MIAMI, Fla. (1/5/11) – Arkansas State freshman forward Jane Morrill hit a three-pointer from the left corner with .5 seconds remaining, lifting the Red Wolves (9-7, 2-1) to a 62-61 victory over the Golden Panthers of FIU Wednesday night in Sun Belt Conference women's basketball action at U.S. Century Bank Arena.
Morrill led the Red Wolves with a career-high 19 points, while senior forward Shay Scott added her eighth double-double of the season and 26th of her career, finishing with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
"Of all the players to hit that shot, it was appropriate because (Morrill) had a heck of a game and a great first half," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "She did a good job of listening in practice yesterday to the things we wanted her to do. To attack the high post against the zone, and she came out on fire in the first half then finished it off with .5 seconds to play.
"You can go across the board with our effort," added Boyer. "Even if that shot missed, it wouldn't change my feelings about the way we played. I thought we showed a tremendous amount of heart and toughness and in the end we were rewarded in the win column."
With the Red Wolves trailing by three, Arkansas State sophomore Quinishia McDowell connected on a three-pointer with 51 seconds to play to tie the game at 59-59 before FIU's Rakia Rodgers scored on a jumper with 23 seconds to play to put the Golden Panthers on top, 61-59. Arkansas State worked the ball inside to Scott with less than 10 seconds to play, and FIU forced a tie ball when Scott grabbed an offensive rebound of her missed shot. With the alternating possession to ASU, Morrill took the inbounds pass from junior NeNe Hurst and lofted a high-arching shot from the corner to give the Red Wolves the win.
Arkansas State led 29-26 at the half behind 10 first-half points from Morrill, who dropped in her first five shots from the field.
The Red Wolves overcame a 51-percent shooting effort from FIU, which was led by Rodgers' game-high 26 points.
In addition to the double-figure scoring efforts from Morrill and Scott, A-State also got nine points from McDowell, six each from Breaunna Ellison and Meghan Lewis and five each from NeNe Hurst and Jazmine Taylor.
The Red Wolves will wrap up their two-game Florida road trip Saturday afternoon when ASU travels to Boca Raton to take on Florida Atlantic in a Sun Belt Conference clash. Tipoff against the Owls is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (CT).