JONESBORO, Ark. (1/12/11) – Senior forward Shay Scott recorded a double-double and was one of five Arkansas State players to score in double figures, leading the Red Wolves to an 80-70 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Wednesday night in a Sun Belt Conference women's basketball game at the Convocation Center.
A-State improved to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in Sun Belt play, while ULL dropped to 9-9 overall and 2-3 in league play on the year. The Red Wolves also improved to 6-3 at home this season and extended their winning streak against the Ragin' Cajuns to six games.
Scott led ASU with 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to collect her ninth double-double of the season. Quinishia McDowell matched Scott's game-high scoring output, while Jazmine Taylor added 12 points, NeNe Hurst 11 and Jane Morrill 10 for the Red Wolves. ASU's 80 points tied its season high, previously set against SMU.
The Red Wolves built a 21-10 lead with 8:44 left in the first half and maintained their double-figure lead for most of the game before holding off a late surge by Louisiana-Lafayette.
A-State held a 15-point lead with 2:27 remaining, but Louisiana-Lafayette got hot from beyond the arc and was able to close the gap to just four points less than two minutes later. Over a 99 second-span, the Ragin' Cajuns hit five three-point shots while going on a 16-5 run to pull within 74-70 with 48 second left in the game.
However, that was as close as ULL could get as ASU sealed the victory by making 6-of-8 free throws while holding the Ragin' Cajuns scoreless the rest of the way.
"There were a lot of positives that came out of this game," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "Defensively we were great, especially early. With our pressure, we took them out of what they were trying to do. In the second half, we did a better job of decision-making against their press. We didn't turn it over and we took good shots, which led to our 50 percent shooting in the second half."
After four quick lead changes to start the game, ASU went on top for good when McDowell hit a layup to put the Red Wolves ahead 7-6 with 16:23 left in the opening half. The Red Wolves built a 33-14 advantage, their largest of the game, with just under five minutes left before halftime.
Louisiana-Lafayette was able to cut its deficit to 38-25 by the break, but never threatened until starting its late run.
ASU hit 46 percent of its field goal attempts, while ULL connected on 39 percent of its shots. ASU also shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 61 percent at the charity stripe. The Ragin' Cajuns posted a .750 free throw percentage and a .278 three-point percentage.
Both team recorded 40 rebounds, but ASU committed five fewer turnovers and recorded seven more steals. The Red Wolves posted a season-high 18 steals, led by three players with four each.
Louisiana-Lafayette was led by four players scoring in double digits, including Danielle Smith with a team-high 16 points.
The Red Wolves return to action with a home game against Middle Tennessee on Sunday at noon. The game will be televised by the Sun Belt Network and can be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM.