November 20 & 21, 2009 8:00 p.m.(ET) & TBA Walsh Gymnasium (2,600) South Orange, New Jersey
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats & JumpTV Webcasting Available at AStateRedWolves.com
TIPPING IT OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves head to South Orange, New Jersey to take part in the Anaconda Sports & The Rock Seton Hall Classic. The Red Wolves will be joined in the classic by Virginia Commonwealth, Morgan State and host Seton Hall. Arkansas State will take on Virginia Commonwealth Friday at 8:00 p.m. (ET) before facing Morgan State or Seton Hall Saturday. A Red Wolves victory over VCU would put Arkansas State into Saturday's 3:00 p.m. championship game. Saturday's consolation game is scheduled for 1:00 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 (of games involving Seton Hall only) will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State will open play against VCU at 2-1 on the year. A-State dropped its season opener at Creighton, 77-54, then rebounded to defeat Kansas State 80-79 in overtime in Manhattan, Kan. The Red Wolves defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72-58 Wednesday night in Jonesboro before leaving Thursday for New Jersey. Virginia Commonwealth is 1-0 on the season after posting a 72-58 victory over Virginia Tech in its only game thus far. Seton Hall stands at 2-0 on the year, with victories over Rider (63-49) and Marshall (53-52) to its credit. Morgan State enters the classic at 1-1, losing to UNC-Greensboro 85-68 before bouncing back to whip North Carolina Central 75-38.
ASU AGAINST THE FIELD: Arkansas State has never played Virginia Commonwealth, Seton Hall or Morgan State in women's basketball.
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 170-136 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. Beth Cunningham is in her seventh season as head coach at VCU, compiling a 108-75 record along the way. Phyllis Mangina is 345-347 and in her 25th year as head coach at Seton Hall, and Donald Beasley is now in his fifth season at Morgan State and has a mark of 60-62.
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.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup and junior forward Shay Scott both recorded double-doubles against Arkansas-Pine Bluff to mark the Red Wolves' first game with two double-doubles since Scott and senior guard Ebonie Jefferson each doubled-up against North Texas during the 2007-08 season. Schlup finished the UAPB game with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Scott scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Schlup's double-double was the second of her career while Scott has now piled up 13 double-doubles.
CLEANING THE GLASS: The Red Wolves tied a Convocation Center record for rebounding in their 72-58 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff when ASU ripped down 71 rebounds against the Golden Lions, matching the mark set against Ouachita Baptist Dec. 13, 1988. Arkansas State's 71 rebounds in the game was just shy of the school record of 75 set against UAPB during the 1975-76 season. The Red Wolves' 34 offensive rebounds against UAPB topped the previous Convocation Center high of 33 set against Central Florida Feb. 14, 1991.
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 Arkansas State's 72-58 victory over UAPB Wednesday night. In posting her first career double-double, senior forward Lyndsay Schlup scored a career-high 16 points. Schlup attempted and made a career-high from the free throw line (8-9) while playing a career-most 35 minutes. Sophomore center Linsay Henke grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds and recorded her first assist against the Golden Lions, while senior guard Ebonie Jefferson attempted and made a career-high from the charity stripe (9-14). Freshman guard Quinishia McDowell also attempted and made a career-high from the free throw line (4-9) which was part of a career-high 10 points. McDowell also snared a career-best seven rebounds in the game, as did sophomore guard Meghan Lewis, who pulled down a career-high eight boards. Freshman guard LaWanda Clayborn scored her first career points in the game and made the first field goal of her ASU career. Freshman guard Andi Watson pulled down her first career rebound against the Golden Lions. As a team, the Red Wolves tied an ASU Convocation Center record for rebounds with 71, just missing the school mark of 75. A-State's 34 offensive rebounds in the game were also a Convo record.
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 12 rebounds against UAPB, junior forward Shay Scott continued to climb the ASU career rebounding charts and sits in 17th place with 469 boards. Scott is currently needs 16 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 47. Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup has 44 blocked shots in her career to rank 10th all-time at ASU. Senior guard Ebonie Jefferson has 102 steals in her career after her three thefts against UAPB and is now in 21st place on the all-time steals chart.
THE RED WOLVES AT HOME: Over the last five-plus years, the ASU women's basketball program boasts a winning percentage of .811 at the ASU Convocation Center. The Red Wolves are 209-62 (.771) all-time at the Convocation Center and 98-39 (.715) 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: JONESBORO, Ark. (11-18-2009) - Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and junior forward Shay Scott also added a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-1) defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-3) 72-58 Wednesday night in the Red Wolves' home opener at the ASU Convocation Center. The Red Wolves tied a Convocation Center record with 71 rebounds on the night, including a record 34 on the offensive end. For the night, Arkansas State logged a 71-45 advantage on the boards as the Red Wolves pulled away late to seal the win. In addition to the double-doubles from Schlup and Scott, Arkansas State also got a game-high 19 points from senior guard Ebonie Jefferson, 10 points from sophomore guard Meghan Lewis and 10 points from freshman guard Quinishia McDowell. Sophomore center Linsay Henke finished in double figures on the boards with 12 rebounds, while Jefferson added nine, Lewis eight and McDowell seven. Shay Holmes led UAPB with 16 points. "We were very fortunate to get out of here with a win," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "Pine Bluff just went all-out...and they play harder than any team I have seen there. Fortunately we were able to gather our composure late, made enough stops late and hit enough free throws late to find a way to squeak out a win." Arkansas-Pine Bluff held a 45-43 advantage with less than 11 minutes to play, but Scott worked inside for a bucket to tie the game at 45, McDowell followed with a layup and the Red Wolves did not trail again, outscoring the Golden Lions 27-13 in the final 10 minutes of the game. The Red Wolves return to action Friday at 7:00 p.m. when Arkansas State takes on Virginia Commonwealth in the opening round of the Anaconda Sports & The Rock Seton Hall Classic in South Orange, N.J.