Women's Basketball Falls on the Road in Overtime, 68-63
Nov. 22, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - - The UALR Trojans (2-2) out-scored Memphis (3-2) 12-7 in overtime to hang on for a 68-63 victory over the Tigers, Friday, at the Jack Stephens Center.
"I'm disappointed because we had our chances," Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said. "We have to learn to trust our offense to execute down the stretch and then trust our defense to hold up for us. We are a program that normally wins close games, and this was a great chance to get a nice road win."
Memphis trailed at the break 30-28 in a foul-plagued first half. UALR was tagged for 10 team fouls with 8:19 left to play in the opening half, but Memphis could not build that in to anything more than a one or two possession lead. UALR then returned the favor as Memphis started collecting fouls on penetrators, knocking down six straight free throws to take a 23-21 lead with 5:21 left in the half.
After a timeout, Memphis went zone late in the second half and UALR made the Tigers pay, drilling a pair of three-point field goals to take a six-point lead at 30-24 with 1:52 left. Devin Mack then drove and scored another layup with the shot clock winding down and Ariel Hearn added a pair of free throws late for the 30-28 halftime deficit.
The Tigers came out and got five straight points from Ariel Hearn to start the second half, but that would be the final field goal of the night for Hearn, as UALR forced the ball out of her hands. But freshman Breigha Wilder-Cochran was up to the task, hitting two straight buckets to give Memphis a lead at 35-33. Memphis would push that lead to as many as seven at 43-36 with 11:54 to go off back-to-back buckets from Pa'Sonna Hope inside. But Hope was limping with a shin issue and came to the bench to get re-geared up, and while she was not inside, Memphis was whistled for three seconds, then gave up a wide open three-point field goal to Taylor Gault, which made it 43-41 with 10:02 to go.
That three from Gault was the first of 11 straight points she would score, and a Taylor Ford free throw would erase the Memphis lead and tie the game for the 12th time at 47 with 8:02 left. The last eight minutes of the second half saw Memphis score just three field goals, as both teams were accumulating fouls and shooting free throws. Memphis would move ahead again on a jumper from Asia Fuqua-Bey, leading 55-51, but a missed runout layup on the Memphis end turned into fast break points for UALR on the opposite end, knotting the game at 55 with 2:43 to go in regulation.
Wilder-Cochran again broke the tie with 1 of 2 free throws for the Tigers to lead 56-55, but a UALR bucket and one from Kaitlyn Pratt pushed the home team back in front 56-55. Wilder-Cochran then hit the first of two free-throws and despite multiple timeouts by both teams down the stretch, neither was able to convert a game-winning play to force overtime.
It was UALR that was the aggressor in overtime, outscoring the Tigers 12-7, including seven points at the free-throw line.
Hearn and Wilder-Cochran each had 15 points in the loss, while Hope finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
UALR was led by Taylor Gault off the bench, with 19 points.
Memphis travels to the Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam tournament, beginning Thursday against No. 13/11 Texas A&M, at 5 p.m. (CT). That game can be viewed online at www.ParadiseJam.com for free.