Taylor Gault scored 20 points off the bench, and Arkansas-Little Rock rode a 20-2 run to close the first half to send the UT Arlington women to a 64-57 loss Saturday night at College Park Center.
After jumping out to an early 9-2 lead and going up 14-7 on Laila Suleiman’s 3-pointer with 13:52 to go in the first half, the Mavericks (1-12, 0-2 Sun Belt) failed to score for the next 11:27 while the Trojans (6-6, 1-1) built a lead they never gave up.
UTA made a late push in the second half, getting as close as five points with a little under 4 minutes left, but UALR was able to close the game out with free throws to hand the Mavericks yet another loss.
“It’s a mindset,” UTA coach Krista Gerlich said. “It’s a mentality, and we’ve got to figure out how to dig deep and believe in ourselves.”
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Desherra Nwanguma led the Mavericks with 14 points. Suleiman added 13, and Tahlia Pope contributed eight points and six rebounds.
Gault led all scorers and went 7 for 8 from the free-throw line. Kiera Clark had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans, who beat UTA for the first time in three meetings.
The Mavericks next play Louisiana-Monroe (4-9, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at home.