Nov. 20, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - UT Arlington women's basketball fell 99-46 to No. 10 Oklahoma Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.
"We can into this game knowing we wanted to work on our stuff," UT Arlington coach Krista Gerlich said. "OU's in the top 10 for a reason and it was very difficult to decide what to guard."
Senior Briana Walker led the Mavericks with 13 points. Fellow seniors Desherra Nwanguma and Laila Suleiman each had 12 points with Suleiman finishing the game one rebound shy of a double-double. Junior Tahlia Pope grabbed a UTA career-high 14 rebounds.
OU's Aaryn Ellenberg entered tonight's game ranked fourth in the NCAA with 3.29 3-point field goals made per game and proved rightly so with four against the Mavs.
"Tonight was a great teaching moment for us," Gerlich said. "Ellenberg was the only one really making 3-pointers coming into this game, but with someone else making those shots, we were forced to adjust."
UTA saw its first points of the game with an and-one from Senior Briana Walker and OU leading 10-3. OU made a push, but Laila Suleiman stepped up for the Mavericks scoring seven points to close the gap 18-10.
The Sooner's Derica Wyatt was 5-5 from the 3-point line in the first half combined with Ellenberg's four 3-points as the Mavericks headed to the locker room down 52-19.
Oklahoma continued its momentum early in the second half scoring 12 of the first 14 points. The Mavs shot 35.7 percent compared to OU's 52.6 percent from the floor. The Sooners finished the game with 14 3-pointers.
The women return home to College Park Center to host Virginia Common Wealth Sunday at 1 p.m. for the team's second home game of the season.
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