DALLAS, Texas (11/27/10) — Sophomore Quinishia McDowell finished with 14 points and five steals and senior Shay Scott added 10 points and eight rebounds to lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-3) to a 49-37 victory over the Georgia Southern Eagles (1-5) Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the SMU Hoops for the Cure Tournament at Moody Coliseum.
The Red Wolves never trailed in the contest. McDowell gave Arkansas State an early 3-0 lead when she knocked down a three pointer less than 30 seconds into the game, and by halftime the Red Wolves had stretched their lead to 13 points. A-State held GSU to just 15 points in the opening 20 minutes to take a 28-15 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Eagles outscored ASU 17-7 in the first 10 minutes of the second half to cut the Red Wolves' lead to three at 35-32, and GSU stayed within striking distance until the final 90 seconds, when ASU hit seven of eight free throws to secure the win.
The teams met in the consolation game after Akron defeated Georgia Southern 94-81 in overtime and Arkansas State fell to SMU 86-80 in double overtime in Friday's opening round.
"I thought the whole first half, both teams were tired and just trying to get themselves going," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "But I was very proud of our defense because we played very hard. Georgia Southern was a team that scored 80 points yesterday and we held them to 15 in the first half. We caused them all kinds of fits."
"I can't be prouder of this team," added Boyer. "When they cut it down to three in the second half, we really stepped up our defense again."
Arkansas State came up with a season-high 17 steals in the game, on its way to forcing 26 Georgia Southern turnovers. The Red Wolves out-rebounded the Eagles 36-33, including a 13-9 advantage on the offensive glass.
Scott was named to the all-tournament team after notching a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds Friday against SMU to go along with Saturday's totals. In the two games combined, she also totaled six steals, four blocked shots and three assists.
Guard Krista Tate led the Eagles with 15 points, while the Red Wolves held GSU's leading scorer, guard Jamie Navarro, to 11 points below her average at four points.
Arkansas State will now return home to play host to Henderson State Tuesday, Nov. 30. Tipoff at the ASU Convocation Center is set for 7:05 p.m.