ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
vs. Denver Pioneers
Saturday, January 30, 2010 3:05 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: The Arkansas State Red Wolves host their second consecutive Sun Belt Conference West division opponent Saturday afternoon when the Denver Pioneers visit the ASU Convocation Center for a 3:05 p.m. tilt. 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 enters Saturday's contest with an overall record of 8-12 after defeating Louisiana-Lafayette 67-56 Wednesday night at the Convocation Center. With the win over the Ragin' Cajuns, the Red Wolves improved to 3-6 in league play and are in third place in the SBC-West division standings. The Pioneers travel to Jonesboro at 13-7 on the year and are in second place in the SBC-West with an 8-2 conference record. The Pioneers have won 12 of their last 14 games but were tripped up at UALR in their most recent outing, losing 64-58 to the Trojans in Little Rock Wednesday night.
THE DENVER SERIES: The Pioneers took a two-game lead in the overall series when they defeated the Red Wolves 65-50 Dec. 30 at Magness Arena in Denver in the season's first meeting between the two teams. Denver leads the series 9-7 and has won four of the last five meetings. 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, but the Red Wolves are 0-8 in games played in the Mile High City.
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 176-147 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. Now in his second season as the Pioneers' head coach, Erik Johnson's record at Denver stands at 29-22.
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.
RAISING THE BAR: Three Arkansas State players set or tied career highs in various statistical categories in the Red Wolves' 67-56 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Jan. 27. Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup swatted away a career-high five shots, which was also the most for any ASU player in a game this season. Junior forward Shay Scott connected on a career-high eight field goals, and her shooting percentage of .667 (8-12) is tied for the highest for any player in game this season. Sophomore NeNe Hurst hit 6-of-9 field goals against Southern Illinois Dec. 22. Freshman guard Quinishia McDowell tied her career assist mark when she handed out seven against the Ragin' Cajuns. Additionally, the Red Wolves blocked seven shots as a team against ULL, the most in any game this season. Arkansas State also held ULL to just 20 field goals in the game, which is tied for the fewest of any opponent this year.