ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 7:00 p.m.
E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326) Bowling Green, Kentucky
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
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TIPPING IT OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves travel to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky in a 7:00 p.m. Sun Belt Conference game at E.A. Diddle Arena. All ASU games may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats may also be accessed by logging on to AStateRedWolves.com
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State will take the floor Wednesday night with a record of 10-14, including a 5-8 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. The Red Wolves are coming off of a 77-56 victory over ULM Monday night at the ASU Convocation Center and are in third place in the SBC-West standings. Western Kentucky enters Wednesday night's game at 15-8 on the season, and at 9-3 in league action, the Hilltoppers are in second place in the SBC-East standings. The Hilltoppers are currently riding a four-game win streak and have won 10 of their last 12 games.
THE WKU SERIES: Western Kentucky holds a 26-15 overall advantage in the series. Arkansas State trails 16-3 in games played in Bowling Green and 4-1 in games played on a neutral court, but the Red Wolves have a 11-6 edge in games played in Jonesboro. In the last meeting between the two teams, Arkansas State defeated the Hilltoppers 78-67 last season at the ASU Convocation Center. Arkansas State's last victory in Bowling Green was a 70-60 win during the 2003-04 season. The Hilltoppers' last victory in the series was a 70-56 win over A-State in the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Mobile, Ala. Western Kentucky's last win over the Red Wolves in Bowling Green was an 81-73 victory during the 2007-08 season as well.
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 178-149 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. Now in her eighth season as head coach at at her alma-mater, Mary Taylor Cowles holds a career record of 169-78.
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."
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 forward Shay Scott scored a career-high 23 points in the Red Wolves' 77-56 victory over ULM Feb. 8...sophomore guard NeNe Hurst grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds against the Warhawks...sophomore guard Meghan Lewis sank all three of her free throw attempts in the game to set a personal best in free throws attempted and made.
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 94 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 eight rebounds against ULM Feb. 8, junior forward Shay Scott sits in 10th place on the ASU all-time rebounding chart with 614 rebounds in her career. Keeshia Evans (1998-2001) is in 9th place with 624 rebounds during her career. Scott is also in seventh place on the ASU blocked shots career chart with 67 and now trails Shyla Tucker (1991-94) who blocked 68 shots in her career to stand in sixth place. Senior guard Ebonie Jefferson is now in 11th place on the all-time steals chart after notching one more against ULM to bring her total to 149. She now trails Rae-Anne Smith (1999-02) who is in 10th place with 153 steals. With 996 career points to her credit, Jefferson needs just four points to reach the 1,000-point milestone and become the 18th ASU player to do so. With 10 points against ULM, Jefferson moved into 18th place on the all-time ASU scoring chart and now trails Quintella Jackson (1984-87) who is in 17th place with 1,025 points. With three blocked shots against ULM, senior forward Lyndsay Schlup moved into the top-five on the ASU career shot blocking chart with 69 blocks. Schlup now trails Charlotte Fields (1984-86, 88) who blocked 80 shots in her career. Both Schlup and Scott are climbing the single-season blocked shots chart as well. Schlup has blocked 28 shots so far this season to rank as the ninth-best while Scott has 21 to rank 17th.
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 996 career points to her credit, Jefferson needs just four points to reach the 1,000-point milestone and become the 18th ASU player to do so.