ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Monday, February 8, 2010 7:05 p.m.
ASU Convocation Center (10,727) Jonesboro, Arkansas
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
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TIPPING IT OFF: After two consecutive games on the road, the Arkansas State Red Wolves return to the ASU Convocation Center Monday night to play host to the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe in a 7:05 p.m. Sun Belt Conference West Division matchup. All ASU games may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com.
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State returns to the Convo with an overall record of 9-14, including a 4-8 mark in Sun Belt Conference action. In their last outing, the Red Wolves were defeated 70-57 Feb. 6 at New Orleans. Louisiana-Monroe will take the court at 9-14 on the season on the season as well, with a 3-10 record in league action. In their most recent action, the Warhawks lost 83-59 at Western Kentucky Feb. 3.
THE ULM SERIES: Arkansas State leads the all-time series 13-10 and has won 12 of the last 13 games in the series, including the last three. Arkansas State won both of the meetings between the two teams last year, defeating the Warhawks 64-54 in Jonesboro before earning a 66-63 win in Monroe later in the season. The Warhawks one victory in the last 12 games came during the 2007-08 season in Monroe, when ULM handed ASU a 68-59 defeat in the first of two meetings between the two teams.
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 177-149 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. Mona Martin is currently in her 15th season as head coach at Louisiana-Monroe and holds a career-record of 216-209.
JEFFERSON NAMED SBC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Arkansas State senior guard Ebonie Jefferson (Laurel, Miss.) was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for her performance in the Red Wolves two victories last week, the league office announced Monday, Feb. 1.
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: Junior Shay Scott blocked a career-high four shots during Arkansas State's 70-57 loss at New Orleans Feb. 6. Scott also tied her career-high in minutes played when she logged 35 against the Privateers...freshman Jasmine Taylor scored a career-high eight points against the Privateers while playing a career-high 18 minutes. Taylor also drained a career-best two three-pointers.
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.
WORKING OVERTIME: With their 67-60 overtime victory over UT-Arlington Dec. 15, Arkansas State improved to 11-0 during the regular season in overtime games under head coach Brian Boyer. Seven of those games have been played on the road, including this year's 80-79 victory at Kansas State and the Red Wolves' 65-62 win at Northern Arizona. Arkansas State's three overtime victories this season are the most ever in a single season for ASU. The Red Wolves played three overtimes in three previous seasons (1983-84, 1989-90 and 2002-03) but finished 2-1 in those games each year. Arkansas State has never played four overtime games in a single season. In all overtime games played under Boyer, the Red Wolves stand at 11-2, falling to New Mexico State in double overtime in the 2004 Sun Belt Conference Tournament and to New Orleans in the 2002 SBC Tournament.
Overtime Games Under Boyer
2009-10 - ASU 67, UT-Arlington 60
2009-10 - ASU 65, @ Northern Arizona 62
2009-10 - ASU 80, @ Kansas State 79
2008-09 - ASU 76, @ Indiana St. 68
2007-08 - ASU 72, FIU 64
2006-07 - ASU 65, @ ULL 58
2004-05 - ASU 85, @ FIU 74
2003-04 - ASU 86, @ UALR 79
2003-04 - N. Mexico St. 71, ASU 56 (2OT)
at Bowling Green, Kentucky
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
2002-03 - ASU 69, UNO 63
2002-03 - ASU 63, Belmont 62
2001-02 - UNO 51, ASU 47
at New Orleans, Louisiana
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
2000-01 - ASU 79, @ McNeese 74
BOYER CLIMBING: With 93 Sun Belt Conference victories, ASU head coach Brian Boyer is now fourth all-time in Sun Belt Conference wins. Heading into the current season, Boyer trailed FIU head coach Cindy Russo, who was in third place with 94 wins to her credit and now has 100. Former Louisiana Tech head coach Leon Barmore tops the list with 135 SBC victories. With 175 overall victories to his credit, Boyer is in second place on the Arkansas State all-time wins list, trailing only Jerry Ann Winters, who finished with 196 victories in 11 seasons at ASU.
RECORDS WATCH: With her seven rebounds against UNO Feb. 6, junior forward Shay Scott sits in 10th place on the ASU all-time rebounding chart with 606 rebounds in her career. Keeshia Evans (1998-2001) is in 9th place with 624 rebounds during her career. Scott is also tied for sixth place on the ASU blocked shots career chart with 66. Scott is tied with teammate Lyndsay Schlup and the pair now trails Shyla Tucker (1991-94) who blocked 68 shots in her career to stand in fifth place. Senior guard Ebonie Jefferson is now in 11th place on the all-time steals chart after recording three against New Orleans to bring her total to 148. She now trails Rae-Anne Smith (1999-02) who is in 10th place with 153 steals. With 984 career points to her credit, Jefferson needs just 14 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone and become the 18th ASU player to do so. With 17 points at New Orleans, Jefferson moved into the top-20 on the ASU all-time scoring chart and now trails Rae-Anne Smith (1999-02) who is in 19th place with 991 points.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR SCHLUP - Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup recorded the her second double-double of the season and third of her career when she pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 11 points against FAU Jan. 23 in Boca Raton. Schlup also recorded a double-double earlier this season with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Schlup continues to lead ASU on the boards this season with a 7.9 rebounds per-game average, and her 10 rebounds against FAU gave her six double-digit rebound games on the season.
