Troy women’s six-game win streak snapped, fall to UALR

Published 12:32 am Friday, January 23, 2015

Troy women’s basketball lost for the first time in seven games Thursday night, falling 82-56 to Sun Belt top dog UALR.

Ronita Garrett led the Trojans (11-6, 6-2) with a career-high 22 points and added 11 rebounds in her 11th double-double of the season.

But outside of Garrett, Troy was meager from the field at the Jack Stephens Center.

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Troy struggled offensively all night, especially in the first half.

After jumping out to an early 8-2 lead, Troy went completely cold from the field.

UALR responded by going on an 18-2 run, burying Troy with a 20-10 lead.

Over the next 15:53 of the first half, Troy failed to sink a single field goal, missing 18-straight shots.

Troy shot just 21 percent from the field on 6-of-28 shooting in the first half.

Over those nearly 16 minutes, UALR poured the offense on Troy, shooting nearly 50 percent from the field.

Just before halftime, Lacy Buchanon ended Troy’s woes, hitting a half-court shot at the buzzer as Troy went into the locker room down 42-18.

In the second half, Troy found success offensively, but the nearly 24-point defecit proved too much for them to overcome.

Garrett came on strong in the second half, scoring 16 of her game-high 22 points.

The senior did her best to get Troy back in the game, scoring eight-straight points in the second half, but Troy only managed to get within 26 points of the lead in the final 20 minutes.

UALR (15-2, 8-0) extends its win streak on the season to nine games and sits comfortably atop the Sun Belt standings.

Four UALR players scored in double figures, led by Shanity James and Taylor Gault who each had 14 points.

Turnovers were an issue for each team with Troy and UALR turning the ball over 26 and 23 times, respectively.

UALR was able to take advantage of Troy’s mistakes, outscoring Troy 34-20 in points off turnovers.

With the loss, Troy’s win streak, which lasted six games, comes to an end.

It was the longest win streak in Troy’s Division 1 era.

Troy’s 6-2 start to Sun Belt play is still the best since joining the league 10 years ago.

Troy will return to the court Saturday for a battle for second place in the Sun Belt against Arkansas State at 2 p.m.