Trojan Tracker: Win streaks, woes, and a new coach

While other students were away on Holiday break, Little Rock (LR) athletes were hard at work, practicing and playing games. Even sports in the offseason, like soccer, made headlines in this month’s edition of the Trojan Tracker.

Women’s Basketball

LR women’s basketball went 6-2 over the winter break, with wins over the likes of Georgia State, Louisiana, and Louisiana-Monroe (ULM), among others. LR’s only losses came against Kansas State and LSU.

A 78-43 win over ULM on Dec. 29, started a present nine-game winning streak versus Sun Belt opponents. Trojans women’s basketball warmed up at the right time, as Sun Belt play runs through the rest of the season.

Junior Ronjanae DeGray won Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 15, going 15-23 in two games the previous week, averaging 18.5 points a game.

Men’s Basketball

            LR men’s basketball struggled over the break, going 3-7. The struggles added to a disappointing start to the season, with the Trojans record at 5-17. LR is 2-7 in conference play and has yet to win a road game in ten attempts.

Despite the overall record, the Trojans notched impressive wins over University of the Ozarks, a 94-49 win on Dec. 18, ULM, 71-62 on Dec. 31, and University of Texas-Arlington (UT Arlington), a 77-65 win on Jan. 11.

Swimming and Diving

            LR swimming and diving played one meet over the break, only days before the start of the semester on Jan. 13. The meet, played at home in the Donaghey Student Aquatic Center, finished with a 245-38 win over Ouachita Baptist, and a 224-76 loss versus Southern Illinois.

Senior Samantha Gray notched a season-best score in the one-meter dive, 252.82. Sophomore Isabelle Finzen and freshman Lily Kerr also notched personal bests, in the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle.

General Athletics News

            LR Athletics set a department record over the break, a 3.30 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). The record bested a 3.27 GPA set in Spring 2017.

On Dec. 6, LR soccer coach Adrian Blewitt announced his resignation to take over the same position at West Point. On Jan. 16, Mark Foster, former assistant coach at South Alabama and head coach at Trevecca Nazarene University, was announced as the new head coach of the program. Foster, a native of Ireland, also played soccer in the Irish Premiere Football League.

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