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A-State Women's Basketball Notes (vs. Western Kentucky)

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Release: 01/05/2013
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Arkansas State(5-9, 2-3) vs Western Kentucky (12-2, 5-0)

 

 

GAME INFORMATION

Date: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013

Tip-Off: 2:05 p.m. CST

Location: Jonesboro, Ark.

Arena: Convocation Center (10,563)

TV: N/A

Radio: East Arkansas Broadcasters

            95.3 FM The Ticket (Jonesboro)

            970 AM KNEA (Jonesboro)

Radio Talent: Brad Bobo (Play-by-Play)

 

SERIES

Series: 30-16, Western Kentucky

Series (In Jonesboro): 10-9

Current Streak: ASU, 1 Win

Last Meeting: Feb. 22, 2012

                         (56-53, ASU)

Boyer Record vs WKU: 11-13

 

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Quick Shots

 

•  This season will mark the 39th for women’s basketball at Arkansas State. 

• The Red Wolves have an all-time record of 191-133 against league teams.

• ASU recently had a four-game home winning streak snapped with its loss to Middle Tennesse.

Hanna Qedan scored a career high 22 points. She also made a career best nine free throws and tied a career high with three, 3-pointers.

• Senior Andi Watson did not play in the loss to Middle Tennessee on Jan. 2, which was the first time in 49 games in which she had not played, a streak that dated back to her sophomore 

• This will be the the 47nd meeting all-time between the Red Wolves and the Hilltoppers with Western Kentucky holding a 30-16 all-time series edge.

• ASU tied a season high with seven 3-pointers against Middle Tennessee and shot a season high .583 (7-12) from beyond the arc.

• A-State shot a season high 59.6 percent from the field against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 22. That mark missed the all-time record by just 3.6 precentage points, which was set last season against UT-Martin.

• Q McDowell has moved into 13th place on ASU’s all-time steals list with 156 for her career.

• Freshman guard Jalen O’Bannon made the first start of her career against Austin Peay and has started in every game since.

• Sophomore Hanna Qeden set career highs in points (12), blocks (3) and steals (3) in the 

   victory over Austin Peay on Dec. 17.

• Q McDowell has started in 89 straight games.

• A-State has knocked down a 3-pointer in 103 straight games.

Jane Morrill recorded her second career double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds 

    against Southeast Missouri State. 

• Junior Jane Morrill was voted a second-team SBC All-Conference selection after leading ASU in both scoring and rebounding last season.

• ASU is in its 19th season of competition in the Sun Belt Conference.

Brian Boyer is in his 14th season as the head coach of the ASU women’s basketball team.  He is the only coach in ASU history (men’s or women’s) to win 200 games and is the school’s all-time winningest basketball coach.

• Junior forward Jane Morrill was selected as a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection by College Sports Maddness.

• Seven of ASU’s 15 players are from the state of Arkansas. The list includes Hanna Qedan, Andi Watson, Jessica Flanery, Sandy Jackson, Xena King, Lindsey Killough and Brittney Gill.

Sonja Tate joined the ASU coaching staff over the summer, returning to ASU where she played  from 1990-93. She still holds records in six statistical categories at ASU.

Brian Boyer is 103-95 all-time against non-conference opponents.

 

ASU/WESTERN KENTUCKY HISTORY

• This will be the the 47nd meeting all-time between the Red Wolves and the Hilltoppers with Western Kentucky holding a 30-16 all-time series edge.

• ASU leads the series in Jonesboro 10-9, but has lost the previous two matchups to the 

   Hilltoppers at The Convo. Its last victory came in the 2008-09 season.

• ASU defeated 56-53 in Bowling Green last year behind a solid performance from Hanna Qedan and Jane Morrill.

• Boyer has an 11-13 all-time against Western Kentucky, the most wins of any ASU coach against WKU.

 

SCOUTING THE HILLTOPPERS

• Western Kentucky enters the game with a 12-2 record and have won seven straight games. 

• The Hilltoppers only losses this season have come against Illinois State and Vanderbilt. 

• WKU is outscoring is opponent by 7.2 points per game. 

• Alexis Govan is the team’s leading scorer with 19.9 points per game and also leads the team with 4.2 assists per contest.

• Michelle Clark-Heard is in her first season at Western Kentuck. She previously was the head coach at Kentucky State and was an assistant at Louisville last season.

 

QEDAN’S QUEST (PART TWO)

• For the second time this season sophomore guard Hanna Qedan enjoyed a career night. 

• Against Middle Tennessee she set a new career mark with 22 points, shattering her previous high of 12 earlier this season against Austin Peay. 

• She also set a career high with nine made free throws against the Blue Raiders on 10 attempts.

• She has made three, 3-pointers twice in her career. The first time came against Austin Peay and  the second time came against Middle Tennessee.

• Earlier this season against Austin Peay Qedan also set career highs in blocks (3) and steals (3).

• She set  a career-high with seven rebounds against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 1 and was one  rebound away from tying that career against Austin Peay.

 

WATSON’S CONSECUTIVE GAMES STREAK COME TO END

• Senior Andi Watson did not play in the loss to Middle Tennessee on Jan. 2, which was the first  time in 49 games in which she had not played, a streak that dated back to her sophomore season.

 

IT’S RAINING 3’s

• ASU tied a season high with seven 3-pointers against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 2.

• The squad also set a new season high with a .583, 3-point field goal percentage in the game.

 

 

KEEPING THE OPPONENT OFF THE LINE

• ASU held Middle Tennessee to a season low six free throw attempts and the Blue Raiders made just four of those attempts. 

 

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

• ASU’s 3-point defense has been outstanding this season and has allowed opponents to knock  down just 24.3 percent of the 3-pointers it has taken. That clip is 20th best in the nation.

• A-State’s Jane Morrill ranks 57th in the nation with a 51.5 field percentage on the year. 

• As a team, A-State ranks 70th with a 41.8 field goal percentage. 

 

SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT

• ASU shot a season high 59.6 percent from the field against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 22.

• That mark missed the all-time record by just 3.6 precentage points, which was set last season against UT-Martin.

• A-State shot 64.3 percent from the field against the Ragin’ Cajuns in the second half, which was its high field goal percentage in a half this year.

• The game also marked the third time the Red Wolves had shot over 50 percent in a game this season. ASU is 2-1 in games it shoots over 50 percent, with its only loss coming at Florida Atlantic.

• The Red Wolves finished with seasons highs in points, field goal percentage and field goals made against ULL. 

 

DISHING IT OUT

Ashley Olvera dished out a season high 9 assists, missing her career high by just one.  

Ashley Olvera has a 31 game active assist streak dating back to the 2011-12 season. 

• As a team, A-State had a season high 19 assists in the game.

• She ranks 21st on ASU’s all-time career assists list with 158 for her career. Ali Carter is 20th on the list with 159 career assists.

 

O’BANNON’S WINNING RECORD

• ASU is 3-1 when freshman Jalen O’Bannon is in the starting lineup this season.

• Against ULL, O’Bannon went 6-for-6 from the field and scored a career-high 13 points. 

• Her 6-for-6 day for the field is tied for the highest field goal percentage by an ASU player in the Convocation Center in school history. Only four other players, with a minimum of five attempts, have gone perfect from the field.

 

OFFENSIVE REBOUNDING WOES

• ASU has failed to reach double-digit rebounds for the third time this season against South Alabama (Dec. 29). 

• The Red Wolves tied a season low with just seven offensive rebounds against the Jaguars. The Red Wolves tallied just seven rebounds against FIU in November and eight in a home game against Wichita State.

• A-State is 0-3 in games in which it does not reach double digit offensive rebound totals, but is  4-4 in games where its opponent has more offensive rebounds.

 

NOT GETTING TO THE LINE

• ASU shot just three free throws against South Alabama, which was not only a season low, but  was the team’s lowest total since 2007.

• The last time ASU shot just three free throws in a game was a game at Washington on Nov. 25, 2007.

WATSON LIGHTS IT UP FROM OUTSIDE

• Senior Andi Watson had a career day from beyond the 3-point line against the Ragin’ Cajuns. She hit three straight 3-pointers and finished the game 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.

• Her previous career high in 3-pointers made in a game had been two, and before the Dec. 22 game she had made just eight 3-pointers in her career.

 

LEADER OF THE PACK

• Junior Jane Morrill has lead ASU in scoring ten times this season. She has been the leading  scorer in three of A-State’s four wins and has scored in double-digits in every game this season.

• She has also been the team’s leading rebounder eight times this season. 

• Against Austin Peay, Morrill set a career high with 11 free throws made. She also sent a career high with 15 free throw attempts. 

• Morrill has posted back-to-back 20 point games. She scored 21 points against Nicholls State and  then added 22 against Louisiana-Lafayette. She has crossed the 20-point mark three times this  season.

 

WINNING AND WINNING BIG

• ASU’s 31-point victory over Austin Peay was its largest margin of victory over an opponent since 

   the 2008-09 season when it defeated Northern Arizona 71-40. 

• The last time ASU defeated an opponent by a larger margin was the 2006-07 when it defeated 

   Arkansas-Pine Bluff 87-55 for a 32 point victory.

 

DOWNTOWN FLANERY 

• Freshman forward Jessica Flanery has made the most of her limited opportunities this season. She is averaging just 3.3 minutes in for games this season, but has drained four 3-pointers on  the year.

• She drained three, 3-pointers against Austin Peay on 3-of-4 shooting for a career-high 9  points.

 

TURNOVERS INTO POINTS

• In ASU’s five victories this season the Red Wolves have taken advantage of their opponents mistakes. ASU has forced their opponents into 99 turnovers in those games and has scored 112 points off those turnovers.

 

A STATISTICAL NIGHT TO REMEMBER

• A-State set several season highs against Austin Peay. The Red Wolves set season highs in points (75), field goals made (29), 3-pointers made (5), 3-point field goal percentage (.417) and tied  season highs in steals (11) and blocked shots (4).

• The ASU defense held Austin Peay to an opponent season low 44 points and also held the Lady Governors to just 17 made field goals, also an opponent season low for A-State.

 

 

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