Hearing former UALR Coach Porter Moser will interview at Loyola-Chicago

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Report out that former UALR Coach Porter Moser, currently the associate head coach at Saint Louis, will interview for the coaching job at Loyola-Chicago.
Moser spent three seasons at UALR, winning 18 games in each. He then left for Illinois State and was replaced by current UALR Coach Steve Shields, who was Moser's assistant during those three years.

UALR's Gus Leeper needs your votes

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ESPN has a NCAA Tournament Coolest Names bracket going on right now. Among the second-round contenders is UALR's Gus Leeper. Give him your vote here:

UALR commit Taggart Lockhart named all-state in Oklahoma

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   UALR commitment Taggart Lockhart of Talihina, Okla., was named All-State on Tuesday by the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association. He will play in the Small School All-State basketball game on July 28 at Oral Roberts in Tulsa.
   Lockhart is a 6-5 guard/forward who committed to play for UALR earlier this week. He joins spring commitment Michael Javes and fall signees Reggie Fondren, James White and Will Neighbour in the Trojans' 2011 recruiting class.
http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/highschool/article.aspx?subjectid=230&articleid=20110329_230_0_Booker745741

UALR's Solomon Bozeman named honorable mention All-America

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   Quite a few guys on this list, but still a nice accomplishment for UALR's Solomon Bozeman to be named an honorable mention for The Associated Press' All-America Team.
   Bozeman was also first team All-Sun Belt Conference and the Sun Belt's regular season player of the year and postseason tournament most outstanding player.
   See the list here:

UALR to host appreciation day for basketball teams on April 6

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UALR will host an appreciation day on April 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center.
Here’s the letter UALR sent out earlier today:
   Trojan Fans,
   Come out to the Jack Stephens Center at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 6 to congratulate your men's and women's basketball teams on their success this season and their NCAA Tournament Appearances. Both teams and coaches will be on hand to mix and mingle with fans, answer questions, and talk about the great year for the program.
   Also that night, you will be able to confirm the renewal of your season tickets for the 2011 - 2012 season. Next year, UALR will be hosting the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds at the Jack Stephens Center. In order to plan accordingly for that event, ticket renewals will begin in April for next season.
   Both Coach Shields and Coach Foley will address the crowd at the event. You will also hear about the new players each coach has signed for next season. Lastly, your five Seniors from the men's team and three Seniors from the women's team will have a chance to say thank you and goodbye to the Trojan faithful.
   See you next Wednesday, April 6 at the Jack Stephens Center.
One issue though. The spring signing period doesn’t begin until April 13. Therefore, coaches will not be able to talk about players that may sign in the spring. However, they will be able to discuss those who signed in November.

Talihina's Taggart Lockhart commits to play for UALR

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   Vype in Oklahoma was first to report it and Burn The Horse now has confirmation. Talihina (Okla.) guard/forward Taggart Lockhart committed to sign with UALR on Saturday. Read Vype's story here:
http://www.ihigh.com/vypethreerivers/article_59510.html
   Taggart fills a need at the off guard/small forward position with the graduation of Alex Garcia-Mendoza. UALR's only returnee at that spot is senior Tramar Sutherland.
Taggart Lockhart (23)
   UALR signed junior college combo guard Reggie Fondren, forward Will Neighbour (who will be a sophomore next season) and high school forward James White in the fall period. The Trojans also have a commitment from high school big man Michael Javes.
   And it appears the Trojans are still in the hunt for shooting guards, a spot they remain thin with the graduations of Solomon Bozeman and Matt Mouzy.
   Lockhart's team won the state championship this year and lost in the state championship each of the past two years. Read about the state championship here:
http://newsok.com/class-2a-state-tournament-taggart-lockhart-leads-talihina-boys-to-state-title/article/3548406
   Lockhart made an unofficial visit to UALR when the Trojans hosted North Texas in the final game of the regular season. Here's another award he won:
http://ouhoops.com/?p=5758
   Lockhart averaged 24 points per game this season. We're not sure of all of the schools he ultimately was offered scholarships by, but one was Central Arkansas. He was also apparently getting a lot of recent attention from other schools in the region.
  Right now, UALR has six scholarships to give with the departure of Bozeman, Mouzy, Garcia-Mendoza, Derrick Bails, Montrell Thornton and Reggie Sonnier.


CBS' Greg Anthony disses UALR on pregame broadcast today

 Anybody catch what CBS’ Greg Anthony said on the CBS pregame show today?
 They were discussing a lower seed's confidence in the NCAA Tournament and how things have changed since Anthony's days at UNLV.
  Anthony went on to say that the year they won the championship they played a No. 16 seed and before the game the opposing teams’ players were asking the UNLV players for their jerseys and for autographs.
   That year was 1990. And that No. 16 seed was UALR.
   UALR lost that game 102-72 and Duke rolled through the NCAA Tournament, beating Duke by 30 points in the championship game.
   Good story, if it's true. But it's highly doubtful a Mike Newell-coached team would have that approach.

