ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 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: After four consecutive games on the road, the Arkansas State Red Wolves return to the ASU Convocation Center for a Jan. 27 Sun Belt Conference clash with the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette. Tipoff for Wednesday night's game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. 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 Wednesday night with an overall record of 7-12, including a 2-6 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. The Red Wolves have lost two consecutive heading into the game. Arkansas State's last victory was a 77-76 win over North Texas Jan. 16 in Denton, Texas. Louisiana-Lafayette travels to Jonesboro at 8-12 on the season, with a 3-5 mark in league action. The Cajuns are riding a two-game win streak into the Convocation Center after defeating Troy and New Orleans last week in Lafayette.
THE ULL SERIES: Arkansas State leads the all-time series 37-12 and will be looking for its fourth consecutive win over the Ragin' Cajuns when the two teams meet Saturday at the Convo. When the two teams met last year, ASU picked up a 74-66 victory in Lafayette. The Red Wolves hold an 18-5 advantage in games played in Jonesboro, an 18-6 lead in games played in Lafayette and the series is tied 1-1 in games played on a neutral court. The last Louisiana-Lafayette victory in Jonesboro was a 74-71 win by the Cajuns during the 1999-2000 season, giving ASU a five-game win streak at the Convo.
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 175-147 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. Errol Rogers stands a 19-61 in his third season at Lafayette.
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: Freshman guard Quinishia McDowell had one of the best games of her short career Jan. 23 at FAU. McDowell tied her career-high in four statistical categories in the game by hitting five field goals, downing two three-pointers, scoring 13 points and recording four steals against the Owls...freshman guard/forward Jasmine Taylor hit a career-best two field goals on a career-high four attempts in the game, scoring a career-high four points...freshman Andi Watson scored a career-high three points, knocking down a career-best 3-of-4 free throws against the Owls.
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 (42.4) and offensive rebounds (17.0)...Sophomore guard NeNe Hurst is the league's leader in free throw percentage (.840) in all games played and in Sun Belt Conference games only (.941)...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...Arkansas State's 44 free throw attempts Nov. 18 against UAPB is tied for the most in the league as are the Red Wolves' 20 steals recorded Jan. 2 against North Texas.