falling 73-47 to Arkansas State at the Convocation Center.
Senior center Desherra Nwanguma led the Mavericks in scoring for the tenth time this season, as she notched her seventh double-double of the season. Nwanguma scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Forty-seven points in the lowest total for the Mavericks since they scored 46 against No. 10 Oklahoma on Nov. 20, 2013. UT Arlington dropped to 3-21 overall and 2-11 in Sun Belt Conference action.
"Arkansas State has a lot of weapons, and I think they really stepped up and showed why they're leading the conferene right now," UT Arlington coach Krista Gerlich said. "We just have to model that. We have to go back and work harder and get mentally tougher."
The Mavericks opened the game with back-to-back baskets, but A-State retaliated with a 14-0 run to claim the lead as UTA went on a seven-minute scoring drought. UT Arlington made a push to come within five, but that's as close as the Mavericks would get in the first half.
The Red Wolves finished the half shooting 51.6 percent from the floor, including four 3-pointers, while the Mavericks shot 34.5 percent. UT Arlington went to the locker room trailing 40-26.
A-State started the second half with a 12-0 run to extend its lead to 26 before a brief scoring spurt by UTA. The Red Wolves led by as many as 33 and finished the game with a 26-point victory margin.
UT Arlington will return to Arkansas Saturday to face UALR at 4:30 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center for the Trojan's annual Play 4 Kay game.