UALR signee James White named all-state in Georgia

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James White, who plays for Jonesboro High School in Georgia, signed with UALR last fall.He was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-State Team.
http://www.mycountypaper.com/claytonsports/headlines/Local_players_named_to_the_GACA_all-state_team_118553509.html

BTH Need to Read (3/23): After ousting UALR, Wisconsin-Green Bay advances to Sweet 16

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  When the NCAA Women's Tournament bracket was announced, I didn't like UALR's first-round draw against Wisconsin-Green Bay. I just thought it was a similar, but slightly better version of the Trojans. However, I did like the second round matchup against Michigan State.
   Well, Green Bay proved that on Tuesday by beating Michigan State to advance to the Sweet 16.
http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2011/03/michigan_state_women_out_in_se.html
   Green Bay moves on to play Baylor next.

UALR's postgame quotes from Wichita

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UALR Women’s Basketball NCAA Tournament Post-Game Quotes
Round 1 – March 20, 2011 – Wichita, Kan.

Postgame Press Conference Quotes

Student-Athlete: Chastity Reed

On a tough loss and her career coming to an end…
“I’m disappointed of course. It’s not so much I’m mad that we, lost of course I hate losing more than anything, but I’m really just going to miss this team.”

On Green Bay’s momentum shift…
“We wanted to try to stop it no matter what. Whatever we could do, try something. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.”

Disappointment of not making it past the first round…
“I just felt like I let my team down. And my coach.”

How you represented your team today…
“I think we represent the university every time we step out the door.  I think we did well today representing Arkansas Little Rock.”

Student-Athlete: Asriel Rolfe
On playing her final game with her teammates…
“We won’t ever play together again. I wasn’t thinking about that during the game, but it definitely hits you afterwards.”

On Green Bay’s run…
“We had to try to stop that run they were on and counteract that.”

On her team’s effort
“We didn’t get the win, but we played hard the whole game.”

Head Coach Joe Foley
On the game…
“I thought it was a great ball game by both teams.  I thought both teams played hard. I thought both teams got a little tired in the end because they played so hard.  Their zone hurt us the first half.  I hated that we had to play each other right off the bat.  I think both of us are top quality teams.”

On the rise of the Sun Belt Conference…
“I think it was huge for the Sun Belt.  We’re starting to get two, three, and four teams in postseason play.  It shows the strength of our schools and what we’ve done.  It’s definitely a huge step.”

On losing his seniors…
“You coach these kids for four years. You see them grow into great players.  You feel so good about the way their careers went.  Four postseason tournaments. It’s time to move on and start with a new bunch.  They’ll be ready for the challenge.”

On Chastity Reed…
“I haven’t coached a competitor like that in 30 years of coaching. She’s going to beat you. That kid wants to win and she doesn’t like to lose.”


Locker Room Quotes…

Student-Athlete: Janette Merriex
Regarding Green Bay’s zone defense…
“It didn’t catch us off guard. We just had to execute it better. We already knew to expect that they would change the defenses up.”

On looking ahead to next year…   
“We all have just got to play hard. That’s all that is.”

Student-Athlete: Marian Kursh
On her early foul trouble…
“It’s really disappointing. I should have been smarter. I should have known that they were going to double team me and go at me.”

Sorry no postgame quotes; Wichita State has dropped the ball

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   We'd love to bring you the postgame quotes from UALR's 59-55 loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay in the NCAA Women's Tournament, but they still haven't been posted.
   It's 10:39 p.m. and the game has been over by about four hours. And Wichita State has still not updated their Website with the postgame quotes.
   If/When they put them up tomorrow, we'll get them on here ASAP.
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UPDATE (5:24)
Well, they updated the site, but failed to put the UALR quotes on there. Sorry folks Looks like it's not going to happen.

UALR loses 59-55 to Green Bay in first round of NCAA Women's Tournament

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Chastity Reed ends her career with 24 points, making 11 of 19 field goal attempts, but it isn't enough as UALR falls to Wisconsin-Green Bay 59-55 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament in Wichita, Kan.
The game ends the spectacular careers of Reed, Asriel Rolfe and Shanika Butler.

UALR vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay second half blog #NCAA Women

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55   59
It's a fnal. 59-55.

Reed hits a 3 but UALR trails 56-52 with 12.5 left.  GB hits 1st. GB hits 2nd.  It's 58-52.

Call that foul. What is Asriel Rolfe supposed to do. Clear foul, no call.  And ESPN's lovefest continues.

Why is Chastity Reed shooting that 3 with 50 seconds left down 4.? Still down 53-49 with 41 left.

This is one of only a handful of times UALR has tried to full-court press this season. UALR gets a stop and Ford hits a jumper. 53-49. 1:24

Looked like Butler would go to the line with a chance to cut lead to 4. Instead, she fouls out. UALR still down six.

