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Game Notes: @AStateWB vs Louisiana

By: ArkansasState
Release: 12/30/2016
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Louisiana
RAGIN' CAJUNS
6-4 (0-1 SBC)
Dec 31 | 2:30 PM
Convocation Center
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Arkansas State
RED WOLVES
3-10 (1-0 SBC)
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STORYLINES 

• This is the 43rd season of women’s basketball at Arkansas State.
• The Red Wolves have an all-time record of 250-144 against league teams.
• Brian Boyer captured career win No. 300 against Tulsa on Dec. 2.
• Jada Ford scored a career-high 30 points on Dec. 20, making her just third
freshman in A-State history to score 30 or more in a game.
• Brittany Fowler became the first A-State player since 2015 to go perfect from the 3-point line during a game on Dec. 29.
• The Red Wolves are in search of their 51st SBC win in the last 4 years.
• Arkansas State enters the season with seven true freshman on the squad.
• The seven true freshman are the most in the Brian Boyer era.
• The Red Wolves graduated its entire strating five from last season.
• Arkansas State has two seniors, Brittany Fowler and Dominique Oliver.
 
AN A-STATE WIN WOULD
• Improve A-State's record to 4-10 on the season and 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference.
• Give A-State their 51st SBC win over the last 4 seasons (most in the conference).
• Run the Red Wolves winning streak over the Ragin' Cajuns to 6 straight.
• Give Arkansas State its 251st win against an SBC opponent (in league play).
• Make A-State 2-0 in league play for the seventh time in their history.
 
RECAPPING THE ULM VICTORY
• A-State defeated ULM 71-56 to open up Sun Belt Conference play behind a strong performance by true freshman Jada Ford who scored a team-high 24 points and dished out a career-high 4 assists.
• The victory improved A-State to 16-11 all-time in SBC openers and 20-6 in SBC home openers. A-State is now also 10-3 when the SBC opener and the SBC home opener is the same game.
• The game was tied at 33-33 at halftime, but the Red Wolves forced the Warhawks into 12 
second halfturnvoers and scored 16 points off those turnovers to put the game away.
• The biggest run for A-State came in the fourth quarter when they went a 12-2 march to build a 15-point lead on their way to outscoring the Warhawks 20-12 in the period.
 
THE PERFECT ARC
• Brittany Fowler became the first A-State player since 2015 to go perfect from the 3-point line (min. 3 attempts) with her 4-for-4 performance against ULM on Dec. 29.
• The last player to do it was Hanna Qedan who went 3-for-3 against UALR on Jan. 29, 2015. 
• She is also just the second player in school history to be perfect from beyond the arc while making more than 3 shots. NeNe Hurst was a perfect 4-for-4 against Creighton on Nov. 11, 2008 as well.
 
WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU OGO
• Ogo Obinabo turned in the best performance of her career with a 7 points, 9 rebounds peformance against ULM on Dec. 29.
• Both were career-high for the junior from Plano, Texas.
• Obinabo has seen her minutes per game rise this season, as well as her rebounding and scoring averages.
 
TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
• A-State has now had more assists than turnovers in 2 out of its 3 contests, including most recently against ULM on Dec. 29.
• A-State had 16 assists to just 10 turnovers, its largest margin of the season in the category.
• The Red Wolves also had 13 assists to 8 turnovers against Northern Kentucky on Dec. 20. 
 
DIAPER DANDY
• Jada Ford has quickly become one of the league's top freshman and is the first A-State freshman to average in double-figures since Rudy Sims and Adrianne Davis each did it in 2003-04.
• Ford is the only freshman in the SBC to average more than 10.0 points per game. She currently stands at 12.5 ppg.
• Her current 12.5 ppg average is the most by an A-State freshman since Michelle Horton averaged 13.4 ppg in 1981-82.
 
FORD JOINS ELITE GROUP
• Jada Ford became the 22nd player in school history to eclipse 30 or more points in game when scored 30 against Northern Kentucky in Las Vegas on Dec. 20.
• Her 30 points were the most by a freshman since Keeshia Evans scored 30 against Lamar in 1998 and she is just the third freshman in school history to have 30 or more points in a game.
• This also marked the third straight season that the Red Wolves have had a player score 30 or more points in a game.
 
BRADSHAW GETS HER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
• Lauren Bradshaw secured her first career double-double with a 12-point, 12 rebound performance against Northern Kentucky on Dec. 20. 
• Bradshaw had been close to the mark several times throughout the season, having collected nine rebounds with a double-digit point total twice this season. 
 
HOPKINS SECURES DOUBLE-DOUBLE
• True freshman forward Tahlon Hopkins secured the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds against UT Martin on Dec. 14.
• She narrowly achieved the mark on Dec. 6 against Tulsa but fell two points short of reaching double figures.
• She is the only A-State player to have a double-figure rebounding game this season and she has done it twice. 
 
BLOCK PARTY
• 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 91 shots in her career, a mark that is the fourth most all-time.
• As a sophomore in 2015-16, she blocked 53 shots, third most in a single season in school history.
• She enters the week ranked 47th in the nation with 23 blocked shots and is averaging 1.9 bpg, the 59th best mark in the NCAA.
 
MILESTONE VICTORY
• A-State head coach Brian Boyer notched career-win No. 300 against Tulsa on Dec. 2, 2016.
• He became the second coach in A-State history to each 300 career victories while at the school (former men's coach John Brady reached 300 while at Arkansas State).
• He is also the first coach to win all 300 games while at Arkansas State.
 
CLUTCH WHEN IT COUNTS
• True freshman Starr Taylor knocked two free throws with 18 seconds to help A-State secure its first victory of the season against Tulsa on Dec. 2.
• Taylor finished the night 7-for-7 from the free throw line, marking the first time since Jan. 21, 2015 that an A-State player was perfect from the free throw line. Jasmine Hunt went 6-for-6 against UTA that year.
 
HI MY NAME IS...
• Seven freshmen will put on an Arkansas State jersey this season, the most during the Brian Boyer era.
• The Red Wolves had six freshmen on the team during the 2000-01 season and has had as many as five freshmen on a team six times since then.
• Of the 7 freshman, 5 are from the state of Arkansas, 1 from Tennessee and 1 from Oklahoma.
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