Exhibition Game 1
ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
vs. MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY SAINTS
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 7:05 p.m.
ASU Convocation Center (10,727) Jonesboro, Arkansas
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats Available at AStateRedWolves.com
TIPPING IT OFF: The Arkansas State University women's basketball team gets its exhibition season underway Tuesday night when the Red Wolves host the Saints of Maryville University in a 7:05 p.m. contest at the ASU Convocation Center. The game may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
THE SEASON: After wrapping up the exhibition season Nov. 7 against Christian Brothers, the Red Wolves open the 38th season of ASU women's basketball Nov. 13 when Arkansas State travels to Charlotte, N.C. to take on the 49ers of Charlotte University. The home opener is scheduled for Nov. 20 against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi.
THE MARYVILLE SERIES: Tuesday night's game will not count on either team's season record, and Arkansas State and Maryville have never met in women's basketball during the regular season.
SBC HONORS: Arkansas State senior NeNe Hurst has been named preseason first-team All-Sun Belt Conference, and the Red Wolves are picked second behind Denver in the SBC West Division preseason poll, the conference office announced Tuesday morning. The all-conference selections and poll are voted on by the league's 12 head coaches.
The all-conference team and poll were released in conjunction with the league's annual Sun Belt Conference Media Days, which got underway Tuesday using web-based video conferencing to give media members across the nation access to the league's head coaches.
"In my opinion, NeNe is definitely a first team all-conference player, and when it's all said and done she will make a push for player of the year," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "There are not many players in this conference that can positively affect all aspects of the game like she can. She can play four out of five positions, she's capable of being our leading scorer and rebounder and most likely is our best defender."
An All-SBC Tournament selection a year ago after leading ASU to the semifinals, Hurst started all 32 games for the Red Wolves and led the team in scoring at 11.8 points-per-game. One of the top rebounding guards in the league, Hurst averaged 6.1 boards per game to rank second on the team and 17th overall in the Sun Belt. She led the Red Wolves in steals at 2.3 per game, a figure that also ranked second in the league and 95th nationally. She scored in double-figures in 24 games last season and posted her first career double-double when she finished with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the Red Wolves' victory at North Texas. Hurst scored a career-high 28 points in ASU's victory at Troy, notched a career-high eight steals in the Red Wolves win over South Alabama and was named to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Tip-Off all-tournament team.
Hurst enters her senior season ranked 20th at ASU in career scoring, 19th in career rebounding, 13th in career assists, ninth in career steals, 12th in blocked shots and 13th in three-pointers made.
Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe and Denver's Kaetlyn Murdoch were named as the preseason Co-Players of the Year, while the Blue Raiders and Pioneers were picked as the favorites to win the league's East and West Divisions, respectively.
"I think there is a lot of guess-work in our Division this year," Boyer added. "Each team has significant players coming back, but each graduated some very good players too. We fall into that category as well. I think the coaches in this league recognize that we have a good deal of talent coming back but there is still some uncertainty of how we will perform without Shay (Scott) and Jaz (Taylor). Overall, second is probably a very fair prediction at this time."
THE RED WOLVES AT HOME: The Red Wolves have posted a record of 225-73 at the ASU Convocation Center since its opening in 1987, for a winning percentage of .755.