That is an absolutely awful call that fouls Shanika Butler out of this game. Officials have made her a non-factor http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

UALR missing wide open shots. Rolfe make right there would have been big. Green Bay leads 53-45 with 2:32 left http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Butler? Merriex? Rolfe? One of these three is going to have to make some shots for UALR http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Reed hits another but Green Bay answers with a 3. UALR calls timeout down 48-41 with 5:43 left. Need to make a run http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

UALR has played 9 games decided by 10 or fewer points since the last time Green Bay played in one. http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Green Bay hasn't played a game decided by 10 points or less since Jan. 27. http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

UALR vs. Green Bay is on your standard definition ESPN2 channel or on DirecTV 733 or Dish Network 148 in Arkansas.  http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Great pass by Merriex to Reed for BL jumper. UALR goes up 36-34 with 12:05 left Reed's got 15 http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Chastity Reed again. She's hit 3 in a row. UALR goes up 32-30  http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Officials are awful in this game. Both ways. Reed hits back to back shots and UALR ties it 30-30.  http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Butler drives to the basket and gets fouled but they don't call it. Then they call a fourth foul on Butler. UALR not getting any help, 30-26

Green Bay leads UALR 28-23 at halftime. We'll pick up the second half right here in a few minutes.

UALR vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay first half blog

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23      28
Halftime. Green Bay leads UALR 28-23. Great start, but 11 turnovers hurt Trojans in the first half. http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7
Rolfe's shot has been really off, but she hits that FTL jumper . Maybe that will get UALR going. Down 25-23 http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

UALR's Scribner out of mothballs to hit two free throws. Ties game 21-21. First action since before SBT  http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Green Bay flops to draw another charge vs. Reed.  She's got two fouls now. Trojans need to maintain until half. http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Coach Foley has already called two timeouts in this first half. Very unusual to see him call many before halftime. http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Green Bay on 7-0 run to tie game up at 17-17.  Asiah Scribner getting some minutes early. She didn't play in Sun Belt T http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Green Bay switches to that extended zone and UALR throws it away twice.  Coach Foley calls timeout to switch some things up.

Sucks that we can't get this UALR Wisconsin-Green Bay game in HD.  ESPN needs to fix this for next year.

Green Bay looks out of sync early in this game. This is usually when UALR struggles to score. Not tonight. 15-8 UALR http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

UALR hasn't missed a shot as we go to the first break. Trojans lead Green Bay 15-8 with 13:22 left http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Butler penetrates, Reed nails a 3 to give UALR a 6-4 lead. But Trojans fall asleep for rev. layup. Tied 6-6.  http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Kursh gets her second foul callled against her. Both were questionable. And now another call vs. UALR.   http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Green Bay is flopping all over the place on defense. Officials need to adjust. UALR's Kursh 3 point play cuts lead to 4-3. http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

Green Bay getting far too much respect from these officials so far. Two off. fouls vs. UALR in first 3 possessions http://bit.ly/fE3Vm7

4:11 p.m. - Here's another plus for the UALR game. We think we just saw official Darci Doll calling that Texas A&M game. Good for us, bad for them.

4:04 p.m. - All remains right and good in the world. UALR rallies to beat Arkansas State, takes 2 of 3 in the series.

3:57 p.m. - UALR has take the court. Note that the Trojan are wearing new Nike kicks (just like all the other Nike teams in this tourney (and the men's tourney).

3:53 p.m. - The ESPN love-fest for Green Bay is setting the Phoenix up for a fall.

3:45 p.m. - Tip time is scheduled for 4:20 p.m. Check back at burnthehorse.blogspot.com for game updates

BTH Predictions (3/20) UALR vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay women #NCAA

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We'll keep checking for more predictions throughout the day. Here's what we've seen so far:

Real Time RPI: Green Bay 71, UALR 60
Jeff Sagarin: Green Bay 89, UALR 75
President Barack O'Bama: Green Bay
ESPN's Charlie Creme: Green Bay
ESPN's Michelle Voepel: Green Bay
ESPN's Rebecca Lobo: Green Bay
ESPN's Graham Hays: Green Bay
ESPN's Melanie Jackson: Green Bay
Women Talk Sports: Green Bay

BTH Need to Read (3/20): UALR, UW-Green Bay square off in Wichita

UALR vs. UWGB
4:20 p.m. today
Wichita, Kansas
ESPN2
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Story about UW-Green Bay in the Wichita Eagle:
http://www.kansas.com/2011/03/20/1771128/close-games-a-rarity-for-wisconsin.html
The Eagle's UALR-UWGB notebook
http://www.kansas.com/2011/03/20/1771130/arkansas-little-rock-wisconsin.html
Wichita's reputation is on the line:
http://www.kansas.com/2011/03/20/1771083/wichita-can-augment-its-reputation.html
Green Bay Post-Gazette story:
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110320/GPG020101/303200029/NCAA-women-Opposite-styles-winning-formula-Phoenix-s-Bollant-Divilbiss?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|GPG-Sports

