|Arkansas State vs. Arkansas-Monticello
Nov. 4, 2013 | 7:05 p.m. CT
Jonesboro, Arkansas | Convocation Center (10,563)
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Arkansas State will conclude the exhibition season with a matchup with Arkansas-Monticello Monday night (Nov. 4) at the Convocation Center. A-State is coming off an impressive performance against Harding in its first exhibition game of the season which saw the Red Wolves win by double-digits in a 79-68 victory. It was the 17th exhibition victory in a row for A-State since 2005 and its 14th victory by double-digits during the same time frame.
The Red Wolves return the bulk of its scoring from last year including Preseason All-Sun Belt First Team selection Jane Morrill who led the squad with 14.3 points per contest. Jalen O'Bannon grabbed preseason third team honors after averaging in double-figures during conference play.
Redshirt sophomore Aundrea Gamble made an immediate impact by having one of the most impressive games by a player making her debut in recent memory. The Texas native scored 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists. Her 30 points were the most by an A-State player in an exhibition game since Nene Hurst scored 28 in 2010.
Arkansas-Monticello is making its second trip in The Convo in as many years and former A-State assistant coach Tanya Ray is in her third season as head coach of the Cotton Blossoms.
• This season will mark the 40th for women’s basketball at Arkansas State.
• Brian Boyer is 103-96 all-time against non-conference opponents.
• The Red Wolves have an all-time record of 201-138 against league teams.
• ASU is in its 20th season of competition in the Sun Belt Conference.
• A-State has knocked down a 3-pointer in 119 straight games.
• A-State has a 17-0 record against exhibition teams since the 2005 season.
• ASU has had double-digit victories in 14 of its last 16 exhibition games.
• A-State returns 69.32 percent of its scoring from last season, which combined for 1,277 points.
• On the boards, ASU returns 68 percent of its rebounding prowess which included 635 rebounds.
• Jane Morrill became just the 21st player in A-State women’s basketball history to surpass 1,000 points for her career.
ARKANSAS STATE/ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO HISTORY
• Even though Monday’s matchup is an exhibition game, the Red Wolves and Arkansas-Monticello have met 19 times in the regular season with the Cotton Blossoms holding an 11-8 edge.
• ASU has never faced Arkansas-Monticello at The Convo during regular season competition.
• Current A-State Head Coach Brian Boyer has never faced the Cotton Blossoms during the regular season.
• Since 2005, A-State and UAM have played in five exhibition matches with ASU winning all of them.
• A-State defeated the Cotton Blossoms 61-43 in an exhibition matcup last season.
SCOUTING THE COTTON BLOSSOMS
• Harding went 6-21 in 2012-13 season, including 3-17 in the Great American Conference.
• Jordan Goforth is the team’s top returner after averaging 12.8 points a year ago. • Goforth is also the team’s top returning rebounder.
• The Cotton Blossoms averaged 62.3 points per game last season.
• UAM ranked second in the GAC with 9.2 steals per game.
• The Cotton Blossoms had the highest turnover margin in the GAC last year at +2.26.
• UAM head coach Tanya Ray was an A-State assistant coach from 2002-11.
A-STATE EXHIBITION GAMES
• ASU is 17-0 in exhibition games since the 2005-06 season.
• A-State has outscored its oppoents 1,370-950 in exhibition games since 2005.
• ASU has had double-digit victories in 12 of its last 14 exhibition games.
GAMBLE SHINES IN DEBUT
• Redshirt sophomore Aundrea Gamble scored 30 points in Red Wolves debut against Harding.
• The 30 points was the most by an A-State player in an exhibition game since Nene Hurst scored 28 against Lyon College in 2010.
RED WOLVES PICKED THIRD
• A-State was picked to finish third in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll that was released Oct. 29.
MORRILL & O’BANNON NAB SBC HONORS
• Senior forward Jane Morrill and sophomore forward Jalen O'Bannon were selected to the All Sun Belt Conference Preseason team. Morrill was a first team selection while O’Bannon was selected to the third team.
• This marked the third straight season that Morrill had been selected to the preseason squad and it was the first selection for O’Bannon.