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Game Notes: @AStateWB vs Troy

By: ArkansasState
Release: 03/08/2017
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Troy
TROJANS
19-10 (12-6 SBC)
March 9 | 7:30 p.m.
Lakefront Arena
New Orleans, La.
Arkansas State
RED WOLVES
7-24 (4-14 SBC)
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STORYLINES 

• This is the 43rd season of women’s basketball at Arkansas State.
• A-State has all-time record of 26-25 in the SBC Tournament.
• A-State has partcipated in the SBC Tournamentin every season under Brian Boyer.
• Brittany Fowler scored a career-high 27 points against Georgia Southern in her senior night on Feb. 25.
• Jada Ford scored 23 points as the Red Wolves defeated Georgia Southern in the opening round of the SBC Tournament.
• Jada Ford returned to action on Feb. 23 after missing 11 games with an injury.
• Lauren Bradshaw moved into second place all-time with 121 for her career. She also just the third player in school history with 100 or more blocks.
• Arkansas State has six true freshman on the team this season.
• The Red Wolves graduated its entire strating five from last season.
 
AN A-STATE WIN WOULD
• Improve A-State's record to 8-24 on the season.
• Place A-State in the SBC Tournament semifinals for the third straight season.
• Give A-State its third win over Troy in the SBC Tournament all-time
• Give A-State back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
• Give A-State its 27th win in the SBC Tournament.
 
A-STATE IN THE SBC TOURNAMENT
• A-State is 26-25 all-time in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
• A-State is 6-4 in the SBC Tournament in the city of New Orleans.
• The Red Wolves are making their 26th trip to the Sun Belt Conference Championship and have advanced to the semifinals in 18 of those years, including the 2016 tournament.
• Arkansas State has one at least one game in in 19 out of the 26 SBC Tourneys it has played in.
• A-State has played in the SBC Tournament in every year of Brian Boyer's head coaching career.
• Arkansas State has reached the SBC Tournament finals three times in its history, having lost to Western Kentucky twice and Little Rock. A-State dropped a 65-62 contest to WKU in the 1992 tournament, and a 61-60 loss in the 2014 tournament finals. The Trojans defeated A-State 78-72 in the finals of 2015 tourney.
 
RECAPPING THE GEORGIA SOUTHERN GAME
• Arkansas State earned a key victory in the opening round of the SBC Tournament with a 61-54 victory over Georgia Southern this past Tuesday.
• A-State used a big effort from freshman Jada Ford who scored a game-high 23 points, including 14 in the third quarter.
• A-State also went on a 14-0 in the third quarter, its biggest run of any kind this season.
• Starr Taylor paced A-State in the first half with 9 points and finished with 13 for the game.
• A-State's effort on the boards was its best of the year as it collected 48 rebounds and limited the Eagles to just 34.
 
JADA'S BIG QUARTER
• Jada Ford turned in one of the best individual quarters of any player this season when scored 14 points in the third quarter against Georgia Southern in the opening round of the SBC Tournament.
• She was nearly perfect in the quarter, going  4-of-5 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and 3-of-3 at the free throw line.
• She also had a sound night on the defensive end and ended up with 3 of her career-high 5 steals in the third quarter.
 
CRASH THE GLASS
• A-State collected a season-high 48 rebounds in its victory over Georgia Southern on Tuesday.
• A-State had a season-high 15 offensive rebounds to go along with 33 on the defensive end, while also limiting Georgia Southern to just 34 total boards, including 9 on the offensive end.
• Lauren Bradshaw finished with a career-high 13 rebounds to lead the Red Wolves in the game.
• Every player that played in the game for A-State had at least 2 rebounds.
 
PAYTON'S PLACE
• A-State freshman Payton Tennison turned in back-to-back-to-back career performances in three games against Georgia Southern, Troy & South Alabama.
• Against the Eagles on Feb. 25 she scored, at the time, a carere-high 9 points and made three, 3-pointers and grabbed 3 rebounds.
• In her next game out against Troy she scored a new career-high 11 points and added a new high with 4 rebounds.
• Against the Jaguars she tied a career-high with 11 points and matched her field goal line from Troy by knocking down 4-of-9 shots, including three, 3-pointers. 
 
SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST
• Arkansas State senior guard Brittany Fowler had the best game of her career on her final game at the Convocation Center on Feb. 25 against Georgia Southern.
• Fowler scored a career-high 27 points and drained seven 3-pointers, a mark that is tied for third most in school history in a game.
• She ranks third in the league with a 41.5 field goal percentage from beyond the arc and is third in the league with 59 3-pointers made.
 
TREY-RIFFIC
• Arkansas State drained 13, 3-pointers against Georgia Southern on Feb. 25, a mark that is tied for the third most in school history. 
• The Red Wolves also attempted 27, 3-pointers in the game, a number that is also tied for the third most in school history.
• For the season A-State is shooting 34.4 percent from the 3-point line. That is currently the seventh best mark in school history.
 
A PERFECT NIGHT
• Arkansas State set a Convocation Center and program record with a perfect 12-for-12 performance from the free throw line.
• The previous A-State record was set in 2005 against Iowa with an 11-for-11 night. The Red Wolves also went perfect from the free throw line against Little Rock (10-10) in 2012.
• The previous Convocation Center record was set by Louisiana-Lafayette in in 2008 with an 11-for-11 mark from the line.
 
GOING AGAINST THE TREND
• Arkansas State 81-72 overtime loss to Appalachian State on Feb. 4 marked just the seventh time during the Brian Boyer era that the Red Wolves had lost game that has gone into extra time.
• It was A-State's first OT time since 2014-15 when it captured an 80-77 victory over UT Arlington on the Mavericks home court.
• Boyer is now 16-7 overall in overtime games in his career, with only two of those seven losses coming at the Convocation Center.
• The loss also snapped a streak of 4 consecutive overtime wins by Arkansas State.
 
MOVING ON UP
• Junior Lauren Bradshaw has become a dominant presence in the paint during her career and quickly moved her way up the all-time blocks records in school history.
• She has blocked 118 shots in her career, a mark that is the second most all-time.
• She ist just the third player in school history to block 100 shots in a career.
• As a sophomore in 2015-16, she blocked 53 shots, third most in a single season in school history.
• She enters the week ranked 64th in the nation with 53 blocked shots, which is tied for third most in single season in school history. She is tied with herself.
 
THAT'S ALOT OF FREE THROWS
• Arkansas State attempted 47 free throws against Troy on Jan. 21, the 4th most in school history.
• The Red Wolves made 32 of the free throws, a mark that is also the 4th most in school history.
• The 47 free throws attempted were the most since the team took 45 against Middle Tennessee in 2007, while the 32 makes were the most since the squad made 31 in 2006 against San Jose State.
 
PLAYING TO THE ODDS
• If the Red Wolves score 70 or more points, A-State is 175-33 (.841) under head coach Brian Boyer. This season the Red Wolves are 3-3 when scoring 70 or more points. 
• By contrast A-State has a record of 198-60 (.767) when holds its opponents to 65 or fewer points under Coach Boyer. This season A-State is 2-3 in games in wich the opponents scores 65 or fewer points.


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