Notes and quotes from UALR's media day appearance on Saturday in Wichita

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UALR Women’s Basketball NCAA Tournament Notes & Quotes
Round 1 March 19 Wichita, KS

University of Arkansas Little Rock season notes
The big three (Rolfe, Butler, Reed) will graduate as one of the most successful senior class
Chastity Reed was named 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year – averaged 19.4 p.p.g. and 6.3 rebounds.
Shankia Butler was named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
4-1 record when playing at neutral site, 4-0 when playing on Sunday and 3-1 when playing on a Tuesday.
Played Division II until 1999
Returned 4 starters (Rolfe, Butler, Reed, Kursh)
Records
Reed is the first female or male basketball player to surpass 2,000 career points, (2,183)

Postseason History
First automatic NCAA Tournament bid after winning Sun Belt Conference Tournament title for the first time.
Second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance
Projected Starters
3            Asriel Rolfe                        5’6”            Senior from Dallas, TX
10            Shanika Butler                        5’7”            Senior from St. Louis, MO
20            Chastity Reed                        6’1”            Senior from New Orleans, LA           
34            Janette Merriex            5’10”            Sophomore from Wichita Falls, TX
54            Marian Kursh                        6’0”            Junior from Fort Smith, ARK

First Round Locker Room quotes - March 19, 2011 – Wichita, Kan.

Student-Athlete:  Janette Merriex
 “It’s exciting to be here. Last year we got to see how it actually feels, and just to be back in this atmosphere is a great feeling. We have to be in good position with the ball and help side defense, stay between your man and the ball. I’m not the one standing around, like ‘Oh, I don’t know’ now I can actually do something to also contribute to the team.”
Student-Athlete: Marian Krush
"Individually and as a team we are ready and comfortable, we know what to do and we
kind of know what to expect from being here previous years before."

"It feels great, we've won it three years in a row the first time we got a bid, the
second time we got really, really close and for this time for us to win and actually
getting through was a great experience."

"No we work on what they do and we work on what we need to do to perform and excel
to our best abilities."

First Round Press Conference Quotes - March 19, 2011 – Wichita, Kan.
Student-Athlete: Chastity Reed
“I know what they are going to do on the floor, I’m sure they know what I am going to do on the floor. Ya know we are going to go hard and count on each other for everything.”

“I think it would help us if the game is close, and if not it would make us play hard anyway.”

“I like playing a team like this. You never know where the point is going to come from, it’s not like you have to just key in on one person, so it’s going to be a team effort cause I would rather it be a team effort than just one or two people trying to shut one person down. It’s going to be a good challenge.”

“I guess last year is last year, now we’ve got to move on and play positions like it’s the last one.”

“Usually before a game, I don’t really get antsy about anything, just like to focus on what we been trying to execute during practice and just think about it as much as possible cause there’s not a lot of time to prepare, but we’ve had more time than usual so I feel like we’ve prepared enough.”
team.”

Coach Joe Foley:
“This has brought us so much visibility to our program last year. So many more people are involved in our program in Little Rock, so much pride developing in Little Rock, so to do it back to back, now they know it wasn’t a one shot deal. So I think people are realizing that we have a great program and that we have something to be a part of. You can tell it by how many people we had coming to our games this year. If we increase that again and again, that’s great progress.”
“When you get used to beating people as bad as they’ve been beating them, you don’t get that close at the end of games, sometimes your kids are thinking ‘What’s happening, these guys are playing with u and we are use to blowing people out.’ You know instead of just worrying about executing. When you have been in a lot of close games you don’t get that variety. Our next possession is meaningful but it’s not the end of it so you don’t rush as much.”
“All mid-major programs are in that situation and when you’ve won a lot of games it’s tough. And I’m sure that is where the committee has their biggest problems with strength of schedule, mainly because the big schools won’t play the small teams because they want to maintain their RPI, and we do just the opposite, we try to get into as many hard games in non-conference because our conference play don’t play as hard of games as we do or as Middle Tennessee does.”
“The Last two or three years we have had a lot of juniors and seniors and so I think you can tell a difference in the program. We’ve been going for a while and we’ve got our kids and there and they start becoming juniors and seniors and leaders. Then they can tell the freshman coming in what it’s like playing in this program and what it’s going to be like. And the freshmen accept it a lot better coming from the seniors especially when you’ve had success. It’s hard to build anything until you’ve had success.”
“We are always the underdog, we’ve been the underdog for a while, that’s not a bad role to be in, in this situation. Green Bay is a great program and their coach has done a great job. And I think he realizes like I realize that we both play similar. That this game could get a little ugly. They do a great job defensively and we do a great job defensively, they run motion offense, we run motion offense so it’s going to be two teams who really know a lot about how to play in this particular situation. It’s going to come down to, I think, who gets in foul trouble and who has the hot hand.”

