Lafayette, LA (KAIT) - Brian Boyer and the Lady Red Wolves snapped a 7 game road losing streak by winning their 5th straight game at the Cajundome 87-58.
The 29-point win was their largest margin of victory since beating Northern Arizona 71-40 in 2008.
Sophomore guard NeNe Hurst led three players in double figures, and Arkansas State dominated on the boards as the Red Wolves rolled to an 87-58 victory over the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Wednesday night at Earl K. Long Gymnasium.
Senior guard Ebonie Jefferson finished with 13 points, and junior forward Shay Scott added 10 to help A-State post its highest scoring total of the season. Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup led ASU on the boards with 10 rebounds, Jefferson had nine and Hurst added eight to help the Red Wolves outrebound the Cajuns 57-36 on the night.
Arkansas State jumped out to an 18-3 lead in the first six minutes of the game and never looked back. Hurst sparked the hot start for the Red Wolves with seven points during Arkansas State's opening run and by halftime was in double figures along with Jefferson with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
"I am really pleased because we played for 40 minutes tonight, from start to finish," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "Especially the start. You could tell when the ball went up at the tip that we would like the energy level. We really did a good job right from the start. Defensively we did a good job and from an individual standpoint, NeNe Hurst really got it going tonight, especially early on. That kind of got us going and got us lifted and we just followed through from there."
Louisiana-Lafayette cut the Red Wolves early 15-point lead to nine points at 24-15 with 9:12 to play before halftime, but Arkansas State closed the first half with a push, ending the period with an 11-1 run in the final 3:50 to take a 49-28 lead into the locker room.
Louisiana-Lafayette scored the first basket of the second half to cut the ASU lead to 19, but that was as close as the Ragin' Cajuns would get as the Red Wolves' lead swelled to as much as 32 in the second half.
Twelve players saw action for Arkansas State on the night and all 12 scored, with sophomore Meghan Lewis adding nine points and Schlup tossing in eight. Sophomore Linsay Henke finished the evening with six points, while junior Breaunna Ellison and freshmen Quinishia McDowell and LaWanda Clayborn added five each. Freshman Jessica Brown scored four points, freshman Jasmine Taylor added two points and freshman Andi Watson closed out the ASU scoring with one point.
Arkansas State hit 30-of-62 attempts to shoot a season-high 48.4 percent from the floor on the night while holding the Cajuns to just 29.4 percent on 20-of-68 shooting.
Next up for ASU is Western Kentucky. Tipoff is 3:05pm at the Convocation Center. The matchup will be a WBCA Pink Zone game. Part of the proceeds from the day will go to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer fund in honor of former North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow, who lost her two-decade fight to the disease in 2009.