Two-loss start spells trouble for Warhawks

The Warhawks are picking up where they left off. Last season ULM finished the season at 3-20, and after dropping their first two games, the Warhawks do not seem poised to make this season any different.

Hopes seemed high after ULM put on a dominant performance in the exhibition match against Millsaps. But the tide turned against the Warhawks last Tuesday night at Grambling.

ULM took the loss 69-61. The second half went back and forth until the last three minutes of the game when GSU scored 10 unanswered points to take the victory.

The Warhawks started off strong having a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Freshman Kyren Whittington got the game going getting the first basket in the contest. 

The second quarter is where things began to go south for ULM as the Tigers outscored them 21-12 putting the score at 33-25.

Trailing by eight going into the half, the Warhawks knew they had to make some adjustments. 

They came out firing getting back-to-back 3-pointers from Whittington and senior Diamond Brooks to go within four.

GSU extended their lead, but freshman Amaya Ford went on a run, scoring five points to bring ULM within one at 37-36. 

GSU fought back until sophomore Linda van Schaik gave the Warhawks their first lead of the second half. After several lead changes, GSU took the victory after getting ahead of ULM with three minutes to go in the fourth.

The second game of the week for the Hawks followed much of the same script. ULM lost to Southern Miss last Saturday 77-60 after the offense could not produce late in the second half.

ULM came back within two to start the fourth quarter out at 55-53. But after a 17-1 run by Southern Miss to start the fourth quarter, there was nothing the Warhawks could do except watch the clock run down.

“We battled tough for three quarters against a talented Southern Miss team. Their frontcourt is as good as anybody we will face,” head coach Brooks Donald Williams said.

The Warhawks had a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter after Ford showed some early offensive production. 

She would go on to get her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

The Golden Eagles found the rim in the second quarter, though outscoring the Hawks 24-19 to take a one-point lead at half.

Free throws and timely scoring by freshman Aasia Sam kept the game close.

The third quarter started out nicely for ULM. Ford and Whittington put together some scoring runs to give the Warhawks a five-point lead 46-41 with 4:58 left in the 3rd quarter. 

Southern Miss regained the lead quickly after a 10-0 run to make the score 55-48 in favor of the Golden Eagles.