And here's Wisconsin-Green Bay's quotes:
http://www.goshockers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7500&ATCLID=205119776

UALR vs Green Bay preview #NCAA

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Here' The Associated Press story from today's press conferences in Wichita, Kan.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/with-best-record-in-country-but-a-no-5-seed-green-bay-hopes-to-strike-a-blow-for-mid-majors/2011/03/19/AB8Y70w_story.html

More from the Green Bay Press-Gazette
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110319/GPG020101/110319032/NCAA-women-UWGB-feels-right-home-Wichita?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CGPG-Sports%7Cp

And from Fox Sports
http://msn.foxsports.com/wcbk/story/Midmajors-in-Wichita-look-to-make-statement-02565456

More on the TV for tomorrow's game. Dan McLaughlin will do the play-by-play. He also did UALR's games last year in Norman, Okla.
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/03/19/2737700/espn-not-likely-to-linger-in-any.html

BTH Need to Read (3/19) UALR's Asriel Rolfe has a family connection in Wichita

UALR vs. UW-Green Bay
4:20 p.m. Sunday
Wichita, Kan.
ESPN2
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The Wichita Eagle has a nice tournament notebook, including some info on Asriel Rolfe's family in Wichita:
http://www.kansas.com/2011/03/19/1769568/city-welcomes-players-fans.html

And a Wichita Eagle story about UALR facing Green Bay:
http://www.kansas.com/2011/03/19/1769545/little-rock-sees-a-little-of-itself.html

Read about Wisconsin-Green Bay's Julie Wojta in the Green Bay Press-Gazette
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110319/GPG020101/303190020/Women-s-basketball-Wojta-rewards-UWGB-s-patience-stellar-season?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|GPG-Sports

UW-Green Bay Coach breaks down UALR #NCAA Women

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Pretty good analysis on UALR and what they want to do both offensively and defensively.

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Derek Fisher kept UALR in the spotlight last night on NBC's Minute To Win It

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There were a couple of nice "University of Arkansas at Little Rock" references last night on NBC's Minute To Win It
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A look at UALR's opponent Wisconsin-Green Bay

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UALR women vs. UW-Green Bay
4:20 p.m. Sunday
Wichita, Kansas
The UALR women take on Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sunday in Wichita, Kansas.
Here's a look at the Green Bay coach:
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110317/GPG02/103170504/Mike-Vandermause-column-UWGB-happy-Bollant?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|GPG-Sports
More on Green Bay from the Wichita Eagle:
http://www.kansas.com/2011/03/15/1763126/green-bay-season-close-to-perfection.html#storylink=misearch


Derek Fisher tells UALR to "hold your heads up"

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From Derek Fisher's Twitter account last night
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Watch for UALR's Derek Fisher tonight on NBC's Minute to Win It

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  Former UALR and current Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher is appearing on NBC's Minute To Win It game show tonight with Lakers' teammate Shannon Brown. Fisher is playing for the UALR foundation as his charity.
   It starts at 7 p.m. Central
Fisher and Brown begin the episode with “Nice Build” where they must work together to build a three level pyramid of 15 paper reams on a table. Other games include: Whippersnapper, Speed Eraser, Cantenna, Gettin Juggy With It, Knock It Off, Ball Cap. Guy Fieri hosts.

UALR fans can vote for Chastity Reed as nation's Premier Player

UALR SPORTS INFORMATION 
   Senior forward Chastity Reed has been selected by fans as a finalist for the 2011 Premier Player of College Basketball Award for women’s basketball.  Reed is one of five finalists with fans able to vote from now until April 4th at www.premierplayers.com.
   The New Orleans, La.-native joins Elena Delle Donne of Delaware, Jasmine Thomas of Duke, Kachine Alexander of Iowa, and Maya Moore of Connecticut as the finalists.
   Reed, the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player, leads the Trojans in points averaging 19.4 per game and in rebounds averaging 6.3 per game.
Reed has helped lead UALR to four-straight Sun Belt West Division titles, the team’s first-ever Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship, and four-straight post-season appearances including the second-straight NCAA berth.
   Fans can vote now for the overall winner of The Premier Player Trophy.  The winners of both the men’s and women’s basketball award will join Ryan Mallett, quarterback of the University of Arkansas, as being the first recipients of the award in their particular sport.
   Polls close on April 4th with the trophies being presented on April 16th in Charlotte, N.C. prior to the tip-off of the Jordan Brand Classic Basketball Tournament at the Time Warner Arena.
  Go to www.premierplayers.com and vote now for Chastity Reed!

Leeper's foul out proves costly for UALR in loss to UNC-Asheville

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  Will try to update the UALR season stats later today, but wanted to get the plus/minus ratings from last night’s game on here as quickly as possible.
   It appeared the big blow for UALR last night came when Solomon Bozeman fouled out in the final minute of regulation. And that certainly didn’t help.
   But it appears the bigger loss came minutes earlier when Gus Leeper fouled out. Leeper was by far the best in the plus/minus on Tuesday. He finished with a +14 with UALR outscoring UNC-Asheville 41-27 with him on the court.
   He was one of only two Trojans with a plus-side rating on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the other was Bozeman, who was a +3 before fouling out. UALR outscored Asheville 62-59 with him on the court.
   The other obvious thing last night was the drop off in production when UALR went to the bench. Normally steady subs like Matt Mouzy, Chuck Guy, Tramar Sutherland and Montrell Thornton couldn’t hold things together when the starters exited the game.

