Feb. 25, 2009
ARLINGTON. Texas -
The Lamar University women's basketball team could not overcome a strong UT Arlington first half, falling to the Mavericks 66-59 at Texas Hall on Wednesday night.
The loss drops the Lady Cardinals to 18-8 overall and 9-4 in Southland Conference play. UT Arlington improves to 17-9 overall and 11-2 in SLC play with the win.
Trailing by nine at halftime, the Lady Cardinals used a late second half run to close within five points, but could not knock down a shot in the final minute to get any closer.
Arlington built as much as a 14 point lead inside of 10 minutes to play in the game, but Lamar would not let the league leaders off the hook without a fight. The Lady Cards chipped away at the deficit with a solid defensive effort, combined with some key shooting by Nikki Williams and Brittney Williams.
Nikki Williams's jumper with 1:41 to play got Lamar within five points at 62-57, but it was a close at they could get. After three LU fouls, Arlington Candace Champion missed the front end of a one and one free throw, giving LU a shot to get within one possession. Nikki Williams missed a running three pointer and Brittney Williams could not convert a put back, forcing Lamar to foul again.
Champion was able to covert her final four free throw attempts in the final minute of the game, the final two being thrown in with two seconds to play to give UTA the 66-59 win.
In the first half the two team were slow out of the gate, but picked up their offensive momentum as the half progressed. The Mavericks, extended their lead to as much as 12 points with two minutes remaining, but Lamar cut the lead to nine at halftime on a layup and free throw by Chrisan Petrovanie with 11 seconds to play. The three point play cut the UTA lead to 33-24, and was the final points of the half.
led the way for LU with 15 points in the game, including a 5-5 performance from the free throw line. Nikki Williams
chipped in with 13 points for the Lady Cards, while Trashanna Smith
led the team with eight rebounds.
As a team Lamar matched UT Arlington with a 41.1 percent shooting performance, both teams knocking down 23 of 56 shots from the field, but the Mavs connected on five three pointers while the Lady cards hit just two.
Lamar will be back in action on Saturday night a 7:00 when they host the Roadrunners of UTSA at the Montagne Center.