ARLINGTON, Texas (11/24/10) — Arkansas State sophomore Quinishia McDowell hit five free throws in the final 48 seconds and finished with a career-high 19 points to lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves (4-2) to a 59-55 overtime victory over the Texas-Arlington Mavericks (1-4) Wednesday night in women's basketball action at Texas Hall.
Senior Shay Scott added 14 points and 15 rebounds to record her 19th career double-double, and junior Meghan Lewis added 11 points and tied her career high with five steals.
The Red Wolves trailed 55-54 when UTA guard Tamara Simmons banked in a basket high off the glass with 1:08 remaining in the extra period, but McDowell was fouled on an offensive rebound and hit both free throws to put ASU back on top 56-55 with 48 seconds to play. McDowell went back to the line and added another free throw for a 57-55 A-State advantage with 19 seconds remaining, then put the game away with two more free throws with three seconds to play.
"We played really, really hard tonight," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "We just battled and found a way to win, and a lot of people were involved in it. Shay Scott was just dominant. That is as strong as I have seen her play this year and it was not easy, because they crowded her and put three people around her. There were a lot of bodies and a lot of contact, and unless you were here to see it in person, you can't realize how big of a factor Shay was tonight."
"Tonight was just what we needed out of Meghan Lewis," Boyer added. "She played very good defense, she took care of the basketball and every time she shot it, you felt like it was going in. "'Q' was huge the whole night. Nineteen points and five assists with just two turnovers in 41 minutes was just a great effort from her."
The game was tied at 51 at the end of regulation, and the Red Wolves led 27-22 at the break behind 10 points and four rebounds from McDowell and nine points and six rebounds from Scott. The game was tied nine times and the lead changed hands on 13 occasions.
The Red Wolves also got seven points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot from senior guard Jazmine Taylor, with sophomore Andi Watson and freshman Jane Morrill adding four points each. Simmons led UTA with 20 points, and forward Shalyn Martin added 16.
With the win, the Red Wolves improved to 12-1 in regular-season overtime games under Boyer.
The Red Wolves will continue their three-game swing through the Dallas metro area Nov. 26 when they open play in the SMU Hoops for the Cure Tournament, taking on the SMU Mustangs in a 7:00 p.m. game at Moody Coliseum. With a win over SMU, the Red Wolves will play Nov. 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the championship game against Akron or Georgia Southern. An SMU victory would place ASU in the 3:00 p.m. consolation game.