ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
vs. SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS
Friday, November 19, 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 women's basketball team hosts Saint Louis Friday night in a 7:05 p.m. matchup at the ASU Convocation Center. The game will be the second of three consecutive home contests for the Red Wolves, who defeated UAPB Nov. 15 and will host St. John's Nov. 22 to wrap up the three-game stretch. All Arkansas State women's basketball games may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats and video will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
THE OPPONENT: Saint Louis will travel to Jonesboro at 1-2 on the season. The Billikens opened with a 60-32 loss to at home to Wisconsin Nov. 12, then picked up a 64-51 home win over Morgan State Nov. 14. In their most recent action, the Billikens were defeated 69-62 Wednesday night on the road at Butler. Senior forward Lauren Woods leads Saint Louis with a 16.3 points-per-game average, followed by senior center Kathryn Hester at 10.3 ppg. Freshman forward Lorreal Jones has made an immediate impact on the boards for the Billikens, averaging 8.3 rebounds per game. Of her 25 total rebounds, 10 have come on the offensive end.
THE SAINT LOUIS SERIES: Arkansas State holds a 6-1 advantage in the series, with the Red Wolves suffering their lone loss to the Billikens last season when ASU dropped a 79-70 decision in St. Louis. Prior to that, the two teams had not met since the 1989-90 season when ASU won 70-37 in Jonesboro. Arkansas State is 3-0 against the Billikens in games played in St. Louis and 3-1 in games played in Jonesboro.
THE COACHES: Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer is in his 12th season as the Red Wolves' head coach. He holds a record of 183-154 and has directed A-State to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times. Boyer is assisted by Tanya Ray, Jennifer Sullivan and Leslie Larsen. Now in her sixth season at Saint Louis, Shimmy Gray-Miller holds a career record of 54-96.
THE RED WOLVES RECENTLY: Arkansas State opened its 2010-11 home slate Nov. 15 with a 59-47 victory over the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Red Wolves improved to 2-1 with the victory.
NEXT UP : The Red Wolves will wrap up their three-game home-stand with a Nov. 22 clash with Big East power St. John's. Tipoff against the Red Storm is set for 7:05 p.m.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR Q: Arkansas State sophomore guard Quinishia McDowell posted her first career double-double against UAPB Nov. 15, finishing the game with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. McDowell scored all of her points in the second half and grabbed four boards in the final 20 minutes to complete the double-double.
JAZZY DEFENSE: Red Wolves senior guard Jazmine Taylor recorded a career-high four blocked shots against UAPB Nov. 15, raising her career total to 53. Her 53 career blocked shots ranks ninth all-time at Arkansas State and second all-time among guards, trailing only Shyla Tucker, who blocked 68 shots from 1991-94.
ALL-TOURNEY HONORS: Guards NeNe Hurst and Quinishia McDowell both earned all-tournament honors Nov. 13 after leading Arkansas State to a runner-up finish at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Tip-Off. Hurst, a junior from St. Louis, scored 12 points in each of ASU's two games, grabbed 11 rebounds, handed out five assists, notched seven steals and had three blocked shots in the two games combined. McDowell averaged 9.5 points per game and added five assists and four steals. The sophomore from Monroe, La. hit five-of-six shots from the field in the finals against No. 22 Iowa.