Troy women use pressure, hot shooting to rout Texas-ArlingtonPublished 9:50pm Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Troy forced 32 turnovers, and shot nearly 41 percent from behind the arc to roll past Texas-Arlington 88-72 Wednesday night at Trojan Arena.
The Trojans went on a 21-11 run early in the second half to build on the already large halftime lead.
“We knew that if they got the ball down to their post players, we wouldn’t have much of a chance,” said Troy head coach Chanda Rigby. “We put that challenge on our guards to create turnovers so they couldn’t get the ball to the post. We were trying to break the record and get as many turnovers as possible.”
Troy guard Brooke Bowie liked Rigby’s game plan.
“I love going after the basketball,” said Bowie. “We want to create chaos, and we love to do it.”
On offense, Joanna Harden turned in another solid performance. Harden led all scorers with 24 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds.
Bowie dropped in 15, with all her points coming from behind the three-point line.
“My shot was strong all week in practice,” said Bowie. “They kept leaving me open, so I just kept shooting it.”
With the win Troy pulls in to a tie for fifth in the Sun Belt and is playing for seeding against Texas State on Saturday.
Rigby wants to keep the momentum going, and is looking for her post players to make a difference.
“Texas State has the best post players in the league,” said Rigby. “It will be much more of post game on Saturday. We have to block out and not give second chances.”