ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 7:05 p.m.
ASU Convocation Center (10,727) Jonesboro, Arkansas
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats & JumpTV Webcasting Available at AStateRedWolves.com
TIPPING IT OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the ASU Convocation Center Wednesday night in the 2009-10 home opener. Tipoff between the Red Wolves and Lady Lions is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats and video will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State stands at 1-1 following Monday night's 80-79 overtime win at Kansas State. The Red Wolves dropped their season opener, falling 77-54 Nov. 13 on the road at Creighton. Arkansas-Pine Bluff travels to Jonesboro in search of its first win. The Golden Lions are 0-2, losing their Nov. 13 season-opener at Mississippi State 106-48 and falling 102-57 at Notre Dame Nov. 15.
THE UAPB SERIES: Arkansas State leads the series 19-5 and has won 10 consecutive over the Golden Lions, and 14 of the last 15 meetings between the two programs. In the last meeting between the two teams, A-State posted a 73-54 victory over UAPB at the Convocation Center during the 2007-08 season. The last UAPB victory in the series was a 78-77 win over ASU during the 1979-80 season. ASU head coach Brian Boyer is 4-0 against the Golden Lions, and ASU holds a 5-0 advantage over UAPB in games played at The Convo. Arkansas State has also set several team records when playing against UAPB. In ASU's 65-19 victory during the 1975-76 season, UAPB's 19 points were the fewest given up by ASU in program history, and A-State cleaned the glass for a program-record 75 rebounds in the game. Arkansas State's 69-point victory in a 110-41 blowout during the 1977-78 season remains the largest victory margin in program history, and ASU's 110 points in the game are the third-most that A-State has scored in a single game.
THE COACHES: Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer is entering his 11th season at the helm of the Red Wolves program. Boyer holds a career record of 169-136 and has directed the Red Wolves to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times, including three of the past five years. Boyer is assisted by Tanya Ray, Rebecca Peoples and Jennifer Sullivan. Cary Shelton is in his first year as head coach at UAPB and is 0-2 heading into Wednesday night's game. Shelton is a 2005 graduate of Arkansas State and served as a student-manager on Boyer's staff while pursuing his degree at ASU.
BOYER CLIMBING: With 89 Sun Belt Conference victories, ASU head coach Brian Boyer is now fourth all-time in Sun Belt Conference wins. Boyer trails FIU head coach Cindy Russo, who is in third place with 94 wins to her credit. Former Louisiana Tech head coach Leon Barmore tops the list with 135 SBC victories. With 168 overall victories to his credit, Boyer is in second place on the Arkansas State all-time wins list, trailing only Jerry Ann Winters, who finished with 196 victories in 11 seasons at ASU.
WORKING OVERTIME: With their 80-79 overtime win at Kansas State Nov. 16, the Red Wolves have improved to 9-0 during the regular season in overtime games under head coach Brian Boyer. Six of those games have been played on the road, with the remaining three at home. In all overtime games played under Boyer, the Red Wolves stand at 8-2, falling to New Mexico State in double overtime in the 2004 Sun Belt Conference Tournament and to New Orleans in the 2002 SBC Tournament.
Overtime Games Under Boyer
2009-10 - ASU 80, @ Kansas State 79
2008-09 - ASU 76, @ Indiana St. 68
2007-08 - ASU 72, FIU 64
2006-07 - ASU 65, @ ULL 58
2004-05 - ASU 85, @ FIU 74
2003-04 - ASU 86, @ UALR 79
2003-04 - N. Mexico St. 71, ASU 56 (2OT)
at Bowling Green, Kentucky
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
2002-03 - ASU 69, UNO 63
2002-03 - ASU 63, Belmont 62
2001-02 - UNO 51, ASU 47
at New Orleans, Louisiana
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
2000-01 - ASU 79, @ McNeese 74
RAISING THE BAR: Several players posted career highs in ASU's 80-79 overtime win at Kansas State Nov. 16, including senior Ebonie Jefferson who scored a career-high 22 points. Jefferson also posted career-bests in field goals attempted (18), field goals made (9) and minutes played (40). Junior forward Shay Scott played a career-high 40 minutes in the game, while sophomore guard Meghan Lewis recorded her first career assists (2) and steals (2). Freshman guard Quinishia McDowell scored a career-high eight points and also recorded career bests in field goals attempted (9), field goals made (3), free throws attempted and made (2-2), assists (3) and minutes played (30). Sophomore center Linsay Henke scored a career-high six points, grabbed a career-best six rebounds, played a career-high 25 minutes and logged career bests in field goals attempted and made (3-7).
