ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
vs. New Orleans Privateers
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 7:05 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 are in the midst of a three-game home stand to close out the regular season and will host the Lady Privateers of New Orleans Feb. 24 in a Sun Belt Conference West Division matchup. Tipoff at the ASU Convocation Center is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. All ASU games may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats and video may also be accessed by logging on to AStateRedWolves.com
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State will take the floor Wednesday night at 11-16 on the season, with a 6-10 mark in Sun Belt Conference action. The Red Wolves' three-game home stand to end the regular season began Feb. 20 when ASU dropped an 83-74 decision to Western Kentucky. Following the New Orleans game, Arkansas State will host Troy Feb. 27 in the regular season finale before heading to Hot Springs for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The Red Wolves are currently in third place in the Sun Belt Conference West division. New Orleans will visit ASU with a record of 10-17 overall and a 4-12 slate in Sun Belt action. In their most recent action, the Privateers fell to Denver 55-49 Saturday at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, but UNO has won three of its last five, including a 70-57 win over Arkansas State Feb. 6 in New Orleans.
TOURNAMENT TALK: With a win against New Orleans or Troy in either of its final two games, Arkansas State will go into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the No. 8 seed. With losses in both of their final two games, the Red Wolves could slip as far as the 10th seed but only if New Orleans wins its final two games against ASU and UALR and Troy wins its final two games against UALR and ASU. The tournament runs March 6-9 at the Hot Springs Convention Center/Summit Arena, and if the Red Wolves go in as either the No. 8 or No. 9 seed, they would play Saturday, March 6 at 12:15 p.m. on the Convention Center court. At No. 10, the Red Wolves would play the No. 7 seed March 6 at 2:30 p.m., also on the Convention Center court.
THE UNO SERIES: Arkansas State and New Orleans have met 43 times in women's basketball, with ASU holding a 29-14 lead in the overall series. The Privateers won the last meeting between the two teams, defeating ASU 70-57 Feb. 6 in New Orleans to snap a three-game Arkansas State win streak in the series. Arkansas State leads 18-3 in games played in Jonesboro, the series is tied 10-10 in games played in New Orleans and ASU leads 2-0 in games played on a neutral court. The Red Wolves have also won eight of the last 10 games in the series. Barring a matchup in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, Wednesday night's game could likely be the last in the near future between the two programs. New Orleans announced Jan. 20 that it is withdrawing from the Sun Belt Conference July 1 and will compete as an NCAA Division III school in the future.
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 178-151 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 sixth season at New Orleans, Amy Champion is 51-121 as head coach of the Privateers.