DALLAS, Texas (11/26/10) — The Arkansas State Red Wolves (4-3) took the host SMU Mustangs (2-2) to double overtime before eventually falling 86-80 in the opening round of the Hoops For the Cure Tournament Friday night at Moody Coliseum.
SMU scored the first six points in the second overtime period to take an 79-73 lead and the Red Wolves could not get closer than five points the rest of the way as the Mustangs held on down the stretch for the win.
Five players scored in double figures for the Red Wolves, led by sophomore Quinishia McDowell's 17 points. Senior Shay Scott posted her second consecutive double-double, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds, sophomore Jasmine Taylor scoring a career-high 15 points, and juniors NeNe Hurst and Meghan Lewis added 13 and 11 points respectively.
Arkansas State trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half before rallying to tie the game at 48 with 11:55 remaining when senior guard Jazmine Taylor converted a three-point play.
Sophomore Jasmine Taylor's jumper with 9:17 to go gave the Red Wolves a 52-51 advantage, their first lead since a 5-4 lead at the 13:29 mark of the first half. From there, the lead changed hands eight times and was tied three times in regulation until SMU guard Haley Day hit 1-of-2 from the line to tie the game at 65 and eventually send the contest into overtime.
Arkansas State led by five, 72-67 with 15 seconds remaining in the first overtime, but SMU's Samantha Mahnesmith drained a three with 11 seconds remaining, and after Hurst hit a free throw to stretch the ASU lead to 73-70 with 10 ticks on the clock, banked in another three-pointer just before the buzzer to send the game into a second extra period.
""We knew this was going to be a real test against a team that is good enough, in my opinion, to win the Sun Belt," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "Our performance speaks for itself. We played well and I think we are a pretty good basketball team."
Arkansas State trailed 32-29 at the half as SMU hit 10-of-11 free throws in the first period, while the Red Wolves were 0-for-3. Lewis had eight points for ASU at the break, with Hurst adding seven.
Forward Delisha Wills posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mustangs.
The Red Wolves will now face Georgia Southern Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Hoops for the Cure Tournament. Georgia Southern was defeated 94-81 in overtime by Akron in Friday's first opening-round contest. Tipoff between the Red Wolves and Eagles is set for 3:00 p.m.