UALR postgame quotes

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Here's what was said after the game last night:

THE MODERATOR: We're joined by UALR coach Steve Shields and student-athletes D'Andre Williams, Solomon Bozeman and Alex Garcia-Mendoza. Coach, an opening statement.
COACH SHIELDS: I guess I'll start by talking about these five seniors that we had on this year's team and the run they made right here toward the end of the season. I couldn't be more proud of these guys, their tenacity, their togetherness, and their toughness through the end of the season.
I have to give Asheville a lot of credit. They showed some toughness of their own by their finishing it when you've got Primm and Dickey as excellent guards, both of them had 22 points.
But I think coming off our year we had a year ago where these five seniors were juniors and the recommitment they made coming out of that season after we lost Mike Smith in our first conference game to start last season and how we didn't handle adversity as well as we would have liked, I'm proud of these guys. Solomon and Alex were captains and Courtney Jackson, a junior, and I think they've led this team extremely well.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for the student-athletes.

Q. Solomon, how would you describe how Dickey got away from you guys in the second half? What was he doing?
SOLOMON BOZEMAN: Just coming off of a lot of ball screens. He made some big-time plays coming off of ball screens and coming out of staggers. And we wasn't able to contain him.

Q. Coach, how much would you contribute this loss to Leeper and Bozeman not being in in the end?
COACH SHIELDS: Obviously that hurt us not having those guys in the game. I mean, anytime you've got a guy who is Player of the Year in the league and MVP of our conference tournament sitting over there with us, it certainly hurts your team. And Gus has been very solid for us lately, especially defending ball screens and positioning from a defensive standpoint.
And as Solomon alluded to, we didn't guard their ball screens in the second half as well as we have been as of late and as well as we needed to tonight.
When you look at the first half, and we had held them to 35, 37 most of the half, percentage from the floor. A goal of ours is 40 percent or less, and the last three and a half minutes they made a little run. It's 45 percent from the floor in the first half, and then 55 percent from the floor in the second half, and then 2 for 3, 67 in overtime.
And we just struggled to guard in the second half and get stops without fouling.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you. Questions for Coach.

Q. Steve, being here with this First Four concept and participating in it for the first time, improvement over the play-in game? I know you weren't in the play-in game before, but what were your thoughts on the whole setup here?
COACH SHIELDS: We haven't been in a play-in game. I'm sorry. I thought you said we were in a play-in game. We were excited to be here.
And we weren't just satisfied with being here. And that's the thing that I think these five seniors showed with their start of the game. I mean, we came here expecting to win, as Asheville did.
And that's why there's so much disappointment in our locker room over there. And gave ourselves a chance to win. You think about down there at the end the way the finish was with -- I believe it was Dickey that knocked down the 3 to tie the game, 10 seconds left, and we come back and run a little rub action and get D'Andre in the paint who pitches to an open look in the corner.

Q. You guys shot 53 percent the first half. What did they do in the second half to limit your shots and make you only go 8 of 22?
COACH SHIELDS: Well, I think, number one, they went to the zone. They played more zone in the second half. I thought we did an excellent job starting the game, really sharing the basketball. At one point in the first half we had nine assists and one turnover.
We finished the first -- and we had a stretch there where they made a run at us where we weren't as sound defensively, and we didn't share the ball as well as we were to start the game, but we finished the half with 12 assists and six turnovers.
In the second half, I thought we had some decent looks. There were several possessions where we really moved the ball versus zone. We get a good look. I can think back to Gus knocking down a short corner shot off of several passes.
But we weren't able to get the ball to the paint as much as we wanted versus their zone. Cunningham has four fouls I think with 11 minutes to go, and we were trying to go back inside toward him and go at him, and we never could get real good looks in there.
And so much of what we do with the strength, for those of you who haven't seen us much throughout the year, we've been a very good 3-point shooting team throughout the entire year. And the strength of our team is our guard play this year.
I thought Marlo did a good job with some good looks inside. And he couldn't get it to the paint as often as we wanted versus their zone.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coach.

UALR's season comes to an end with 81-77 overtime loss to UNC-Asheville

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UALR led by as many as 11 points and played well at times. But Solomon Bozeman fouled out in the final minute of regulation and UALR never got on track again after that in an 81-77 overtime loss.
UALR's season comes to an end at 19-17.

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If Bozeman doesn't foul out, UALR wins this game going away in the final minutes. Instead, season ends at 19-17.

