MONROE, La -- ULM Women's Basketball (0-2) will go for its first win of the season at Nicholls State (1-1) on Friday night in Thibodaux, La. at 6 p.m. ULM dropped its last outing to Tulane, 70-60, on Monday night. Jae Shin led the way with a career-high 14 points including four three-pointers. Freshman forward Alayshia Hunter turned in a solid performance with 10 points and eight rebounds in her home Warhawk debut.
Last season, the Maroon & Gold picked up its first win of the season at home against Nicholls State, 78-68. In that game, Larrie Williams scored 21 points while Jasmine Shaw put in her career-high of 18 points.
|Setting the Stage
||ULM (0-2) vs. Nicholls State (2-1)
||Friday, November 16, 2012|
|Time||6 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Thibodaux, La. (David R. Stopher Gym / 3,800)|
|Internet||Live Stats / Twitter: @ULMWarhawks & #WarhawkWBB|
|Team Information||ULM Women's Basketball | Nicholls State Women's Basketball
||ULM Game Notes (PDF) | Nicholls State Game Notes (PDF) | Sun Belt 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.
AROUND THE SUN BELT
The Sun Belt Conference had a good opening weekend in women’s hoops as all 11 teams combined to go 10-6 through the first weekend of play. Middle Tennessee led the way with two wins in the Preseason WNIT, advancing to the semifinals to square off against Iowa on Wednesday. The Blue Raiders defeated Kennesaw State and Memphis en route to Wednesday’s game. UL-Lafayette opened up the season 2-0 and had a record crowd attend Monday night’s home opener. South Alabama opened the young campaign 2-0 as well, defeating Houston Baptist and Tennessee State. UALR opened up its season with a 73-64 win over Tulsa. Sophomore Taylor Gault led the way for the Trojans with a career-high 33 points.
QUICK LOOK AT WARHAWKS
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.
ULM led by as many by 11 at Stephen F. Austin in the first half on Friday night in the season-opener but a 51-point second half from the Ladyjacks would erase the advantage and SFA cruised to the 80-55 victory. Jasmine Shaw led the Warhawks with 12 points. ULM shot 53.6% (15-for-28) in the first half and just 25.9% (7-for-27) in the second. Four Ladyjacks scored in double-figures, led by 17 from Kali Jerrell. On Monday, ULM dropped its second game of the season to Tulane, 70-60. Jae Shin led the way with a career-high 14 points.
SCOUTING THE COLONELS
Nicholls State, member of the Southland Conference, started the season with a loss at DePaul before beating Mississippi Valley State and New Orleans in back-to-back games. Against UNO, the Colonels won 80-66 behind 26 points from KK Babin. Also id double-figures were LiAnn McCarthy (14) and Jasmine Scott (13). Nicholls State forced 31 turnovers in the win. Head Coach DoBee Plaisance (Southern Miss, 1986) is in her fifth season (31-87) at NSU and 18th (188-310) in coaching. Last season the Colonels went 15-16 with a 7-9 mark in SLC play. This team returns seven letterwinners and four starters from that team. Nicholls State is led by Babin with 18.0 points and 5.6 assists per game. Alisha Allen is at 11.0 pointer per game, McCarthy is at 10.3 points per game and Jenny Nash is averaging 10.0 points per game. Scott is the teams leading rebounder with 8.3 boards per game.
WARHAWK TO WATCH
Sophomore guard Jae Shin (Bellevue, Wash. / Mercer Island HS) led ULM with a career-high 14 points against Tulane on Monday night (Nov. 12). Shin kept the game in reach with her third and fourth triples of the night but the Green Wave would hold on for the victory. Postgame, head coach Mona Martin stated that Shin improved her game over the summer and should be somebody in double-figures most nights for the Warhawks. Shin’s previous career-high for scoring was five points on two occasions during her freshman campaign.
THE LAST TIME OUT
ULM (0-2) hung around most of the night but Tulane (2-0) would get the best of the Warhawks on Monday night, 70-60. Tulane has now won seven straight in the series and is 3-3 all-time in in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Jae Shin led ULM with a career-high 14 points including four three-pointers. Also in double-figures were Ashleigh Simmons (11) and Alayshia Hunter (10), Hunter also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
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. All three made their debut at SFA.
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 now 7-11 in season openers including 5-3 at home and 2-8 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 22-18 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 and now have lost their last two.
All-time ULM is now 23-16 in home openers. Under Coach Martin, ULM is 11-7 in home openers.
ULM will host Lamar on Wed. Nov. 21 inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The Warhawks have a 27-5 all-time series advantage over the Cardinals. However, Lamar has taken the last three. Prior to that three-game winning streak, ULM had won nine straight in the series that began in 1982.
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.