SBC HONORS: Arkansas State senior Ebonie Jefferson (Laurel, Miss.) has been named preseason third-team All-Sun Belt Conference, and the Red Wolves are picked third in the Sun Belt West Division preseason poll as voted on by the league's 13 head coaches, the conference office announced Oct. 20.
"I expect Ebonie to play at an all-conference level this season," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "I can't imagine that there is a tougher competitor or a harder worker in the league. I am so proud of how far Ebonie has come during her career, and I look forward to her continued improvement this season."
Jefferson scored in double figures in 14 of ASU's last 17 games a year ago, had 19 double-figure games on the season and led ASU in scoring with an 11.8 points-per-game average, a figure that climbed to 13.0 points-per-game in Sun Belt Conference play.
The Red Wolves return three of their top four scorers and four of the top five rebounders from last year's team that finished 16-14.
RECORDS WATCH: With her 17 rebounds in ASU's two games last week, junior forward Shay Scott moved into the top-20 on the ASU career rebounding charts with 457 boards. Scott is currently in 17th place and needs 28 rebounds to take over sole possession of 16th place on the chart. Scott is also among the career leaders for blocked shots, sitting in ninth place with 46. Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup has 43 blocked shots in her career to rank 10th all-time at ASU. Senior guard Ebonie Jefferson has 99 steals in her career after her seven thefts last week at Creighton and Kansas State and is now in 22nd place on the all-time steals chart.
THE RED WOLVES AT HOME: Over the last five years, the ASU women's basketball program boasts a winning percentage of .811 at the ASU Convocation Center. The Red Wolves are 208-62 (.770) all-time at the Convocation Center and 97-39 (.713) under head coach Brian Boyer.
ASU IN SEASON OPENERS: The Red Wolves are 20-16 all-time in season openers, with a record of 7-14 when opening the season on the road. Under head coach Brian Boyer, the Red Wolves are 6-5 in season-openers, including a 3-5 record when opening on the road.
LAST TIME OUT: MANHATTAN, Kan. (11-16-2009) - Sophomore Megan Lewis' three-pointer with 9.6 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-1) to an 80-79 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats (0-2) Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
Arkansas State rallied from 14 points down in the second half to force the overtime and pick up their first victory over a Big XII opponent since an 80-73 win over Oklahoma State during the 2006-07 season. The win was also the first road win against the Big XII since a 72-70 win at Kansas during the 1999-2000 season. The ASU victory was just the second non-conference home loss for Kansas State over its last 30 games at Bramlage Coliseum.
Senior guard Ebonie Jefferson led Arkansas State on the night with 22 points, while junior forward Shay Scott added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard NeNe Hurst also finished in double figures with 16 points.
The Red Wolves controlled the boards on the night, out-rebounding the Wildcats 47-35, including 25 rebounds on the offensive glass. After struggling to shoot just 30.3 percent in the first half, ASU bounced back in the second half to hit 16-of-32 shots, then knocked down 6-of-9 in the overtime period (.667) to out-shoot the Wildcats on the night 43.2 percent to 42.6 percent.
"It was a very gutsy performance for us," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "We came out with a lot of fight in the second half, but there was a point when I thought we were in trouble. I was really proud of our team that it didn't happen, and we kept chipping away and getting closer and closer. Sometimes that puts a lot of pressure on the home team, and in the end, maybe that is what happened."
"Meghan is always going to be a weapon for us," added Boyer. "She doesn't have the prettiest form, but she can really shoot it. She has no fear and a quick release and she was able to answer the call and hit a huge shot."
Both teams rallied from four points down in overtime. ASU took an early 71-67 lead in the extra period before Kansas State fought back to go up 77-73 on a three-pointer from guard Brittany Chambers with 1:41 to play.
Arkansas State countered with four straight points from Jefferson to tie the game at 77 with 45 seconds remaining before K-State forward Ashley Sweat sank two free throws to give the Wildcats a 78-77 advantage with 24 seconds to play. Lewis' three-pointer put ASU on top for good, and Kansas State was unable to get the ball past half court in the final nine seconds.
Down eight at the break, Arkansas State opened the second half with a bucket from Jefferson and a pair of free throws from Hurst to cut the Wildcat lead to 35-31, but Kansas State countered with a 10-0 run to go up 45-31.
The Red Wolves again chipped away at the lead, pulling to within a bucket at 50-48 on a turnaround jumper just outside the lane from Scott with 10:31 remaining, then took their first lead at 59-58 when senior forward Lyndsay Schlup scored on a layup with 3:56 to play.
