Score: ULM 77, Houston Baptist 65
Teams: ULM (3-8)
Houston Baptist (2-7)
Location: Houston, Texas (Sharp Gym)
HOUSTON - The ULM women’s basketball team closed out its non-conference season with the team’s first road win of the 2016 season over Houston Baptist - a 77-65 victory Wednesday night.
-The Warhawks held the Huskies to zero field goals over the final 2:28 of the game. In that final stretch, Houston Baptist put ULM on the free throw line seven times to hand the Warhawks 10 of their final 12 points of the night.
-Alexis Collins put up career numbers and led the Warhawks with a game-high 33 total points in the contest. Collins shot 69 percent from the floor (11-of-16) and recorded only one blemish at the line (11-of-12). The junior filled out her stat line with one assist, two steals and two defensive rebounds.
-Gabriella Cortez also put up double-digit points for the Warhawks shooting 3-of-11 with the three baskets coming from behind the arch. Cortez also put up three assists, one steal and two defensive rebounds. The transfer held strong at the stripe again and went 6-for-6.
-The third Warhawk in double digits was Stephanie Ratliff, who finished with 14 points. Ratliff shot 75 percent (6-of-8) and sunk 2-of-3 from the line. The senior also pulled down six rebounds (4 defensive), had one assist, two blocks and one steal.
-ULM held the Huskies to a shooting percentage below 40 percent over the final two quarters of the game. The Warhawks finished the night shooting 44.6 percent (25-of-56) compared to HBU’s 39.3 percent shooting (24-of-61).
-The Warhawks led the way in points off turnovers (27-22) and bench points (47-31). Houston Baptist edged the Warhawks in points in the paint (36-32) and second chance breaks (16-13).
FROM COACH DOW
About the game: That was a great character win that we really needed. We still aren’t quite where we want to be on the defensive end, but I really thought we buckled down there at the end and didn’t allow them to make a shot in the last two and a half minutes. Offensively, when we take care of the ball and limit our turnovers typically we can get pretty good shots and tonight was a good example of that.
About the players: I thought our core rotation players in Andreanna Jackson, Stephanie Ratliff, Gabriella Cortez and Alexis Collins certainly all had good games in their own ways. Each of those four girls really made some clutch plays in the second half and I can’t say enough about each of their performances.
-The Warhawks remain out on the road for five of the next seven games and will begin Sun Belt Conference play starting Thursday, Dec. 29 at Arkansas State.
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