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UTA women can’t stop Troy in second half, lose big on road

UTA’s Cierra Johnson scored a career-high 26 points in a losing effort at Troy on Thusrday night.
UTA’s Cierra Johnson scored a career-high 26 points in a losing effort at Troy on Thusrday night. Star-Telegram

Ashley Beverly-Kelly scored 24 points and the Troy offense was too much for UT Arlington’s conference-leading defense as the Trojans rolled to an 88-71 victory on Thursday night.

It was eighth consecutive game of 20 points or more for Beverly-Kelly, the Sun Belt Conference’s leading scorer who sparked a second-half push for Troy (9-5, 4-1 Sun Belt).

I love Cierra’s attitude and the fight she has in her. She isn’t afraid of anybody and attacks and gets after it. She is a competitor and I am really proud of her effort.

UTA coach Krista Gerlich on Cierra Johnson

Cierra Johnson scored a career-high 26 points for the Mavericks (7-7, 2-2), who had a three-game road winning streak snapped. Rebekah VanDijk had her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks.

After a tight first half, Troy scored the first eight points of the second half to open a 43-31 lead. The Trojans outscored the Mavericks 30-14 in the third quarter for a 65-45 lead and they cruised the rest of the way.

The Trojans shot 50 percent from the field, and hit four 3-pointers in the decisive third period. UTA shot just 35.7 percent and turned the ball over 13 times. The 88 points were the most UTA has allowed this season.

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