Lady Red Wolves defeat UA-Monticello 72-64

JONESBORO, Ark. (11/9/10) — Senior forward Shay Scott scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves to a 72-64 victory over Arkansas-Monticello Tuesday night in women's basketball exhibition action at the ASU Convocation Center. 

Freshman forward Jane Morrill came off the bench to add 12 points and combined with Scott to hit 15-of-20 shots from the field.  Scott knocked down 10 of her 13 attempts from the floor, while Morrill hit 5-of-7. 

The Red Wolves trailed 19-18 with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half, but Morrill entered the game and scored 10 consecutive points for Arkansas State, giving the Red Wolves a 28-22 lead. 

"We emphasized getting a big night out of Shay," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer.  "The players did a good job of getting the ball to her, and she did a good job of finishing.  The same with Jane.  She posted strong, finished well, and we got a great field-goal percentage from those two."

Arkansas State took a 38-36 lead into the locker room at the break. The Cotton Blossoms went on top 39-38 in the early going of the second half, but Arkansas State regained the lead at 40-39 on a pair of free throws from senior Breaunna Ellison and led by as many as 15 in the second half.

The Red Wolves out-rebounded UAM 47-36 and shot 43.5 percent from the field, while holding the Cotton Blossoms to 30.5 percent shooting.

In addition to the double-digit scoring efforts from Scott and Morrill, Arkansas State also got eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists from junior guard NeNe Hurst.  Sophomore Jasmine Taylor added nine points and five rebounds, and senior Jazmine Taylor and sophomore Quinishia McDowell each finished with five points.

Arkansas State's regular season will get underway Nov. 12 at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Tipoff, and the home opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff is scheduled for Nov. 15.  Arkansas State will open the Islander Tipoff Nov. 12 against host TAMUCC, then face Iowa or Southern to wrap up the tournament Nov. 13.