Warhawk Women at Home on Thursday Against UALR

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Monroe, La. – The ULM women’s basketball team will be back at home on Thursday night against Little Rock as the Warhawks take part in the American Cancer Society Suits and Sneakers Initiative. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

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Coaches vs Cancer: The ULM coaching staffs are joining fellow coaching staffs throughout the country in trading their dress shoes for basketball sneakers as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week during this week’s games. The nationwide Suits and Sneakers Week unites basketball coaches across the country for a common cause – saving lives from cancer. Coaching staffs wear sneakers with their suits while coaching games to raise awareness about the fight against cancer, share the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing one’s risk of the disease and promote the American Cancer Society as a place for people facing cancer to turn for free information, help, and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Supporting Our Own: In addition, the Sun Belt Conference is coming together to raise awareness and donations in support of Appalachian State women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin’s fight against endometrial cancer at this weekend’s game on Thursday and Saturday.

Last Time Out: The Warhawks faced UTA and the Mavericks took an 18-7 lead after the first quarter and received 39 bench points on the way to the win. 

Last time vs. Little Rock: The last time that the teams met this year, the Warhawks were held to only nine points in the first half for a 78-34 Trojan win in Little Rock, Ark. The Trojans were the second SBC matchup of the season for the Warhawks.

Home Court: ULM will play seven out of its 11 remaining regular season games at home. The team takes on Little Rock Thursday before welcoming in Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon, and then also hosts Troy (Feb. 9), South Alabama (Feb. 11), Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 18), UTA (Mar 2) and Texas State (Mar 4) inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Opponent: Little Rock sits at the top of the Sun Belt with an unblemished 7-0 conference record. The Trojans finished their nonconference schedule at an even 6-6 keel. The last time that the teams met this year the Warhawks were held to only nine points in the first half for a 78-34 final in Little Rock, Ark.

On the backstretch: The Warhawks are on the second half of their schedule with only 11 games left in the regular season, with all 11 of those games coming against SBC opponents. ULM has now played 18 games, with seven of those coming against conference opponents.                       

FROM COACH DOW

“Little Rock is arguably the best team in the conference. Certainly being undefeated to this point is impressive on their part. Again, they are a tremendous team defensively in their half court man-to-man. Offensively is where they have shown a lot of improvement since Sun Belt play has started. The fact that they are averaging over 70 points in a game certainly speaks to that. Sharde’ Collins is averaging over 20 points a game in conference and then you combine her with Kaitlyn Pratt who is averaging over 18. Obviously they have a lot of help in the process. They are a tough team to defend. There is a lot of constant movement, a lot of screens. So we have our work cut out for us.”

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