A-State slide reaches 10 games as UTA sweeps

Arkansas State’s Trinitee Jackson moves around a Texas- Arlington defender during Saturday’s game at First National Bank Arena. Jackson finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in ASU’s 75-64 loss to UTA.

JONESBORO — The final weekend of the regular season in women’s basketball offered no relief for Arkansas State.

ASU’s losing streak reached 10 games with two losses to Texas-Arlington at First National Bank Arena. UTA rolled to a 60-40 victory Friday night and completed a four-game season sweep with Saturday’s 75-64 victory.

The Red Wolves (9-11, 4-10 Sun Belt) will travel to the conference tournament in Pensacola, Fla., as the No. 5 seed from the West Division. ASU will play East No. 4 seed South Alabama (12-12, 9-9 Sun Belt) on Friday at 2 p.m.

ASU didn’t lead after the first quarter of Friday’s game and led only briefly in the first quarter Saturday. UTA (13-6, 11-4 Sun Belt) maintained a double-digit lead in the second half Friday and held off the Red Wolves during Saturday’s second half.

Down 44-32 at halftime, the Red Wolves trailed by as many as 17 in the third quarter before rallying. Mattie Hatcher sank two 3-pointers while Jada Stinson and Seynabou Thiam added five points each as ASU pulled within 62-54 to end the quarter.

The Red Wolves scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, then went scoreless for two-plus minutes as the Lady Mavs pushed their lead back to 10. UTA led by at least six the rest of the game.

“I thought we battled,” ASU head coach Matt Daniel said. “We made some adjustments to try to get it inside. We turned it over less (Saturday) than we did yesterday, but still too many.”

Trinitee Jackson led ASU with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Peyton Martin added 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Stinson finished with 15 points.

Terryn Milton scored 18 points for UTA, which shot 47.3 percent from the field. Katie Ferrell was 4-of-6 from the 3-point line and added 14 points.

ASU senior guard Morgan Wallace did not play Saturday after suffering an injury in the previous game. Daniel said Wallace is in concussion protocol and he does not anticipate her playing against South Alabama, but added that she will travel with the team unless doctors say otherwise.