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

Games 6 & 7
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" &
LiveStats Available at

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  LiveStats will also be available at

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.