ASU Women's Basketball downs UAPB, 59-47

From Arkansas State University

Sophomore guard Quinishia McDowell recorded her first career double-double to lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-1) to a 59-47 victory over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (0-2) Monday night in women's basketball action at the ASU Convocation Center.

McDowell finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, adding a steal and an assist without turning the ball over in 27 minutes of action. Junior guard NeNe Hurst added 10 points and seven rebounds, and senior forward Shay Scott finished the night with nine points, eight boards and a pair of blocked shots.

Arkansas State forced 26 turnovers and out-rebounded the Lady Lions 59-47, but shooting woes kept the Red Wolves from putting the game away early. ASU hit 19-of-64 shots from the field to finish the game shooting just 29.7 percent.

"I felt bad for our players in the beginning, because in the first eight minutes of the game I thought we played probably as good as we did Saturday against Iowa, we just couldn't make a shot," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "I thought our defense was great, I thought our rebounding was great, we took care of the ball and we got wide-open shots. We just missed them. Fortunately, we made a little push at the end of the first half and played decent in the second half."

The Red Wolves built a 26-21 lead at the break, but expanded the margin to double-digits less than four minutes into the second half when Scott knocked down a pair of free throws for a 32-21 A-State advantage with 16:29 to play. A jumper from McDowell with just under 13 minutes to go stretched the Red Wolves' lead to 15 at 42-29, and a free throw from senior guard Jazmine Taylor gave ASU a 58-42 advantage, its largest lead of the night, with 41 seconds remaining.

Taylor finished the night with seven points, seven rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots, and freshman forward Jane Morrill added eight points and five rebounds to the A-State totals.

The Red Wolves will now host Saint Louis Nov. 19 before wrapping up their three-game home stand with a Nov. 22 matchup with Big East power St. John's. Both games are set to tip off at 7:05 p.m.