TROY, Ala. (2/8/18) – Madison Heckert scored a career-high 17 points to pace four players in double-figures but it was not enough as the Arkansas State women’s basketball team lost to Troy 95-78 Thursday evening at Trojan Arena.
Heckert led the way with her sixth double-figure game of her career, while Peyton Martin fell one rebounds shy of her first career double-double with 14 point and nine rebound performance. Jada Ford added 14 points and Akasha Westbrook added 10 points to round out the scoring.
The Trojans finished the game by shooting 53.7 percent (36-of-67) from the field, while the Red Wolves (12-11, 7-5) knocked down 42.4 percent (28-of-66) of their attempts, including six, 3-pointers. The Red Wolves also scored a season-high 55 points off the bench and scored 38 points in the paint.
Kayla Robinson scored 18 points to lead Troy (12-10, 7-4), who had six players in double-figures.
How It Happened (First Half):
A-State fell behind early as the Trojans scored the game’s first 10 points before the Red Wolves were able to get on the scoreboard. The lead ballooned to 19-4 midway through the first quarter after a 7-0 by Troy and the quarter ended with Trojans holding a 28-14 advantage.
The Red Wolves responded in the second quarter and got within 29-18 early in the period, but a 3-pointer by Robinson slowed the momentum. A-State worked their deficit down to 44-32 with just over a minute to go in the half, but Troy responded again with back-to-back baskets and took a 46-32 lead into the break.
A-State turned the ball over 20 times in the first half, but also forced Troy into 17. However, the Trojans were able to score 20 points of the Red Wolves’ miscues.
Troy also shot 57 percent (17-of-30) from the field in the first half, while A-State knocked down 41 percent (14-of-34) of their attempts.
How It Happened (Second Half):
Troy continued to pressure the Red Wolves on both ends of the court in the second half and used a 7-0 run to go up 70-48 with 1:36 to go in the third quarter. The lead grew to its largest point at 89-64 with just under five minutes to go in the game.
The Red Wolves shot 56 percent from the field in the second half and scored 46 points, but it was not enough to overcome the slow start in the first quarter on both ends of the floor.
A-State’s bench finished with a season-high 55 points and the team got 22 points off turnovers, but Troy forced the Red Wolves into 31 turnovers and it scored 36 points off those turnovers.
Madison Heckert scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
Peyton Martin narrowly missed her first career double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
A-State’s bench scored a season-high 55 points.
The Red Wolves had three or more players in double-figures for the 13th time this season and recorded just its third loss of the year when having three or more players scoring double-figures.
Quoting Coach Boyer:
“The start to this game was just awful. The starting five did not play well and I subbed them out and put a new five and they didn’t do much better and things never really got better throughout the night. The really disappointing thing is that even though we got down 10-0 you can come back from that against Troy because they play so fast that it allows you come back from big leads, but you have be willing do that and we just weren’t able to do that tonight.”
Arkansas State will conclude their swing through the state of Alabama with a matchup with South Alabama on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tip-off from Mitchell Center is set for 1 p.m.