ASU beats Henderson State 66-47 Tuesday night

JONESBORO, Ark. (11/30/10) — Senior Shay Scott notched her third double-double of the season and 21st of her career to lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves (6-3) to a 66-47 victory over the Henderson State Lady Reddies (5-2) in women's basketball action Tuesday night at the ASU Convocation Center.

Scott finished the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while junior NeNe Hurst added a season-high 15 points.  Sophomore Jasmine Taylor finished in double figures as well with 11 points.

After building a 13-point lead at the break, the Red Wolves led by just four, 43-39, with 12 minutes to play, but Arkansas State went on an 18-1 run over the next eight minutes to build a 61-40 advantage and put the game away.

"There were spurts of good and bad, and obviously, the finish was very good," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer.  "We came out flat in the second half, and we looked up and it's a ballgame, but I was pleased with the response after that.  We really toughened up and had a great finish to the game."

The Red Wolves led 23-16 with just under five minutes to go in the first half, but got eight points from Taylor on two three-pointers and a pair of free throws to close the first period with a flurry.  Taylor's second three-pointer of the half gave Arkansas State a 16-point lead at 36-20 with just over a minute to play, and the Red Wolves went to the locker room holding a 38-25 advantage.

The Lady Reddies cut the ASU lead to four points at 43-39 out of the gate in the second half, but the Red Wolves used three-point plays from Scott and Hurst to push the Arkansas State lead back to double-digits at 49-39 with just over 10 minutes to go.  The three-point plays were part of a 12-0 run for Arkansas State that gave the Red Wolves a 55-39 lead with seven minutes to play, and the Lady Reddies did not threaten again.

"You want players like Shay and NeNe to step up in that situation, and you want them to step up the way they did, which was getting to the basket," said Boyer.  "We had to get some easy shots, and we did a good job of getting it inside and attacking off the dribble."

In addition to her 15 points, Hurst filled out the box score with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

As a team, the Red Wolves forced 27 turnovers on the night, including 15 steals, scoring 31 of their 66 points off of HSU turnovers.

The Red Wolves will return to action Dec. 5 when Arkansas State travels to Springfield, Mo. to take on the Lady Bears of Missouri State in a 2:05 p.m. game at JQH Arena.