JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) - Junior guard Shania Hurst scored a game-high 28 points, and sophomore guard Quinishia McDowell added 17 as the Arkansas State Red Wolves opened their exhibition season with a 72-58 win over Lyon College Monday night in women's basketball action at the ASU Convocation Center.
Hurst added nine steals and five rebounds against just one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and senior forward Shay Scott tossed in seven points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds to help the Red Wolves to a 47-27 advantage on the boards. Arkansas State also owned a 25-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
A-State faced a 29-20 deficit late in the first half, but went on an 8-0 run to close out the half and trail by a point, 29-28 at the break. Hurst scored the first basket of the second half to put the Red Wolves up by a point at 30-29, and A-State did not trail again.
The Red Wolves used a 25-7 surge midway through the second half to build a 20-point advantage, taking a 68-48 lead with 5:10 to play before coasting to the 14-point win.
"I'm glad to get the first one out of the way, and in a lot of ways you could almost predict how things went," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "In the first half we looked like it was our first night out. We were a little careless at times, but defensively we kept pressuring and created a lot of turnovers and got points off of them. We also stayed persistent on the offensive boards and were able to get a lot more shots. I thought we did a better job of being in the right spots in the second half."
"I thought NeNe was great with her 28 points, but the biggest thing we wanted to see improvement from her was in her field goal percentage," added Boyer. "I am more excited about that. I thought her shot selection was very good. She took the shots that were available and didn't force any bad shots."
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