ULM Women’s Basketball is making its first road trip to UCF for tilt Tuesday

Tuesday, November 22 • 5pm CST • Orlando, FL • Additional Financial Arena (10,000)

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Monroe, Los Angeles –

The ULM women’s basketball team is on the road with just two games away from Louisiana State in November and December. Eleven of the first 13 games of the 2022-23 season keep the Warhawks in “The Boot” with only four games from Fant-Ewing Coliseum during that time frame.

The first road trip brings the Warhawks to UCF in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, November 22, with a scheduled time of 5 p.m. ET. The game will be available on ESPN+.

This is the first meeting between the UCF and ULM women’s basketball teams. Head coaches Setia worked together as assistant coaches at the University of Memphis and continued their friendship. UCF will return to the game next season in Monroe.

“(UCF coach) Setia (Messer) and we trained together at the University of Memphis when we were kids in the profession,” said the ULM women’s basketball coach. Brooks Donald Williams. “She’s always been an amazing recruit and coach. She inherited one heck of a winning program. I’m so happy to see her given the opportunity and I know she’s going to do big things at UCF.”

“This is a home series and we were excited to schedule it and have a championship-caliber team for Monroe next year,” Williams said. “Central Florida is tough. They have incredible size and length from top to bottom. That’s going to be a huge challenge for us.”

Fitness Trainer Brooks Donald Williams She continues to work on her team chemistry and development with modifications to the fifth start. The Warhawks will make a new squad at UCF with new guard/forward Myca Trail expected to make her first career start and Aasia Sam returning to the senior squad. Transfer Emma Meriweather, a newcomer on the team, had her first start last Saturday with a team-best 13 points and 10 rebounds. Merriweather also had 11 plates versus Centenary.

“We love this group,” Williams captioned her squad. “We love where we’re headed now and look forward to taking the court together again.”

The Warhawks have seen the highs and lows of scoring over the past few weeks as they scored 103 points in their victory over Centenary, passing the century mark for the first time since December 1997. In their final game, against Louisiana Tech, the Lady Techsters remained undefeated and held ULM to a season low by 53 points.

In this early part of the season, ULM has a 74.3 points average for a +20.8 points per game (53.5) margin over its opponents. As a team, ULM stands out in the second quarter, doubling their offensive effort with 90 points to just 44 for their opponents. The trio of Kaitlin Manuel (9.8 ppg), Keira Primzi (9.5) and Olivia Knight (9.5) lead the Warhawks offense.

While necessary, the point guard by committee status ULM has found itself in the past year has affected the Warhawks on both sides of the court. This year, sophomore guard Olivia Knight is a factor in the major changes and daily improvement. For comparison, ULM has increased its assists per game rate to 18.0, up 7.9 from last season, while reducing its turnover rate from 18.6 per game to 12.5 per contest.

ULM has also reaped the benefits of patience waiting for Emma Meriwether to re-acclimate to the pace and intricacies of the college game.

“Emma’s had good minutes in the last two matches and she’s just going to get better and better as the days go by,” said Williams. “She is adapting to the game and getting more comfortable by the minute. We have no doubt that she will continue to make a huge impact on our team.”

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