Feb. 20, 2013
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – A career-high 14 points from Jordan Holub helped UT Arlington move past New Orleans 82-57 Wednesday afternoon at College Park Center.
Holub scored 11 first half points that helped UTA pull away from New Orleans midway throughout the opener. The Mavericks would make a 17-2 run to jump into the lead, a lead they would not relinquish. Behind a season-high crowd of 1,275 a part of the AISD’s 6th Grade Fast-Break, the Mavs improved to 6-19 overall and 2-0 all-time against the Privateers.
“I thought today was a great team win,” UT Arlington interim coach Karen Blair said. “We had 24 assists on 35 baskets and it is something we have been talking about in practice to make the extra pass. We had a lot of energy from the crowd and were fired up early.”
The Mavericks shot a season-high 50.7 percent from the field and were just one point short of their season-high in points. The Mavs scored 83 against Utah State on Jan. 23. Along with Holub’s 14 points, Desherra Nwanguma scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Malaika Green also added 11 points on 4-7 shooting.
The Mavericks started off the first few minutes of the game slow but found their rhythm midway through the opener. UTA went on a 17-2 run behind Holub and Nwanguma. The pair combined for 13 of the team’s points during the stretch and put Holub just two points off of her overall career-high in the first half.
“I think we were getting good shots early but we weren’t able to hit them,” Blair said. “We talked about not getting frustrated and just pressing forward. We weren’t turning the ball over we were just not hitting shots.
UTA would shoot 48.5 percent in the first half on 16-33 shooting from the floor and held UNO to just 31 percent. The Mavs also controlled the first half down low. The Mavs outscored the Privateers 22-2 in the paint behind nine points from Nwanguma in the half.
The momentum continued for UTA to start out the second half. The Mavs opened the half scoring 11 of the half’s first 15 points to move their lead past 20 points. New Orleans would respond with a quick run of five consecutive points before UTA would pull away again. Chauntandra Williams would start what would become a 13-0 run for the Mavericks and extended its game-high lead to 33 points.
The Mavericks get to enjoy an eight day break before they see action again. UTA returns to Western Athletic Conference play at San Jose State on Feb. 28.