Primm makes both FTS. 81-77 Asheville. Need a miracle.  Don't get it. UALR loses to UNC-Asheville 81-77

UALR down 2 with the ball after Primm miss FT. Near   by Williams.  Then Chuck does turn it over. Asheville up 79-77

Down 1, D'Andre turns it over. Asheville ball. Then Williams fouls Primm. 3 on Williams.

Marlo takes the charge on Primm. Big defensive play. Trojans need to score here. But Alex misses.  Asheville going to the line. 77-76 UALR

Mouzy not even close from 3, but Marlo grabs the rebound and scores as he's fouled. And Cunningham just fouled out for Asheville.

Dickey again with the runner. Trojans down 1 again.  Timeout UALR and Mouzy coming back in. He's 1 for 9 and due to make one.

4 on Dickey. We need to get that kid out of the game. Chuck at the line. Makes the first to tie. Makes the 2nd for a 75-74 UALR lead

Huge D by D'Andre to force that tie up. UALR ball. Give it back to El Fuerte.  They don't and UALR misses.

UALR needs to go to El Fuerte until Asheville proves they can stop him. Lane fouls out for Asheville. Alex goes to the line.

OVERTIME

10.0 left. in to williams with 8 7 6 . Mouzy misses the three-pointer at the buzzer and we're headed to overtime. Mouzy is 1 of 9 tonight.

Bozeman's out. Who gets the last shot for UALR. I'd go Williams drive to Garcia-Mendoza for the win.

With Bozeman out, Mouzy's got to step up and make good decisions with the ball. Lane makes the 1st; misses  the second for a 72-69 score.

Leeper fouls out with 1:13 left. Marlo is in.  Asheville ball. Leaner and UALR called for a foul. Bozeman fouls out with 56.5 seconds left.

UALR possession. Mouzy misses again but Leeper with an off. reb. and Trojans keep possession, run more clock.  Williams for 3, but a foul

El Fuerte hits 2 fts. 72-68 with 2:33 left. UALR leads. Asheville tries to answer. Leeper great D on Cunningham.

Dickey going out. UALR needs to pounce by attacking this press.  M2M by Asheville. Low SC. Wiilliams to  Leeper and he misses.

Big possession. 3:57. Asheville ball. Sutherland on Dickey.  Dickey gets a switch but slips and loses it out of bounds. UALR leads 70-68

Bad charge call goes against Bozeman. Last media timeout and UALR holding on 70-68. Asheville ball when we come back.

Asheville cuts it back to 70-68 with 4:11 left.  Big possession up next.  And Mouzy gets trapped. He's struggling. 4:07 left now.

Asheville back to zone. Near turnover by Solo and El Fuerte but a foul bails out the Trojans. Alex makes first;  makes second. 70-63

UALR holding on 68-63 with 5:32 left. Solo with 18, El Fuerte with 16 to lead the Trojans. D'Andre Williams with 9 pts, 7 reb, 8 assists

Need good ball movement up 3.  D drives and hits Solo for a wide open 3 as UALR takes a 66-60 lead. Then El Fuerte draws a charge. 6:18 left

Bozeman misses a layup. Asheville comes back and draws a foul on Williams (2nd).  Then Dickey hits a 3 to cut the lead to 61-59

This game has gotten really choppy in the past  few minutes. Marlo goes to the line. He misses the first. He misses the second

UALR already in the bonus with 11:16 left. Bozeman makes 2 of 2 as UALR leads 59-50.

D'Andre Williams in triple double range for UALR. He's got 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.

Asheville doesn't have much depth and now Lane and Cunningham both have four fouls.  UALR hanging on with a 55-47 lead.

El Fuerte hits another 3 pointer. Stops an Asheville run as UALR extends the lead back to 55-47. El Fuerte leads UALR with 14 points.

Mouzy finally nails a 3. UALR up 52-44 with 14:27 left.

UALR goes 4 guards vs. zone and El  Fuerte attacks it again to score for a 49-40 lead.

Asheville back in the zone and UALR  turns it over. But D'Andre gets back to take the charge, keeps lead 47-40.

UALR has four players (Solo, El Fuerte, Marlo and D) with 9  points. Trojans lead Asheville 47-40 with 15:50 left.

Williams' speed causes Cunningham to get his fourth foul. Go right at him. He's still in with 4.

El  Fuerte is a great finisher after contact. That's something he had to learn last season.  FT gives UALR a 44-36 lead.

Second half begins. UALR ball. And Bozeman draws a shooting foul. Great start for the Trojans.  Solo makes  both for a 39-33 lead.

Starting the second half.

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Bozeman, Marlo with 7, El Fuerte, Country and Williams with 6. Great balance at halftime for UALR.  Mouzy, Leeper and Marlo have 2 fouls

UALR 15 of 27 (55 percent) and 5 of 13 from 3 (38). Asheville 13-29 (44) and 0-2 from 3. Rebounds 12-12. UALR 6 turnovers to UNCA's 3.

