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Game Notes: @AStateWB vs UT Arlington

By: ArkansasState
Release: 02/10/2017
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UT Arlington
MAVERICKS
15-6 (8-3 SBC)
Feb 11 | 2 p.m.
College Park Center
Arlington, Texas
Arkansas State
RED WOLVES
5-19 (3-9 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 253-153 against league teams.
• Madison Heckert scored a career-high 14 points against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 2.
• A-State is in search of back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
• A win Saturday could vault A-State into 7th place in the SBC standings.
• The Red Wolves have a record of 43-8 on their home court over the last 4 years.
• Lauren Bradshaw moved into second place all-time with 107 for her career. She also just the third player in school history with 100 or more blocks.
• 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 6-19 on the season and 4-9 in the Sun Belt Conference.
• Give A-State their 53rd SBC win over the last 4 seasons.
• Give Arkansas State its 253rd win against an SBC opponent (in league play).
• Give A-State its first victory on the road this season. 
 
RECAPPING THE TEXAS STATE GAME
• Arkansas State jumped out to a great start against the Bobcats and knocked down 3-of-5 3-pointers in the first five minutes, but then went 0-5 for the rest of the first half.
• Texas State responded 15-0 run to take a lead it would not give up. The Red Wolves were able to cut the deficit to 23-22, but could not get any closer.
• A-State did a good keeping Texas State off the close and limited their second chance points to four in the game. On the flip side, A-State held 12-9 edge on the offensive boards and had 10 second chance points.
• Dominique Oliver had a career-high seven rebounds in the contest.
 
THE VALUE OF OLIVER
• A-State senior Dominique Oliver has been one of the Red Wolves' top players this season and enters Saturday's game as the team's active leading scorer at 11.0 points per contest. In league games she is averaging 11.3 points per game.
• She is the only player on the A-State roster to rank in 4 stastical categories in the Sun Belt for A-State. She ranks 17th in points, 10th assists, 10th in assist/turnover ratio and 3rd in minutes per game.
• She has set career-highs in every major offensive category this season and is the only A-State player to start every game this season. 
• She is averaging 35.4 minutes per game this season. Over the last six seasons only Aundrea Gamble had higher minute per game totals in each of her three seasons.
 
EYE POPPING NUMBERS
• Freshman forward Tahlon Hopkins has been a key component for A-State this season. She is averaging 9.4 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest.
• The points per game number is the best since Adrianne Davie (11.6) and Rudy Simms (12.0) each averaged in double-figures in their freshman seasons of 2003-04.
• The rebounding total is the most since Shay Scott averaged 7.5 rebounds per game during her freshman season in 2007-08.
 
HOLY HECKERT
• Madison Heckert turned in a career-night against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 2 at the Convocation Center.
• The true freshman scored a career-high 14 points and tied a career-high with five rebounds. She led the Red Wolves in scoring for the first time in her career and had a career-high two blocks.
• Her last block helped end a big run from the Chanticleers and allowed A-State to close the game on a 15-2 run to retake the lead and close out the game.
• Heckert followed up her performance with another career night against Appalachian State on Feb. 4 with season highs in blocks (4) and rebounds (8). She also played a career-high 33 minutes.
 
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 111 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 70th in the nation with 39 blocked shots, which ranks as the sixth most in a single season in A-State history.
 
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
• Three of A-State's 4 wins this season have come on its home court. 
• Since the 2013-14 season the Red Wolves have compiled a 42-8 record on its home court. The three losses this season are the most in a season during that span. 
• A-State has overall record of 154-53 on its home floor since joining the Sun Belt Conference.
 
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.
 
CONTINUING THE TREND
• Arkransas State's 3-point shooting prowess is nothing new. Last season A-State shot 35.1 percent, the fifth best mark in school history and the best in over a decade. 
• Additionally, Brittany Fowler leads the league in 3-ponter FG percentage at 42.6%
• The Red Wolves are currently shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc this season.
Year 3FG Pct. Games
1986-87 40.5 31
2002-03 37.1 30
1997-98 37.1 20
1999-00 36.9 30
1992-93 35.3 33
2015-16 35.1 33
 
MISSING PRODUCTION
• A-State has lost three players to injuries this season, two of which were among the Red  Wolves' leading scorers. 
• When Jada Ford was sidelined she was leading the team with an average of 11.9 points per game through 14 games.
• When Akasha Westbrook went down with an injury she was averaging 10.1 points per game through eight games. 
• Ford still leads the team in scoring, while Westbrook ranks third.
 
PLAYING TO THE ODDS
• If the Red Wolves score 70 or more points, A-State is 175-31 (.850) 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 197-59 (.770) 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.
 
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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