JONESBORO, Ark. (11/2/17) – The Arkansas State women’s basketball team had three players score in double figures and got 53 points from its bench as it claimed an 83-52 exhibition victory over Arkansas-Monticello Thursday night at First National Bank Arena.
Playing their first of two exhibition games, the Red Wolves utilized their entire roster with every player seeing at least 12 minutes of action. Thirteen of A-State’s 14 players scored, led by sophomore guard Starr Taylor with 12 points. Sophomore guard Jada Ford and junior guard Akasha Westbrook added 10 points each, while freshman forward Peyton Martin followed with nine.
I think it was a good game for us,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “We did a lot of good things, but I also think we saw a lot things defensively. They did a lot of screen action they we haven’t seen in practice and we didn’t handle it well in the first half, but in the second half we were better and did a better job of communicating on the ball screen.”
Improving to 25-0 in exhibition games since the 2005-06 season, the Red Wolves held a 57-36 advantage on the boards and shot 44 percent from the floor in comparison to the Cotton Blossoms’ .250 percentage. The two squads both recorded nine steals and six blocks, although A-State dished out 10 more assists (17-7).
Arkansas State never trailed as it jumped out to an 11-3 lead just four minutes into the game before going on to claim a 16-10 advantage by the end of the first period. UAM hit a three-pointer eight seconds into the second period to cut its deficit to just three points, but the Red Wolves responded with a 13-5 run over the next eight minutes to take its first double-figure lead at 29-18.
A-State went on to take a 37-27 lead into the break and outscored UAM 19-5 over the first seven minutes of the third period to go up 56-32 at the 3:05 mark. The Red Wolves advantage swelled to as much as 33 points late in the fourth period before going on to claim the 31-point victory.
“I think there were signs tonight and I’ve talked about how fast this team can be,” Boyer said. “We got everybody chance, but where we go from here I just don’t know. I’ve said all along there just isn’t a whole lot of separation with this group.”
A-State shot 50 percent and recorded six of its nine steals in the second half as it scored 15 points off turnovers. Taylor scored 10 of her 12 points to lead A-State’s big second half that saw it put 46 points on the scoreboard.
Senior forward Ogo Obinabo recorded a team-high eight rebounds, followed by sophomore forward Madison Heckert with seven and freshman guard Morgan Wallace with six. Ford was responsible for a team-best four steals, while senior forward Lauren Bradshaw, sophomore guard Payton Tennison and Westbrook each had two blocks to account for A-State’s six total.
A-State returns to action Tuesday, Nov. 7, with its second and final exhibition game against Lyon College. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at First National Bank Arena.