2nd-quarter shortcomings cause road-trip sweep

Jonah Bostick, Sports Editor

Poor shooting, turnovers and the second quarter caused the Warhawks to add to their losing streak and conclude the regular season on a sour note. 

ULM (7-22; 3-15) ended its regular season with a road trip, with its first stop being a visit to the Red Wolves of Arkansas State (11-18; 6-12). The Warhawks took the first matchup in Monroe in their conference opener 81-66. 

In the first quarter, the two teams traded blows, with no one having a clear advantage. Emma Merriweather made a free throw to give ULM a one-point lead, but a Red Wolves layup with 29 seconds left put Arkansas State back on top with a 19-18 score. 

One close quarter of basketball was all ULM had, as it collapsed in the second quarter. Arkansas State went on a 15-4 run to start the quarter and utilized the 3-point shot, making four 3-pointers in the second. A one-point game turned into a 25-point lead at the half. 

The start of the third quarter was no better as Arkansas State went on another run, going up by 37 points. The Warhawks closed the third with a run of their own, but it was still a 28-point game. 

If there was anything positive of the game, it’s that ULM outscored the Red Wolves 24-21 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late, and Arkansas State came away with the win.

The Warhawks committed 22 turnovers leading to 24 points for the Red Wolves. Arkansas State also scored 25 fast-break points compared to two for the Warhawks. 

The Warhawks traveled east on Friday to take on Appalachian State (10-19; 6-12).

ULM, as it has all season, started the game hot with a 9-0 run. As quickly as the run happened, the Mountaineers responded with a 15-2 run. The Warhawks’ offense woke back up and outscored App State 11-2 to end the quarter. 

ULM took inspiration from the fourth quarter of the Southern Mississippi game last week and produced only seven points in the second quarter. App State took advantage and held a 33-29 halftime lead. 

The Warhawks narrowed the lead down to one near the end of the third quarter, but two-straight baskets by App State created a five-point game in the end. 

ULM was forced to take a timeout as the Mountaineers stormed out to a 7-0 run. The offense was once again shut down, and the Warhawks ended the regular season with a 77-63 loss. 

ULM shot 40.6% in field goals in both games and committed 21 turnovers on Friday. 

The Warhawks enter the Sun Belt Conference tournament as the last seed and will get a rematch with the Red Wolves on Tuesday at 2 p.m.