ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at UALR Trojans
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 7:00 p.m.
Jack Stephens Center (5,600) Little Rock, 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 make the short trip to Little Rock Feb. 3 to take on the Trojans of UALR in a Sun Belt Conference West division matchup at the Jack Stephens Center. Tipoff for Wednesday night's game is scheduled for 7:00 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 9-12. The Red Wolves are 4-6 in SBC action and are in third place in the SBC-West division race. The Trojans bring an 11-game win streak into the game and are atop the SBC-West division standings at 9-1 and have won nine consecutive conference games. Overall, UALR stands at 16-5 on the season.
THE UALR SERIES: Arkansas State holds a 42-7 advantage in the overall series, but the series is tied at 5-5 over the last 10 games. The Trojans have come out on top in the last four games in Little Rock, but ASU holds a 16-5 advantage in games played at UALR. The Red Wolves lead 26-2 in games played in Jonesboro.
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 177-147 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 seventh season at UALR, Joe Foley is 119-82 as the Trojans' head coach.
JEFFERSON NAMED SBC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Arkansas State senior guard Ebonie Jefferson (Laurel, Miss.) has been named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for her performance in the Red Wolves two victories last week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Jefferson posted her second double-double of the season and the third of her career when she scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Red Wolves' 67-56 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Jan. 27. She followed that up with a 21-point, six-rebound effort in ASU's 74-58 victory over Denver Jan. 30. For the week, Jefferson connected on an impressive 16-of-31 (.516) shots from the floor, grabbed 17 rebounds, seven of which were on the offensive end, and added four steals and three assists.
"Ebonie is very deserving of this recognition," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "I thought she played extremely well this week in all aspects of the game. She scored, she rebounded the ball extremely well, her defense was outstanding and she made good decisions with the ball."
A preseason All-Sun Belt third-team selection, Jefferson leads the Red Wolves in scoring this season, averaging 15.6 points per game to rank third in the Sun Belt Conference. She also leads the team with an average of 2.5 steals per game which ranks fourth in the league, and her 6.1 rebounds per game average ranks 17th overall in the Sun Belt.
Jefferson has scored in double figures in 17 of the Red Wolves' 21 games this season, including five games with 20 or more points. She scored a career-high 27 points Nov. 27 against Missouri State and has led Arkansas State in scoring in 14 of the Red Wolves' games. With 963 career points to her credit, Jefferson needs just 37 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone and become the 18th ASU player to do so.
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: ASU senior forward Lyndsay Schlup notched a career-high four steals in the Red Wolves' 74-58 victory over Denver Jan. 30...freshman guard Quinishia McDowell connected on a career-best five free throws against the Pioneers...sophomore center Linsay Henke scored eight points in the game to set a new career scoring high.
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 and in conference games only, Arkansas State is currently leading the league in offensive rebounding, pulling down 17.0 per game in all games and 16.6 per contest in league games only...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.