JONESBORO, Ark. (12/19/10) — Arkansas State junior NeNe Hurst led all scorers with 15 points, but the Charlotte 49ers (9-2) countered with three players in double figures and a strong rebounding effort to defeat the Red Wolves 62-44 Sunday afternoon at the ASU Convocation Center.
Guard Jessica Johnson led Charlotte with 14 points, forward Gabby Tyler added 13 and forward Jennifer Hailey finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds to help the 49ers close out the game with a 51-26 advantage on the boards.
"We had some struggles shooting the ball and scoring, but the one real positive was that we were a little like the team we were to start the season," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "Our defense and pressure caused some problems for them. We forced 14 turnovers in the first half (28 overall) so we did a better job from that end. The problem was that we didn't reward ourselves. We gave up too many offensive rebounds and that ended up offsetting the hard work we put in from a defensive standpoint."
Charlotte led 27-18 late in the first half, but scored the final five points in the period to take a 32-18 halftime lead. Arkansas State (6-6) opened the second half with an 8-2 run, cutting the 49er advantage to eight at 34-26 on a jumper from Hurst with 16:49 remaining, but Charlotte answered. The 49ers went on a 9-3 run over the next four minutes to go up by 16 at 45-29 and the Red Wolves did not get within single digits again.
In addition to Hurst's 15 points, the Red Wolves also got eight points from senior Jazmine Taylor and six each from senior Shay Scott and sophomore Quinishia McDowell. Freshman Jane Morrill added four points, sophomore Andi Watson added three points and sophomore Jasmine Taylor wrapped up the ASU scoring with two points. Hurst led ASU on the boards with five rebounds.
The Red Wolves hit 12-of-17 shots (.706) from the free throw line, but struggled from the floor, shooting just 26.8 percent while connecting on 15-of-56 shots.
Arkansas State will return to action Tuesday, Dec. 21 when the Red Wolves host Stephen F. Austin in a 7:05 p.m. game at the ASU Convocation Center.