JONESBORO, Ark. (11/5/18) – Led by three players scoring in double figures, the Arkansas State women’s basketball team claimed an 84-61 exhibition victory over Arkansas-Monticello Monday night at First National Bank Arena. Playing their final preseason game, the Red Wolves collected their second exhibition win after also knocking off Arkansas-Fort Smith 100-73 on Oct. 30. A-State now holds a 28-0 record in exhibition contests since the 2005-06 season.
“It is now time to move forward after getting both exhibitions outs of the way,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “I was disappointed with all the fouls and I think it just drained us and kept us from getting out in transition, but the good thing is we resolved it from that point. We struggled a little bit shooting the ball, but I think some of that is more about when we should shoot it and when we shouldn’t shoot it and that falls back on me and what we want them to do.”
Freshman forward Trinitee Jackson came off the A-State bench to score a team-high 11 points, while sophomore forward Lycia Peevy and senior guard Akasha Westbrook both added 10. The Red Wolves saw 12 players register double-figure minutes, and all 13 players who saw action scored.
A-State shot 54.4 percent from the floor while limiting the Cotton Blossoms to a 31.3 field goal percentage. The Red Wolves also finished the outing with four more assists (13-9) and five more steals (15-10), although Arkansas-Monticello pulled down 10 more rebounds at 45-35.
The game’s first eight minutes featured six lead changes and five ties before Arkansas State took the advantage for good on a layup by Jackson with 2:30 left in the first quarter. The shot broke a 14-14 tie and started an 8-0 run to help the Red Wolves take a 22-16 lead into the second quarter, which saw them outscore the Cotton Blossoms 24-13.
A-State turned its 46-29 halftime lead into a 21-point advantage, 60-39, by the end of the third quarter, and it extended the margin to as much as 31 points with 5:56 remaining in the contest.
Peevy, Madison Heckert and Jireh Washington all collected a team-high five rebounds, while Washington was also responsible for three assists and four steals that were both team bests. Mackenzie Johnson scored a team-high 16 points and Chari Swift had nine rebounds to lead the Cotton Blossoms.
Arkansas State will play its season opener Friday, Nov. 9, at Oklahoma State in an 11:00 a.m. game.