MONROE, La. -- ULM Women's Basketball will open its season at Stephen F. Austin on Friday at 6 p.m. The Warhawks and Ladyjacks will meet for the 57th time. Both teams are coming off exhibition victories. ULM defeated Louisiana College on Monday night, 110-96 while SFA clipped Howard Payne, 72-42 on Nov. 2.
In that ULM exhibition victory, four Warhawks finished in double-figures led by 24 from
Ashleigh Simmons. Jasmine Shaw finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and
seven assists. Also in double-figures were Alayshia Hunter (18) and Jae Shin
|Setting the Stage
||ULM (0-0) vs. Stephen F. Austin (0-0)
||Friday, November 9, 2012|
|Time||6 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Nacogdoches, Texas (William R. Johnson Coliseum / 7,203)|
|Internet||Live Stats / Twitter: @ULMWarhawks & #WarhawkWBB|
|Team Information||ULM Women's Basketball | SFA Women's Basketball
||ULM Game Notes (PDF) | SFA Game Notes (PDF)|
The ULM Athletic Department ticket office now offers a basketball flex pack for just $75 which includes 10 general admission tickets that are good for any home game.
Lower level reserved season tickets are available for $150. The ULM frequent flyer pass is also still available for $99. The frequent flyer pass is good for general admission seating to all home Warhawk football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball games during the 2012-13 school year.
ULM faculty and staff can purchase lower level reserved tickets for a reduced price of $125 or a frequent flyer pass for $100.
The Warhawks will need to replace a 1,000 point scorer in Larrie Williams, Elizabeth Torres, who finished with the second most assists (452) in program history and Marion Zollicoffer, who appeared in 102 games during her career. ULM will attempt to improve upon a 9-21 season including a 7-9 mark in Sun Belt play. Jasmine Shaw, Alexar Tugler and Ashleigh Simmons will be asked to lead the Warhawks.
In their lone exhibition contest, ULM ran past Louisiana College, 110-96. It was the first time that ULM eclipsed the century mark since 1997. Four players scored in double-figures, led by Ashleigh Simmons with 24. Jasmine Shaw finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Newcomer Alayshia Hunter turned in a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards while Jae Shin chipped in 15 points.
Stephen F. Austin is a member of the Southland Conference and has been since 1987-88 with an all-time record of 874-366 including a 341-77 mark in SLC play. Head Coach Brandon Schneider (Wayland Baptist, 1995) is entering his third season and carries a 35-28 record. For his career, Schneider is 341-100 with 14 seasons under his belt.
SCOUTING THE LADYJACKS
Stephen F. Austin finished last season 23-10 (11-5) and fell to McNeese State in the Southland Conference Title game in Katy, Texas, 60-56. Their impressive season earned them a ticket to the Women’s Basketball Invitational but lost to Northern Iowa, 83-57. All-time, SFA is 31-31 in postseason play with 15 SLC Championships, 15 SLC Tournament titles, 18 NCAA appearances and three WNIT appearances.
SFA was picked to finish 2nd in the SLC Coaches’ Poll and 4th in the SLC SID Poll. McNeese State was picked to take home the league crown in each poll. The Ladyjacks had center Porsha Roberts (9.2 PPG / 5.9 RPG) named to SLC Preseason Second Team. The Ladyjacks return three starters and 10 letterwinners. Joining Roberts is guard Ashlee Mells (6.8 PPG / 3.1 RPG) and guard Brittney Matthew (7.0 PPG / 2.4 RPG). The roster is made up of three freshman, six sophomores, four juniors and two seniors.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN VS. ULM SERIES
Friday will be the 57th meeting between Stephen F. Austin and ULM, with SFA having a 42-14 advantage. The Ladyjacks have taken the last four meetings, two of those in overtime. The last Warhawk win was on March 4, 2005 (66-64) in Bryan Texas. The series began in 1977 with SFA taking the first seven all-time meetings. The former Southland Conference opponents met seven times in the SLC Tournament with SFA winning all seven. The Warhawks won four in a row from Dec. 19, 1983 to Jan. 12, 1985. SFA’s longest winning streak in the series was 11 games from March 11, 1993 to Jan. 17, 1998.
WARHAWK TO WATCH
Junior guard Jasmine Shaw (Flower Mound, Texas / Flower Mound HS) was named to the 2012-13 Preseason All-Sun Belt Third Team. Shaw is the team’s leading returning scorer (7.0 PPG) and rebounder (4.8 RPG). Last season, Shaw scored in double figures on eight occasions and led the team in scoring once. Shaw scored a season-high 18 points against Nicholls State and pulled down a team-high rebounds on five occasions. She appeared in all 30 games, making 29 starts and averaging 29.0 minutes per game. In Sun Belt play, the 5-10 versatile guard averaged 7.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 33% from the field. In the exhibition game, Shaw flirted with a triple-double as she scored 22 points with eight rebounds and seven assists.
ULM ran past Louisiana College in its only exhibition game if the season, 110-96. Four Warhawks finished in double-figures led by 24 from Ashleigh Simmons. Jasmine Shaw finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Also in double-figures were Alayshia Hunter (18) and Jae Shin (15).
ULM scored 63 points in the second half and shot 52 % for the game from the floor and 65.2% (30-46) from the free throw line. However, the Warhawks turned the ball over 32 times leading to 23 Lady Wildcat points. ULM scored 64 points in the paint in a game that featured 16 lead changes and 12 ties.
