ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at South Alabama Jaguars
Sunday, January 10, 2010 3:00 p.m.
Mitchell Center (10,000) Mobile, Alabama
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
Television: The Sun Belt Conference Network & ESPN360.com
LiveStats & JumpTV Webcasting Available at AStateRedWolves.com
TIPPING IT OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves begin a four-game road swing Sunday afternoon when they travel to Mobile, Ala. to take on the Jaguars of South Alabama in a 3:00 p.m. Sun Belt Conference game at the Mitchell Center. The game will be televised live by the Sun Belt Conference Network and may be viewed on Suddenlink Cable channel 119 in Jonesboro and ESPN360.com. Other cities should check local listings for availability. 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 tip off against the Jags with an overall record of 6-9, with a 1-3 mark in Sun Belt Conference action. The Red Wolves were defeated 75-65 by Middle Tennessee in their last game but have won four of their last seven. South Alabama will take the court Sunday afternoon sporting a four-game win streak that has pushed its record to 9-6 on the season. The Jaguars are off to a 4-0 start in SBC action and have won seven of their last nine games.
THE SOUTH ALABAMA SERIES: Arkansas State leads the all-time series 25-7, including an 11-5 advantage in games played in Mobile, where the Red Wolves have won three straight. The Red Wolves are 11-2 against the Jaguars in games played in Jonesboro and hold a 3-0 advantage in games played on a neutral court. A-State had won four consecutive in the series going into last year's matchup in Jonesboro, but the Jaguars snapped the streak when South Alabama's Jessica Starling hit two free throws with three seconds remaining to give the Jaguars a 69-68 victory. The victory wiped out an 18-point second-half comeback that saw ASU take the lead twice in the final minute of play.
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 174-144 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 10th season as head coach of the Jaguars, Rick Pietri is 163-118 overall.
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.
RECENT NOTABLES: Six players set new career highs during the Red Wolves' 77-65 victory over North Texas Jan. 2. Junior Shay Scott poured in a career-high 21 points in the game, senior guard Ebonie Jefferson dished out a career-high seven assists to go along with a career-high nine assists from sophomore guard NeNe Hurst. Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup blocked a career-high four shots, while freshman guard Quinishia McDowell nabbed a career-best four steals in the game and junior transfer Breaunna Ellison handed out a career-best two assists.