ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at Florida Atlantic Owls
Saturday, January 23, 2010 4:00 p.m. (CST)
FAU Gymnasium (5,000) Boca Raton, Florida
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
TIPPING IT OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves wrap up their four-game road swing Saturday afternoon when they take on the Owls of Florida Atlantic in a 4:00 p.m. (CST) game at FAU Gymnasium. 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 court Saturday afternoon with an overall record of 7-11. The Red Wolves are currently 2-5 in Sun Belt Conference play. In its last game, ASU overcame a 12-point second half deficit to tie FIU late, but the Golden Panthers scored four unanswered in the final minute to secure a 65-61 win over the Red Wolves Wednesday night at FIU. Florida Atlantic enters Saturday's contest with a record of 8-10, including an even 4-4 slate in SBC action. The Owls have lost three consecutive, including a 73-63 setback to SBC-West leader UALR Wednesday night at FAU. Two of the Owls' three consecutive losses have been to league co-leaders UALR and Middle Tennessee.
THE FAU SERIES: Arkansas State leads the series 5-1, with the only loss to the Owls being a 54-44 defeat last year in Jonesboro. The Red Wolves are 1-0 against FAU in Boca Raton, 3-1 in games played in Jonesboro and 1-0 in games played on a neutral court.
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 175-146 and has directed the Red Wolves to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times, including three of the past six years. Boyer is assisted by Tanya Ray, Rebecca Peoples and Jennifer Sullivan. Chancellor Dugan is 131-178 in her 11th season as head coach at Florida Atlantic.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Arkansas State is wrapping up a four-game road swing with the Red Wolves visiting South Alabama, North Texas, FIU and Florida Atlantic. ASU is 1-2 thus far with all three games being decided by four points or less, and two of them being settled by a single point. The Red Wolves dropped a 68-67 decision at South Alabama Jan. 10 before bouncing back to claim a 77-76 victory at North Texas Jan. 16. The Red Wolves dropped a 65-61 decision at FIU Wednesday night. The four-game road trip is the longest stretch of games on an opponents' home court since the 2003-04 season when ASU played five consecutive SBC road games. Arkansas State finished that road stretch at 3-2 on its way to a 19-10 record that year that included a 10-4 mark in SBC action and the SBC-East division title.
WINNING THE CLOSE ONES: With its 77-76 victory over North Texas Jan. 16, Arkansas State improved to 4-2 on the season in games decided in the final minute and 2-1 in games decided by a single point. Additionally, ASU is 3-0 in games this season decided in overtime.
BREAKING A TREND: With their victory at North Texas Jan. 16, the Red Wolves picked up their first victory of the season in which an opponent won the battle on the boards. Heading into the game, the Red Wolves were 0-9 on the season when being out-rebounded by their opponent. North Texas out-rebounded Arkansas State 44-40 in the game, but ASU came out on top 77-76.
AMONG THE BEST IN THE BELT: In all games played, Arkansas State is currently leading the league in rebounding offense (42.8) and offensive rebounds (17.0)...Sophomore guard NeNe Hurst is the league's leader in free throw percentage (.826)...The Red Wolves have the Sun Belt's top two rebounding games this season, pulling down 71 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 59 against South Alabama...In Sun Belt games only, ASU's 20 steals against North Texas Jan. 2 is tied for the most in any conference game this season.
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.