LR defense shines in season opener

Little Rock (LR) women’s basketball hosted the Memphis Tigers at the Jack Stephens Center Sunday afternoon in a game in which the Trojans stifling defense proved to be too much for the tigers.

LR came out aggressive defensively, forcing the tigers to seven turnovers in the first period and 10 for the half. The Trojans also held the Tigers to just 47% percent shooting from the field in the first half.

Sophomore guard Kyra Collier was very efficient as she made five of her first six shots, leading the Trojans into halftime with 12 points, while freshmen guard Tori Lasker had 11 points for the half.

Coming out of the half, LR looked very comfortable as they built up a 23-point lead with 7:51 remaining in the third period. The Trojans defense didn’t let up as they forced the Tigers into seven more turnovers in the third period.

Offensively, the Trojans kept their balanced attack going as seven players scored, while three scored in double figures. The Trojans also shared the ball well as they doubled up Memphis in assists (22-11) on the evening.

Collier led LR with 23 points going nine for eleven from the field and added seven rebounds and six assists.  Juniors Yanina Inkina and Ronjanae DeGray added 12 points as well.

Lasker’s 21 points became the most points by a LR freshman in her first game since the program restarted in 1999, going 6-8 from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the three point line.

Cheyenne Creighton led the way for Memphis, the only tiger to score in double figures, with 28 points.

The Trojans look to carry the momentum gained this afternoon into its match-up against Tulsa on Wed. 11:30 a.m., at the Jack Stephens Center.

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