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Warhawks and #12 Longhorns Set to Battle in Austin
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Release: December 09, 2012
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MONROE, La -- ULM (2-6, 0-2) travels to to face No. 12 Texas (5-1, 0-0) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. following a 73-55 thrashing of Southern Miss on Sunday.

Jasmine Shaw finished with a career-high 27 points as ULM (2-6, 0-2) handled Southern Miss (4-4, 0-0), 73-55. The Warhawks have now taken five of the last seven from Southern Miss. ULM led by as many as 27 on its way to its second win and first home win of the season. Alexar Tugler scored 13 points while Ashleigh Simmons chipped in 10. Southern Miss struggled offensively all day and shot 31% from the field. Tanecka Carey scored 22 points to lead USM after having 17 at half.

Setting the Stage
ULM (2-6, 0-2) at #12 Texas (5-1, 0-0)
Date
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Time 7 p.m. (CT)
Location Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center / 16,734)
Television Longhorn Network
Video Longhorn Network
Audio None
Internet Live Stats / Twitter: @ULMWarhawks & #WarhawkWBB
Team Information ULM Women's Basketball | Texas Women's Basketball
Game Notes
ULM Game Notes (PDF) | Texas Game Notes (PDF) | Sun Belt Notes (PDF)


TICKET INFORMATION

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 at UALR on Dec. 1... Jasmine Shaw scored a career-high 27 points in the 73-55 win over Southern Miss as ULM collected its first home win of the season... the Warhawks led by as many as 27 as Southern Miss shot just above 30% and went on nearly a nine-minute scoring drought to allow ULM to run away with the Sunday afternoon matinee... the program is four wins away from 600 all-time victories... Mona Martin needs six wins for 250 and ULM is four home wins away from 300 inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum... Ashleigh Simmons continues to put up solid rebounding numbers as she pulled down 58 this season (7.3 per game), which is tied for sixth in the Sun Belt.

SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
The No. 12 Texas Longhorns enter Tuesday’s contest with a 5-1 overall record. Texas suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday against UCLA, 62-42, in Austin. In that contest, Nneka Enemkpali scored a game-high 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds but a slow start doomed the Longhorns, scoring only 15 points in the first half. Head Coach Karen Aston (UALR, 1987) is in her first season at Texas and brings a career record of 106-64 from her five previous seasons at North Texas and Charlotte. Enemkpali was Big XII Player of the Week for Nov. 26 and leads the team with 20.5 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. Chassidy Fussell is at 17.6 points per game while Chelsea Bass is at 11.0 and Cokie Reed is at 10.3 points per game. Celina Rodrigo does a nice job distributing to Texas’ weapons with 5.3 assists per game.

WARHAWK TO WATCH
Junior guard Jasmine Shaw scored a career-high 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting in the 73-55 win over Southern Miss on Sunday. Shaw’s previous high was 18 at Nicholls State last year. Shaw pulled down nine rebounds, collected four steals, handed out four assists in 37 minutes. She matcher her career-high with three three-pointers. The 27 points was the most by a Warhawk this season and the most since Larrie Williams had 28 at Southern Miss on Dec. 10, 2011.

TEXAS VS. ULM SERIES
The Longhorns have taken all six meetings in the series including a 1984 NCAA Regional matchup, 99-91, in Ruston, La. The last meeting was on Feb. 28, 1990 with Texas winning 91-61. This will be just the third time ULM has played in Austin. The closest game was on New Year’s Eve in 1985 with Texas winning 70-65 in Miami, Fla. as part of the Orange Bowl Classic.

LAST TIME OUT
Jasmine Shaw finished with a career-high 27 points as ULM (2-6, 0-2) handled Southern Miss (4-4, 0-0), 73-55. The Warhawks have now taken five of the last seven from Southern Miss. ULM led by as many as 27 on its way to its second win and first home win of the season. Alexar Tugler scored 13 points while Ashleigh Simmons chipped in 10. Southern Miss struggled offensively all day and shot 31% from the field. Tanecka Carey scored 22 points to lead USM after having 17 at half.

NCAA REGIONAL REMATCH
ULM , Northeast Louisiana at the time, and Texas met  in the second round of the 1984 NCAA Tournament played in Ruston, La. after a 78-73 win over Kansas State in the opening round. Texas won the game 99-91 behind Andrea Lloyd’s 29 and Fran Harris’ 26 points. NLU was led by 36 from the program’s all-time leading scorer, Lisa Ingram, who poured in 36 points and pulled down 14 boards. Coach Ok, E.J. Lee at the time, had 17 points and 15 assists. The Lady Indians ended the season 23-4 and made the Final Four the following season, losing to eventual champion Old Dominion inside the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, 57-47.

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.

INCONSISTENT PLAY
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.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
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.
 
WARHAWK NEWCOMERS
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.

2011-12 HIGHLIGHTS
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.

OVERTIME SUCCESS
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.

SEASON OPENERS
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.

HOME OPENERS
All-time ULM is now 23-16 in home openers. Under Coach Martin, ULM is 11-7 in home openers.

UP NEXT
ULM will stay in Texas and play SMU on Dec.17. ULM dropped its only ever meeting with SMU on Monday, Nov. 25, 2005, 56-44, in Dallas.

MILESTONES
Head Coach Mona Martin coached her 500th game at UALR on Dec. 1... the program is four wins away from 600 all-time victories.. Mona Martin needs six wins for 250... ULM is four 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.


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