Whittington shines in trio of losses for Warhawks

Jonah Bostick

ULM women’s basketball went into last week on a 11-game losing streak. With a three-game week ahead of them the Warhawks hoped to snap their losing skid. 

The trend of the week was Kyren Whittington delivering much of the offensive production while her team failed to provide second and third options.

The Warhawks played Arkansas State in their first match up of the week. This game was a reschedule from two weeks ago. The game was postponed due to a water leak inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The game started out with a 3-pointer for the Warhawks. The Red Wolves responded with a 16-2 scoring run. 

The first quarter ended with a 25-16 lead for the Red Wolves. 

The second quarter featured a much closer game with the Warhawks closing the lead gap to four with 1:13 left. Seven unanswered points from the Red Wolves produced a halftime score of 46-35. 

In the third quarter, both teams struggled to find offensive production. 

The Red Wolves ended the quarter with an 18-point lead, using 3-pointers and free throw shooting throughout the quarter. Arkansas State finished the game with another low scoring fourth quarter, and they would keep the Warhawks at bay with an 82-60 win.

Whittington led the Warhawks with 23 points in her third straight game of at least 20 points. She also had two rebounds and a steal.

The second game featured UT Arlington and their dangerous shooting offense. The game started close with a 7-6 score in favor of UTA. The Mavericks closed the first quarter with a 17-2 scoring run that would put them up 24-8. 

The second quarter proved to be tightly contested with both teams trading blows. At the half, the Mavericks would hold a 42-24 lead. The rest of the game would be the same result. 

Although ULM played a close game for the most part, the 17-2 scoring run in the first quarter ended any chance ULM had at winning. 

Whittington continued to lead her team, scoring 15 points with six rebounds and three assists. Kierra Crocket also scored 10 points and had four rebounds.

In the final match up versus Texas State, the Warhawks started off with a 20-13 lead before a last second Texas State 3-pointer made it a four-point game. 

ULM kept control in the second quarter, and held an eight-point lead with a halftime score of 37-29

But in the third quarter the Warhawks lost all forms of offensive production and were outscored 21-10 which gave the Bobcats a 50-47 lead. In the fourth quarter, Texas State once again kept the Warhawks offense at bay by only allowing 11 points. 

In the end the Bobcats won a close game 66-58.

Despite losing the game, Whittington would put together another outstanding performance, putting up a stat line of 26 points, with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. However, no one else on the team scored more than six points.