ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at Denver Pioneers
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 8:07 p.m. (CT)
Magness Arena (7,200) Denver, Colorado
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats & JumpTV Webcasting Available at AStateRedWolves.com
TIPPING IT OFF: After playing three consecutive games at home, the Arkansas State Red Wolves return to the road for a Dec. 30 Sun Belt Conference matchup against the Denver Pioneers. Tipoff at Magness Arena is scheduled for 8:07 p.m., central time. All ASU games may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State will take the floor Wednesday night at 5-7 overall and 0-1 in Sun Belt Conference play. The Red Wolves have won two of their last three games, including their last outing, a 68-54 victory over Southern Illinois in the final non-conference game of the season. Denver enters the game at 7-5 overall and 2-0 in SBC action. The Pioneers have won six straight heading into Wednesday night's game, including Sun Belt Conference victories over Florida International and Louisiana-Monroe. The Pioneers are 5-1 at home this season, losing only to Wyoming in the season opener, 65-62.
THE DENVER SERIES: Arkansas State has an opportunity to even the series record when the two teams meet Wednesday night. Denver leads the series 8-7 and has won three of the last four meetings. The Red Wolves also have an opportunity to pick up their first-ever win at Denver after 0-7 in their previous trips to the Mile High City. Arkansas State holds a 5-1 advantage in games played in Jonesboro and a 2-0 advantage in games played at a neutral site in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. When the two teams met last season, Denver edged the Red Wolves 64-63 at Magness Arena before ASU evened the count for the season with a 72-65 victory at the ASU Convocation Center.
THE COACHES: Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer is in his 11th season at the helm of the Red Wolves program. Boyer holds a career record of 173-142 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. Now in his second season as the Pioneers' head coach, Erik Johnson's record at Denver stands at 23-20.
MILESTONE VICTORY: Arkansas State's 68-64 victory over Southern Illinois Dec. 23 marked the 100th career victory for ASU head coach Brian Boyer in games played at the ASU Convocation Center. With the victory, Arkansas State improved to 100-42 (.704) in all games played at the Convo under Boyer.