Story contributed by Dave Beyer, McMurry Sports Information Director
FORT SMITH, Ark. – McMurry women’s basketball made an early second half run at host University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, but in the end came out on the short end of a 68-48 final score at the Stubblefield Center. The loss dropped the War Hawks to 2-14 overall and 2-8 in the Heartland Conference.
The game started out with both teams struggling from the field, shooting a combined 1-26 from the floor over the first seven minutes of the game. A jumper by Adijatu Disu at the 9:56 mark of the opening period put the War Hawks on top, 7-6.
But a 16-4 run over the next five minutes helped the Lions carry a 10-point lead into the halftime locker room, 31-21.
The second stanza opened with McMurry quickly slicing the deficit in half. An Ana Dominguez layup and a three-point play by Taylor Russell made it 31-26. A few minutes later, McM got to within three points – 32-29 – on a Katlyn Tarbet layup with 14:38 left to play.
But once again, UAFS would respond with a big run of its own. The Lions out-scored McM 19-4 over the next four minutes, extending its cushion to 51-33 and maintaining a comfortable lead for the duration.
Keshia Collins notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. It was Collins’ 14th double-figure scoring game of the year. The senior also made three steals.
Disu added eight points, six rebounds and two steals, while Russell contributed seven points, four boards and three thefts. Dominguez added two blocked shots to up her season total to 20, while scoring six points and pulling down four rebounds.
Neither team gave a shooting clinic, as the Lions hit 37 percent (18-49) from the floor, besting the War Hawks’ 26 percent (15-58) shooting night. UAFS made 11 more free throws than McM (27 to 16), but the War Hawks won the rebound battle, 43-38.
McMurry will try to snap its six-game skid on Saturday (Jan. 25) afternoon (1 p.m.) when it travels to Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla.