JONESBORO, Ark. (2/23/11) – Three players scored in double-figures and all 11 players on the Arkansas State roster got into the scoring column as the Red Wolves (15-13, 8-7) rolled to a 71-50 victory over the Mean Green of North Texas (5-22, 2-12) Wednesday night in Sun Belt Conference women's basketball action at the ASU Convocation Center.
The victory also moved ASU head coach Brian Boyer into a first-place tie with former ASU women's head coach Jerry Ann Winters with 196 career victories - the most for any women's or men's head basketball coach in ASU history.
ASU junior Meghan Lewis led all scorers with 17 points, junior NeNe Hurst chalked up a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds and sophomore guard Quinishia McDowell added 10 points to pace the Red Wolves.
Arkansas State opened up a double-digit lead with just over four minutes remaining in the first half, building a 28-18 advantage on a layup from senior guard Jazmine Taylor. From there, the Red Wolves increased their lead to 14 at the break, taking a 36-22 lead into the locker room.
North Texas managed to cut the ASU lead to single digits when guard Tamara Torru scored to make it 36-27 with 17:04 remaining, but following a timeout by Boyer, A-State reeled off six straight to take a 42-27 lead less than three minutes later.
From there, the ASU lead swelled to 20 on a three-pointer from McDowell with just under 10 minutes to play, and the Mean Green did not threaten the rest of the way.
"I thought it was a very good performance and a fun performance to watch," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "I thought we were entertaining, and the way we were flying around defensively was fun to watch. I also thought for the most part that our execution and decision-making against the press was good. Our ball movement was good, we did a good job of getting people involved, and I was very pleased with our performance tonight."
In addition to the double-figure scoring efforts from Lewis, Hurst and McDowell, Arkansas State also got nine points from freshman Jane Morrill and six points, six rebounds and two blocked shots from senior forward Shay Scott. Scott's pair of blocks moved her to 100 for her career, making her just the second player in ASU women's basketball history to top 100 blocks, 100 steals, 900 rebounds and 1,000 points in a career.
Guard Denetra Kellum was the only North Texas player to score in double-figures, finishing the game with 12 points.
Arkansas State out-rebounded North Texas 42-34, including a 15-10 advantage on the offensive end. The Red Wolves recorded a season-high seven blocked shots on the night and forced 22 Mean Green turnovers, while coughing up the ball just 14 times.
Arkansas State will now wrap up the regular season at home, hosting in-state rival UALR Feb. 26 before heading to Hot Springs for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament March 5-8. Tipoff for Saturday's game against the Trojans is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.