MONROE, La -- ULM (5-15, 3-8) will look to continue its mometum at FIU (13-8, 7-5) on Saturday night following a 90-86 win over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday.
ULM used an offensive explosion to beat Florida Atlantic (10-10, 7-5). It was the most points since Dec. 29, 2010 against FAU (83). ULM collected its first back-to-back wins of the season as it tied up the all-time series at four wins apiece while handing FAU its first home Sun Belt loss of the season.
|Setting the Stage
||ULM (5-15, 3-8 SBC) at Florida Atlantic (13-8, 7-5 SBC)
||Saturday, February 2, 2013|
|Time||4:30 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Miami, Fla. (U.S. Century Bank Arena / 5,000)|
|Video||FIU On Demand|
|Audio||1680 AM / Warhawks All-Access
|Internet||Live Stats / Twitter: @ULMWarhawks & #WarhawkWBB|
|Team Information||ULM Women's Basketball | FIU Women's Basketball
||ULM Game Notes (PDF) | FIU 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
Middle Tennessee continues to dominate the Sun Belt and the eastern division with an 11-1 record and a 10-game winning streak. Western Kentuck sits ins econd with a 9-3 league record. FIU and Florida Atlantic are both 7-5 while South Alabama is 5-7. Troy remains winless at 0-11. Arkansas State is 9-3, carrying a current seven-game winning streak and leads the western division. North Texas is 7-5 while UALR is 6-6. UL-Lafayette is last in the division with a 1-11 SBC record. Jerica Coley leads the league in scoring at 24.4 points per game. The current SBC Player of the Week, Ebony Rowe, is second with 21.3 points per game. Chastity Gooch leads the league with 11.4 rebounds per game.
A LOOK AT THE WARHAWKS
ULM collected its first back-to-back wins of the season with a 90-86 win at Florida Atlantic on Wednesday. The 90 points was the most scored since the 83 in 2010 against FAU and ULM shot 52.2%. Five playes finished in double figures for the second time this season and the 11th in program history. Alexar and Elexar Tugler led the way at FAU with 19 points each, a career-high for Elexar. Alexar also pulled down 10 boards for her first double-double of the season. LSWA Player of the Week, Ashleigh Simmons picked up her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds, scoring in double-figures for the tenth straight game. The Warhawks will go three straight wins at FIU on Saturday for the first time since wins over Northwestern State, Western Kentucky and Arkansas State from Dec. 21, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010. The win over Troy on Jan. 10 was the 50th all-time Sun Belt for ULM. Seven Warhawks have led ULM in scoring this season. At #18 Texas on Dec. 11, ULM attempted 41 free throws, it was the first time the squad tallied 40 or more FTs in a single game since Dec. 21, 1999 (W, 66-65 vs. New Orleans). The Warhawk program is one win away from 600 all-time victories. Mona Martin needs three wins for 250 and ULM is three home wins away from 300 inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
FIU will enter Saturday’s game with a 13-8 overall record and a 7-5 mark in Sun Belt play. The Panthers are coming off a 61-51 loss at home agaisnt Sun Belt leader Middle Tennessee on Thursday, which snapped a three-game winning streak for FIU. In that game, the Panthers scored just 19 points in the half and a strong second half would prove to be not enough. Junior guard Jerica Coley leads the nation with 24.4 points per game. Coley was held to just 19 points against the Blue Raiders. Junior center Marita Davydova is scoring 10.2 points per game and leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game. Head coach Cindy Russo (Old Dominion, 1975) is in her 34th season at FIU and carries a 643-337 record.
FIU VS. ULM SERIES
ULM trails the all-times series 4-3. The series began in 2007 with the Warhakws taking two of the first three meetings. The Panthers have won the last two meetings. The two programs met once in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, in 2011, when FIU won 52-51. The Panthers won last season’s meeting 65-55 in Miami.
WARHAWK TO WATCH
Junior guard Elexar Tugler scored a career-high 19 points in the 90-86 win at Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, to lead with ULM in scoring as Alexar Tugler also scored 19 points. Elexar also handed out a team-high five assists. Most importantly, Elexar was 7-for-10 from the free throw line, including some clutch free throws as the game came to a close.
LAST TIME OUT
ULM (5-15, 3-8) used an offensive explosion to beat Florida Atlantic (10-10, 7-5) on Wednesday night, 90-86. It was the most points since Dec. 29, 2010 against FAU (83). ULM collected its first back-to-back wins of the season as it tied up the all-time series at four wins apiece while handing FAU its first home Sun Belt loss of the season. Five Warhawks scored in double figures for the 11th time in program history and the second time this season. Alexar and Elexar Tugler led ULM with 19 points, a career-high for Elexar while Alexar also pulled down 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Ashleigh Simmons collected her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Christina Gray, perhaps the player of the game, finished with 12 points but took two charges towards the end of the game, hit two clutch free throws and collected a steal at a crucial time. Alayshia Hunter chipped in 11 points.
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.
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. Simmons did it again against Florida Atlantic with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Simmons picked up her third such performance against Middle Tennessee with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. Simmons went back-to-back at South Alabama with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Simmons did it again, for the fifth time at FAU, with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Alexar Tugler also got in on the act for the first time this season with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
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.
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.
With the 79-74 win over Troy on Jan. 26, ULM swept the regular season series versus Troy. The Warhawks won the first meeting , 75-69. Those are the most and second most points ULM has scored this season. The Marron & Gold did not sweep and SBC opponent last year but did do it three times in 2010-11 over North Texas, Arkansas State and UL-Lafayette.
The roster may currently have just have two double-digit scorers but ULM makes up for that with scoring depth. Seven Warhawks have led the team in scoring this season and this balanced attack was highlighted by the win at Troy. Five players scored in double-figures for the first time since Feb. 18, 2002 and the 10th time in program history. Elexar Tugler had 13, Jasmine Shaw and Alexar Tugler scored 12, Ashleigh Simmons poured in 11 while Jae Shin chipped in 10. The Warhawks accomplished the feat again at FAU on Jan. 30 for the 11th time in program history as Alexar and Elexar Tugler led the way with 19, Simmons with 14, Christina Gray scored 12 while Alayshia Hunter chipped in 11.
Head Coach Mona Martin coached her 500th game at UALR on Dec. 1. The program is one win away from 600 all-time victories. Martin needs three wins for 250. ULM is three home wins away from 300 inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The win against Troy on Jan. 26 was the program’s 50th Sun Belt victory.
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.
ULM will return home on Feb. 7 as UALR visits Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The Trojans won the season’s first meetin in Little Rock, 71-54. UALR leads the all-time series 15-3.