A steal and layup from Lewis bumped the A-State lead to 61-58 at the 3:48 mark, but K-State answered with three free throws over the next 44 seconds to tie the game at 61.
Jefferson put ASU back on top 63-61 on a putback with 2:38 remaining, then put the Red Wolves up by four at 65-61 with a jumper in the lane following a K-State turnover. Kansas State used a free throw from Sweat and a three-pointer from Chambers to tie the game at 65 with 1:30 to go.
Chambers followed an ASU turnover with a layup with 41 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 67-65 lead, but ASU answered with a bucket from sophomore forward Linsay Henke to tie the game at 67 with 25 seconds to play to send the game into overtime.
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP: In an effort to help acclimate Arkansas State's international students to life in the United States, the ASU women's basketball program began a partnership with the university's international community by holding a basketball clinic Sunday evening at the ASU Convocation Center.
Over 80 international students were on hand as the team members and coaching staff introduced themselves and introduced the students to Red Wolves women's basketball. The students joined the team on the court for drills and fundamental instruction, then enjoyed a pizza party to wrap up the night's activities.
"This is a semester-long project that got underway with the clinic last night," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "We wanted to let our international students know how much we appreciate them and to encourage them to be more involved with all of the activities on campus. We also wanted to increase their awareness of athletics here at Arkansas State, introduce them to the Convocation Center and allow them to get to know our team."
Arkansas State's players will partner with an international student throughout the semester, meeting with the student for at least an hour each week to help them become familiar with Arkansas State and ease their transition to life in the United States.
The women's basketball team will salute ASU's international students at the Nov. 18 home opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Next week's game has been designated as "International Students Night" at the Convocation Center.
RED WOLVES ADD MORRILL: JONESBORO, Ark. (11/11/09) - Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer announced Wednesday that Scott City, Mo. standout Jane Morrill has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Arkansas State University.
A 6'1" forward, Morrill is on pace to top the 1,000-point mark in her career at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and averages 15.7 points and nine rebounds per game. She is a two-time All-Conference, All-District and All-Regional selection, earning conference MVP honors following her sophomore year with the Bulldogs. She has blocked 151 shots over the past two seasons at Notre Dame and is expected to finish her career as the school's all-time leader.
"From day one, Jane was our number one recruit, and we were so excited when she committed to us," said Boyer. "She is going to be an impact front-line player at this level. She is not only a very good scorer, but she is a very versatile post player. She understands the game and passes it very well for a player her size."
In addition to her skills on the basketball court, Morrill is a two-time All-State softball player at Notre Dame, also earning All-Conference, All-District and All-Regional honors along the way. She is the daughter of Alan and Carla Morrill.
"Jane is the total package," said Notre Dame head coach Renee Peters. "She has size, shooting ability, passing ability, shot blocking ability and rebounding ability. She knows the game so well. She can see the game set up and know how to thread the needle with passes. She is also an excellent perimeter shooter and ball handler. You are not going to see many girls her size take the ball behind their back when they take someone one-on-one. But she isn't someone who worries about cushioning stats and making herself look better; she wants to win and however that falls in place is fine with her."
QEDAN INKS WITH ASU: JONESBORO, Ark. (11/11/09) - Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer announced Wednesday that Hanna Qedan, a 5'11" guard from Farmington, Ark., has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Red Wolves lineup for the 2010-11 season.
"Hanna can really shoot the ball," said Boyer. "To go along with that, she has very good size for a guard, so she is able to get a shot off on a lot of people. But the thing that really stands out about her is her explosiveness. She handles the ball just as well left or right, so she is more than just a shooter, she is a very good all-around guard."
The Farmington High School standout averages 19.4 points per game, 11.0 rebounds per game and four blocks per game. She has 19 double-doubles so far in her career and owns a 32-point career-high game. She was named All-Conference and an AAO Top 25 Camp nominee. She was selected to the All-Northwest Arkansas team, the All-County team, the KURM Dream Team and was a Top 10 All-American Camp participant.
"Hanna is a tenacious player on both ends of the floor," said Farmington head coach Brad Johnson. "She is a big guard who has a great face-up game. She can shoot it from outside, but probably her biggest asset is her explosiveness to the basket. She gets to the basket quickly with either hand and she is big enough and physical enough that she can take it down low and post up. She is a very versatile player and knowing the offensive sets that Coach Boyer runs at ASU, she is tailor-made for them offensively."
She is the daughter of Bashar and Jeri Qedan.