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ASU Women's Basketball to play in SMU's Hoops for the Cure

Games 6 & 7
ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at SMU "HOOPS FOR THE CURE" TOURNAMENT
vs. SMU - Friday, November 26, 2010  7:00 p.m.
vs. Akron or Georgia Southern - Saturday, November 27, 2010  TBA
Moody Coliseum (8,998)  Dallas, Texas
Radio:  KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats Available at AStateRedWolves.com

TIPPING IT OFF: The Arkansas State women's basketball team opens play in the SMU Hoops for the Cure Tournament Friday, Nov. 26 when the Red Wolves (4-2) take on the SMU Mustangs (1-2) in a 7:00 p.m. game at Moody Coliseum in Dallas. Arkansas State will wrap up play in the tournament Saturday when the Red Wolves square off against Akron or Georgia Southern.  With a win over SMU, A-State will play in the 5:00 p.m. game Nov. 27.  A loss to SMU would drop the Red Wolves into Saturday's consolation game, which is scheduled to tip off at 3:00 p.m.   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 will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.

THE OPPONENTS:  SMU enters the tournament with a record of 1-2 on the young season, but the Mustangs could easily be undefeated.  SMU was edged 44-43 by Utah in the season opener, then dropped a 73-87 decision to TCU in double overtime in the Mustangs' second game of the year.  In it's last outing, SMU defeated Texas-San Antonio 69-47 on the road Nov. 21.  Three players are averaging double-figure point production for the Mustangs, led by guard Raquel Christian at 14.0 points per game.  Center Christine Elliott adds 12.0 points and a team-high 9.7 rebounds, and guard Samantha Mahnesmith is averaging 10.0 points per game.  Akron travels to Dallas with a record of 2-1, having defeated Niagra 77-58 and IUPUI 70-49 in its last two outings.  The Zips were defeated 69-64 by Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne in their season opener.  Akron is led by forward Rachel Tecca who averages 19 points and seven rebounds per game.  Georgia Southern will take the court Friday with a record of 1-3.  Georgia Southern was defeated by Georgia 58-53 in its season-opener, then picked up its only win thus far when it defeated Mercer 71-52 in the Eagles' second game.  Since their Nov. 16 victory over Mercer, the Eagles have lost to Alabama 65-55 and Jacksonville 72-56.  Guard Jamie Navarro is the only Georgia Southern player averaging in double figures, scoring 14.0 points per game.

ASU AGAINST THE FIELD:  Arkansas State holds a 2-1 edge over SMU in the all-time series between the two teams, with all three matchups taking place in the state of Texas.  The series is tied 1-1 in games played in Dallas, and Arkansas State holds a 1-0 advantage in games played on a neutral court.  The Red Wolves captured the 1993 WNIT Championship when they defeated the Mustangs 67-54 in Amarillo, Texas.  In the last meeting between the two schools, SMU defeated ASU 91-69 in Dallas during the 1998-99 season.  Arkansas State has never played Akron or Georgia Southern in women's basketball.

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