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January 10, 2013

ULM picks up first SBC win

TROY, Ala. -- ULM (3-12, 1-5) used clutch free throws in the second half to pick up its first Sun Belt win of the season at Troy (3-12, 0-6) on Thursday afternoon. The Warhawks have now won three straight over Troy and five of the last six meetings.

Five Warhawks scored in double-figures for the first time since Feb. 18, 2002. Elexar Tuglerled the way with 13 points. Alexar Tugler and Jasmine Shaw scored 12 points each while Ashleigh Simmons collected 11 and Jae Shin scored 10 points. Christina Gray pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds.

ULM went 23-of-30 from the free throw line and outrebounded Troy 50-49.

The Warhawks caused four early turnovers and led 4-0 to open the contest. Jae Shincontinued her strong shooting and knocked down two three-pointers and ULM led 10-9 with 13:35 left in the half.

A 7-0 run gave the visitors a 17-12 lead with nine minutes left before halftime. ULM led 21-20 at the seven-minute media timeout.

Shaw knocked down a triple to stretch ULM's lead to 28-22, with just over four minutes left before the break. At halftime, ULM trailed 33-32, as Elexar Tugler and Shin led the way with six points each.

The Trojans jumped out to 41-36 advantage with 16:54 left in the second half. Alayshia Hunter grabbed an offensive rebound and tied the game at 41-41at the 15:40 mark.

Tyler Holley gave ULM a 51-49 lead with 13:19 on the clock on a great assist from Alexar Tugler. Ashleigh Simmons was forced to head to the bench with her fourth foul as

Troy trimmed deficit to one, 55-54, with 10:16 left in the game. The Warhawks held onto a three-point lead, 59-56, with 7:42 remaining. ULM struggled to connect from the field and a seven-minute field goal drought allowed Troy to hang around.

Alexar Tugler collected ULM's first field goal since the 11:36 mark with 3:38 left in the game to give the Warhawks a 63-62 lead. An excellent move from Simmons gave ULM a 65-62 lead.

Shin knocked down a 25-footer to beat the shot clock and give the Warhawks a 68-62 lead with 1:43 on the clock.

Clutch free throws down the stretch sealed the win for ULM.

Sun Belt power Middle Tennessee visits Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Saturday for a 2 p.m. clash.

Coach Martin Quotes

"I was upset at halftime because in that last minute we gave up a six-point lead and we turned the ball over twice and took a poor shot. That was disappointing as went into the break."

"I talked at halftime how we need to take care of the ball. We made them abandon their press. We will take anything under 20 turnovers."

"We were effective tonight against the zone. We got Jae a couple good looks but I think the long three from Jae was the back-breaker."

"I love our effort and we are still doing some things that freshman and sophomore do but we worked really hard. We kept fighting."



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