MONROE, La -- ULM Women's Basketball (1-6, 0-2) will host Southern Miss (4-3, 0-0) on Sunday (Dec. 9) at 2 p.m. The Warhawks will attempt to get back in the win column after dropping two Sun Belt games, most recently at UALR.
The Trojans were too much for ULM on Saturday night as UALR started Sun Belt play 2-0 with the 71-54 win inside the Jack Stephens Center. Alexar Tugler led ULM with 12 points while Alayshia Hunter finished with 10. Ashleigh Simmons pulled down 11 boards. Taylor Gault and Janette Merriex both scored 16 points.
|Setting the Stage
||ULM (1-6, 0-2) vs. Southern Miss (4-3, 0-0)
||Sunday, December 9, 2012|
|Time||2 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Monroe, La. (Fant-Ewing Coliseum / 7,000)|
|Video||Warhawks All Access
|Internet||Live Stats / Twitter: @ULMWarhawks & #WarhawkWBB|
|Team Information||ULM Women's Basketball | Southern Miss Women's Basketball
||ULM Game Notes (PDF) | Southern Miss 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 $125. The frequent flyer pass is good for general admission seating to all home Warhawk 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 $120 or a frequent flyer pass for $100.
AROUND THE SUN BELT
The UALR Trojans improved to 6-1 on the season with wins over Troy on Thursday, November 29 and ULM on December 1. The win over ULM was UALR’s 300th program win. Currently the Trojans are ranked 6th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 30.4% from the floor and rank second in the SBC allowing just over 55 points per game. Western Kentucky also continued its hot start posting a conference sweep last week. The Lady Toppers picked up wins over ULM on Thursday and defeated high-scoring Troy on Saturday, December 1. The 5-1 start for the Lady Toppers is the first 5-1 start since the 2005-06 season when the team won nine of the first 10 games of the season. WKU’s Alexis Govan was SBC Player of the Week. Florida Atlantic has come on strong as of late picking up wins in three consecutive games, two of which were conference games. The Owls defeated South Alabama on Wednesday and then defeated the Red Wolves of Arkansas State on Saturday. Part of this surge has been the play of the offense and Chenice Miller.
A LOOK AT THE WARHAWKS
Mona Martin coached her 500th game with ULM on Saturday at UALR... Alexar Tugler averaged 14.5 points per game for the week, highlighted by a season-high 17-point performance against Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt opener... Sharnice Brooks collected career-highs in nearly every category against WKU with 12 points, four blocks and 21 minutes... ULM is now 403 all-time in Sun Belt openers and 4-2 when opening conference play at home... the program is five wins away from 600 all-time victories... Mona Martin needs seven wins for 250 and ULM is five home wins away from 300 inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum... Ashleigh Simmons continues to put up solid rebounding numbers as she pulled down 15 this past week in the two games and has 55 this season (7.9 per game), which is fourth in the Sun Belt.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Southern Miss enters Sunday’s game 4-3 without a conference record and both ULM and Southern Miss are coming off losses at UALR. The Golden Eagles had won four straight over McNeese State, Florida A&M and Mississippi State before the 64-45 loss to the Trojans. Southern Miss is 0-2 against Sun Belt schools so far in 2012. Head Coach Joyce Lee-McNelis (Southern Miss, 1984) is in her ninth season (115-137) with the program. Junior guard Jamierra Faulkner is leading the team with 14.9 points, 5.7 assists per game and has 23 steals on the season. Faulkner had 25 at UALR. Senior guard Tenecka Carey is at 14.7 points per game while Jerontay Clemons is averaging 13.1 points and a team-best 7.9 rebounds per game.
SOUTHERN MISS VS. ULM SERIES
The Warhawks and Golden Eagles began playing in 1978 with ULM winning 88-82 in Monroe. Southern Miss leads the all-time series 14-7 but ULM has won four of the last six. USM won eight in row from Feb. 5, 1979 to Dec. 15, 1990. Last season, the Warhawks fell by three in Hattiesburg, 77-74. Mona Martin is 5-6 against Southern Miss.
WARHAWK TO WATCH
Junior guard Alexar Tugler has been on a tear the last two games for the Warhawks. On Thursday, against WKU, she led ULM with a season-high 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes. At UALR, A. Tugler led the team with 12 points.
LAST TIME OUT
UALR (6-1, 2-0) was too much for ULM (1-6, 0-2) on Saturday night as the Trojans start Sun Belt play 2-0 with the 71-54 win inside the Jack Stephens Center. Alexar Tugler led ULM with 12 points while Alayshia Hunter finished with 10. Ashleigh Simmons pulled down 11 boards. Taylor Gault and Janette Merriex both scored 16 points.
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.
Ashleigh Simmons turned in a double-double at Nicholls State with 22 points and 12 rebounds, both career-highs. It was the first double-double for the Warhawks since Larrie Williams at Northwestern State (12/21/11) and Simmons is now the second player on the roster to accomplish the feat. Alexar Tugler did it with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the same game as Williams. Jasmine Shaw turned in the second double-double performance of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds at Tennessee Tech, her first career double-double.
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.
SUN BELT OPENERS
ULM is now 4-3 all-time in Sun Belt openers and 4-2 at home when opening the Sun Belt schedule. Last season, the Warhawks beat WKU in Monroe, 53-49.
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 play its nest two games in the state of Texas with the Longhorns on Dec. 11 and SMU on Dec. 17. It will be the seventh meeting between Texas and ULM (Texas leads 6-0). The Longhorns beat ULM in the 1984 NCAA Regional, 99-91. SMU leads the series with ULM 1-0 with that meeting coming in 2005.
Head Coach Mona Martin coached her 500th game Saturday at UALR... the program is five wins away from 600 all-time victories.. Mona Martin needs seven wins for 250... ULM is five home wins away from 300 inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
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.