UALR extremely poised after that run that allowed Asheville to take the lead. That allows Trojans to go into halftime with a four-point lead

And UALR capitalizes with a three-point play by El Fuerte. Trojans lead Asheville 37-33 and got a second foul on Cunningham

Much better ball movement. Williams hits a 3 for a 34-33 UALR lead. And Asheville is called for a foul with 6.3 left. Last chance for UALR

Mouzy guarding Dickey is a mismatch in favor of Asheville. Three-point play cuts UALR lead to 29-27 with 2:47 left.

is 12 of 22 but 4 of 11. Way too many three-pointers for the Trojans so far. Still, UALR leads 29-22.

UALR can't buy a basket. More than 4 minutes without a FG. Lead shrinks to 27-22. But Bozeman makes a tough layup to end the drought.

UALR is  getting a bit three happy. need to work it inside first. Still, Trojans lead Asheville 27-18 with 5:38 left.

This might be the first time since the Philander game that UALR has the height advantage over anyone.

Solo missed a free throw. He makes the second for a 27-16 lead.  Asheville comes back with a dunk at the other end 27-18

Chuck Guy hits another three for a 24-16 lead.   Back to back to back turnovers and Money gets a huge dunk for UALR. 26-16 Trojans lead.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is there. He's seen UALR with 9 assists and 1 turnover so far. Make that 2. 21-14 Trojans lead.

Asheville's quick guards are no match for D'Andre Williams' quickness  so far. Drive and dish to Marlo for a dunk. UALR leads 21-12

Marlo strokes a 3 as UALR goes up 17-6. Trojans are hot outside as they make their first substitutions.

Bozeman in transition hits the pull-up J. Then a transition score for Bozeman as Trojans take a 14-6 lead with 13:08 left.

Asheville goes zone and bails UALR with a late shot clock foul.  But Leeper misses on the possession.  Leeper also playing good D

3 team fouls against UALR,  none against Asheville. Trojans holding a 10-6 lead at first media timeout.

UALR comes out smoking and looks great doing it. Trojans grab a quick 10-4 lead as UNCA calls timeout

UALR wins the tip. And gets a great look for a Leeper layup. Asheville answers

Asheville going with black uniforms tonight.

For everyone who has stuck with this through the years. For everyone jumping on now. Tonight, we BURN THE HORSE. Go UALR Trojans!!!!

UALR Trojans wearing white tonight as the home team. They had won four-straight wearing maroon.

Pre-pregame is over. Real pregame starts now. Live blog for UALR and UNC-Asheville continues at http://www.burnthehorse.blogspot.com/

I can't decide if all these people rooting for UALR on the inernet are fans coming out of nowhere or gamblers trying to make bank

Pregame continues. Live updates from Dayton as soon as we're ready for tip off.

We'll keep updating this all night long. Keep refeshing once we get closer to game time. For now, have a look at the predictions for tonight's game. Most are going with UNC-Asheville, but some pretty heavy hitters have selected UALR:
http://burnthehorse.blogspot.com/2011/03/bth-predictions-314-ualr-underdog-going.html

Getting into UNC-Asheville's bench will be a key for UALR tonight

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   What's the key for UALR against UNC-Asheville tonight?
UNC-Asheville vs. UALR
5:40 p.m. tonight
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   It seems pretty simple. Get into their bench, far into their bench.
   UALR's strength this season has been the number of players its able to utilize throughout the course of the game. It's enabled the Trojans to survive a fair amount of foul trouble and fatigue, especially during the Sun Belt Tournament run.
   In the three games of the Big South Tournament played by UNC-Asheville, the Bulldogs played guard Matt Dickey 39, 38 and 38 minutes, guard J.P. Primm 38, 33 and 39 minutes, John Williams 34, 30 and 37 minutes, Chris Stephenson 27, 24 and 29 minutes and Jeron Lane 30, 29 and 22 minutes.
   For those three games, Primm was a +46, Lane a +36, Dickey a +35, Stephenson a +29 and Williams a +28. Those are huge numbers, but they drop off the earth after Quinard Johnson's +21. Trent Meyer was a -5 and Eric Stubbs a -3 in the tournament.
   That's the extent of players who saw action in that tournament, but the Bulldogs will be boosted by the expected return of 6-10 post player D.J. Cunningham.
   Solomon Bozeman is the only UALR player approaching those minutes of late. On the front line, UALR needs to keep running post players at the Bulldogs: Marlon Louzeiro, Gus Leeper, Montrell Thornton, Eric Kibi, Derrick Bails and even Courtney Jackson. UALR's guard depth also needs to be a factor with reserves like Chuck Guy, Matt Mouzy and Tramar Sutherland available to pick up more minutes.
   In the NCAA Tournament, you wouldn't expect a lot of fouls to be called. UALR needs to take advantage of that by playing physical on defense, especially with the Bulldogs' guards. And if they are calling fouls, UALR needs to use its depth to hold the fort until fouls even up, as they typically do.
   If Dickey and Primm are able to operate for 38 or 39 minutes tonight, it could be a long night for the Trojans.