EB ON A ROLL: After scoring seven points in ASU's season opener at Creighton, senior guard Ebonie Jefferson has scored in double figures in all but four of ASU's games since, including double-doubles in the Red Wolves' wins over Northern Arizona and ULL. Jefferson has been ASU's leading scorer in 15 of ASU's 23 games this season and has five of the top eight individual scoring performances of the year for the Red Wolves. One week after earning all-tournament honors at the Nov. 20-21 Seton Hall Classic, Jefferson scored a career-high 27 points against Missouri State Nov. 27 to help her average a team-best 21.7 points in ASU's three games during the week of Nov. 24-30. Jefferson opened her week with a 20-point performance against Louisiana Tech, added 27 against Missouri State and finished the week with 18 at Saint Louis. For the week, Jefferson shot 50% from the field (21-42), .821 from the line (23-28) and averaged 5.7 rebounds per game. She also added six steals, six assists and a blocked shot. In Arkansas State's only game the following week, Jefferson scored a game-high 23 points and completed her second career double-double with 11 rebounds in ASU's 65-62 overtime victory at Northern Arizona Dec. 5. She hit 9-of-14 shots from the field against the Lumberjacks, five-of-7 from the line and added three steals in the game. Jefferson is closing in on the 1,000-point mark for her career as well. With 986 career points to her credit, Jefferson needs just 14 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone and become the 18th ASU player to do so.
ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Senior Ebonie Jefferson was named to the all-tournament team at the Anaconda Sports & The Rock Seton Hall Classic last weekend following her performance in ASU's two games. Jefferson scored in double figures in both of ASU's games, finishing with 11 points against Virginia Commonwealth in the Red Wolves' opening game before repeating the effort in Saturday's consolation game against Seton Hall. Jefferson also had five steals and eight rebounds in the two-game classic. Jefferson was joined on the team by Kandice Green of Seton Hall, Corin Adams and Erin Hawkins of Morgan State and La'Tavia Rorie and D'Andra Moss of VCU, with Moss earning MVP honors.
SCHLUP SHINES: Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup was outstanding on the boards for Arkansas State during the week of Nov. 24-30. Schlup opened the week with a 6-rebound performance against Louisiana Tech, cleaned the glass for 13 rebounds against Missouri State, then topped that figure with 15 more against Saint Louis. For the week, Schlup averaged 11.3 rebounds per game and added four blocked shots and four steals. She currently leads the Red Wolves on the boards, averaging 8.4 rebounds per game and has five double-digit rebounding games this season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior guard Ebonie Jefferson (23 points, 11 rebounds) and junior forward Shay Scott (16 points, 10 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles in ASU's 65-62 overtime win at Northern Arizona Dec. 5, marking the second time this season that two ASU players have posted a double-double in the same game. Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup and junior forward Shay Scott both recorded double-doubles against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18 to mark the Red Wolves' first game with two double-doubles since Scott and senior guard Ebonie Jefferson each doubled-up against North Texas during the 2007-08 season. Schlup finished the UAPB game with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Scott scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jefferson and Schlup's double-doubles were the
second of their careers while Scott has now piled up 15 double-doubles.
HOT SHOOTING: Although the Red Wolves came up on the short end of a 79-70 score, Arkansas State made a season-high seven 3-pointers at Saint Louis Nov. 30 and shot a season-high .467 (7-15) from behind the arc. Additionally, the Red Wolves committed a season-low 14 turnovers against the Billikens.
CLEANING THE GLASS: The Red Wolves tied a Convocation Center record for rebounding in their 72-58 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff when ASU ripped down 71 rebounds against the Golden Lions, matching the mark set against Ouachita Baptist Dec. 13, 1988. Arkansas State's 71 rebounds in the game was just shy of the school record of 75 set against UAPB during the 1975-76 season and are the most pulled down by any team in the Sun Belt this season. The Red Wolves' 34 offensive rebounds against UAPB topped the previous Convocation Center high of 33 set against Central Florida Feb. 14, 1991.
THE RED WOLVES AT HOME: Over the last five-plus years, the ASU women's basketball program boasts a winning percentage of .789 (75-20) at the ASU Convocation Center. The Red Wolves are 214-66 (.764) all-time at the Convocation Center and 103-43 (.705) under head coach Brian Boyer.
SBC HONORS: Arkansas State senior Ebonie Jefferson (Laurel, Miss.) has been named preseason third-team All-Sun Belt Conference, and the Red Wolves are picked third in the Sun Belt West Division preseason poll as voted on by the league's 13 head coaches, the conference office announced Oct. 20.
"I expect Ebonie to play at an all-conference level this season," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "I can't imagine that there is a tougher competitor or a harder worker in the league. I am so proud of how far Ebonie has come during her career, and I look forward to her continued improvement this season."
Jefferson scored in double figures in 14 of ASU's last 17 games a year ago, had 19 double-figure games on the season and led ASU in scoring with an 11.8 points-per-game average, a figure that climbed to 13.0 points-per-game in Sun Belt Conference play.
The Red Wolves return three of their top four scorers and four of the top five rebounders from last year's team that finished 16-14.
LAST TIME OUT: NEW ORLEANS, La. (2/6/10) - Trailing by 15 points with 16 minutes to play, the Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-14, 4-8) cut New Orleans' lead to five points at 47-42 with 11:44 remaining, but ASU could not complete the comeback and fell to the Privateers 70-57 Saturday afternoon at Lakefront Arena.
New Orleans (9-15, 3-10) led 45-30 when guard Rachele Monroe hit from three-point range at the 16-minute mark, but the Red Wolves went on a 12-2 run over the next 4:16 to pull within five at 47-42. Senior guard Ebonie Jefferson, who led the Red Wolves with 17 points, scored four straight to spark the run.
Junior forward Shay Scott knocked down a pair of free throws with 14:16 remaining to trim the UNO lead to 45-36, then fed sophomore guard Meghan Lewis for a layup following a New Orleans miss to cut the Privateers' lead to seven at 45-38.
New Orleans answered with a pair of free throws from guard Brittany Helm to push the Privateers lead back to nine before ASU sophomore guard NeNe Hurst hit back-to-back jumpers to make it a five-point game.
Following a timeout, UNO outscored the Red Wolves 13-3 in just under six minutes to push the Privateers' lead back to 15 at 60-45 with 5:54 remaining, and ASU did not get within single digits the rest of the way.
"I thought the second half was much better," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "We kept them off the boards and took care of the ball but the damage was already done."
"We just seemed to miss easy shots," added Boyer. "Especially early, we got the shots we wanted and we were getting the ball inside, we just didn't finish. It's disappointing because we got pretty good shots, they just didn't go in."
New Orleans shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded the Red Wolves 22-9 in the first 20 minutes to take a 32-20 lead into the locker room at the halftime break.
After giving up 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, Arkansas State kept UNO off of the offensive glass in the second half, limiting the Privateers to just two offensive boards, but New Orleans hit 10-of-21 shots from the field and 10-of-13 from the line to help hold off the Red Wolves.
Arkansas State shot 36.4 percent on the afternoon from the field and 65 percent (13-20) from the free throw line.
In addition to Jefferson's 17 points, Arkansas State also got seven points and seven rebounds from Scott, nine from Hurst, eight from freshman Jasmine Taylor and seven from Lewis.
UNO guard Nicole Holmes led all scorers with 20 points, and Helm added 17 for the Privateers.
ASU IN SEASON OPENERS: The Red Wolves are 20-16 all-time in season openers, with a record of 7-14 when opening the season on the road. Under head coach Brian Boyer, the Red Wolves are 6-5 in season-openers, including a 3-5 record when opening on the road.
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP: In an effort to help acclimate Arkansas State's international students to life in the United States, the ASU women's basketball program began a partnership with the university's international community by holding a basketball clinic Sunday evening at the ASU Convocation Center.
Over 80 international students were on hand as the team members and coaching staff introduced themselves and introduced the students to Red Wolves women's basketball. The students joined the team on the court for drills and fundamental instruction, then enjoyed a pizza party to wrap up the night's activities.
"This is a semester-long project that got underway with the clinic last night," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "We wanted to let our international students know how much we appreciate them and to encourage them to be more involved with all of the activities on campus. We also wanted to increase their awareness of athletics here at Arkansas State, introduce them to the Convocation Center and allow them to get to know our team."
Arkansas State's players will partner with an international student throughout the semester, meeting with the student for at least an hour each week to help them become familiar with Arkansas State and ease their transition to life in the United States.
The women's basketball team will salute ASU's international students at the Nov. 18 home opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Next week's game has been designated as "International Students Night" at the Convocation Center.