REPLACING THREE SENIORS
The Warhawks will need to replace 1,000-point scorer (1,078) Larrie Williams, the second most assists in a career (452) from Elizabeth Torres and 28 career starts and the teams leading rebounder (6.2 per game) in 2011-12, Marion Zollicoffer.
Last season, the Warhawks started 0-8 before picking up its first win at home against Nicholls State on Dec. 3. After that slow start, ULM went 8-13 the rest of the way including a three-game winning streak to end 2011. Towards the end of the season, the Warhawks won four of six including a 66-35 thrashing of UL-Lafayette on Jan. 28.
SUN BELT CHANGES
This season, the Sun Belt schedule structure will change as Denver exits to join the WAC, leaving the Sun Belt with 10 members. Each team will play 20 SBC games, twice against each member. The Sun Belt will change again in 2013-14 as Georgia State, UT-Arlington and Texas State join the league.
Three Warhawks turned in four double-doubles last season. Elizabeth Torres tuned in two, the first at Grambling State on Nov. 22 with 13 points and 10 assists and the second against UMKC on Nov. 26 with 15 points and 11 assists. The other two came in the same game as Alexar Tugler (18 points/10 rebounds) and Larrie Williams (25 points/10 rebounds) collected the statistical honor at Northwestern State on Dec. 21.
The ULM roster well welcome three newcomers for the 2012-13 season. Alayshia Hunter, Ashley Aune and Jasmine Taylor will wear Maroon & Gold for the the first time. Hunter joins the team out of Killeen, Texas and Ellison High School where she was an All-State selection in 2011 and 2012. Aune is from Church Point, La. and Sacred Heart High School where she finished her prep career with 1,158 points. Taylor is from Denton, Texas and Denton High School where she averaged 14.0 points per game and was a First Team All-District selection.
SUN BELT IN POSTSEASON
Four Sun Belt teams played in postseason tournaments in 2011-12. UALR won the league’s automatic bid by winning the Sun Belt Championship, 71-70, in overtime against Middle Tennessee. The Trojans fell in the first round to three seed Delaware, 73-42. Middle Tennessee also made the tournament as an at-large team and lost to seven seed Vanderbilt, 60-46. Both FIU and Florida Atlantic appeared in the WNIT and combined for a 1-2 record with the Panthers defeating Stetson, 75-47. The Sun Belt has 64 total NCAA Tournament wins including a national championship (Old Dominion, 1985) and has sent at least two teams to the NCAA Tournament four out of the last six years, including the last two seasons.
The Dec. 29 victory over Western Kentucky was just the fourth time in 11 attempts that the Warhawks have beaten the Hilltoppers and just the second time since 1986. The 58-54 win over Sun Belt Tournament Champion UALR on Jan. 12 was just the the third ever over the Trojans and the the first since 2006. The biggest win in terms of points came at home against UL-Lafayette on Jan. 28 with a 66-35 win over the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Larrie Williams had her share of individual highlights last season including surpassing the 1,000 point barrier. She scored 28 points at Southern Miss on Dec. 10, the team-high for the season. She eclipsed the 20-point mark on five occasions in 2011-12.
Marion Zollicoffer pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds at UL-Lafayette on Feb. 25 and Elizabeth Torres dished out a season-high 11 assists against UMKC on Nov. 26. Jasmine Shaw collected a season-high five steals against UL-Lafayette on Jan. 28.
ULM played in two overtime games last season, losing to UMKC and winning at North Texas, moving its all-time overtime record to 18-16. The Warhawks are 17-15 in single-overtime games and 1-1 in double-overtime contests. At home, ULM is 5-6 in overtime games and 13-10 on the road.
In the Mona Martin era, ULM is 7-10 in season openers including 5-3 at home and 2-7 on the road. One season-opening loss was in overtime in Coach Martin’s second season at South Alabama, 70-67. Dating back to its first season in 1974-75, ULM is 22-17 in season-openers. The Warhawks won eight straight games to begin the season from 1984 to 1990. The longest season-opening losing streak is five from 1998 to 2002.
ULM will return to Fant-Ewing Coliseum for a Nov. 12 battle with a talented Tulane Green Wave team, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. It will the 16th meeting between the two programs with Tulane leading 9-6. The last meeting came last season in New Orleans, with Tulane winning 62-45.
ULM & KOMEN FOR THE CURE
ULM student-athletes and coaching staff have teamed up again with Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s fundraising efforts. The team spent a weekend in the summer at the Pecanland Mall promoting the 19th Annual Northeast Louisiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which took place Sept. 29 at Forsythe Park in Monroe. In addition, the team handed out brochures promoting the event as well the Nov. 3 football game against UL-Lafayette. Tickets to that game were sold at the race for $10, with a portion of the proceeds going to breast cancer research. That football game will be a Pink Out and fans were encouraged to wear pink in recognition of those impacted by breast cancer.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL REUNION
The ULM Women’s Basketball family held a reunion on Oct. 26-27. Events included a party at the ULM SUB Ballroom, an “Old Timers Game” and a Tailgate Party prior to the football game against South Alabama. Notable returnees included former coaches Linda Harper and Roger Stockton and nearly 50 former players including the program’s all-time leading scorer Lisa Ingram.
FOLLOWING THE WARHAWKS
Fans can follow along with Warhawk Women’s Basketball several ways. Live audio and video are available for select home contests on ULMWarhawks.com via subscription. Select ULM Women’s Basketball games will be aired on either 1680 AM or 105.3 FM with the voice of Warhawk basketball, Nick White. Follow ULM Athletics on Twitter on @ULMWarhawks and on Facebook at ULM Warhawks.