Red Wolves cruise to exhibition win over Christian Brothers

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) — Arkansas State jumped out to a 15-0 lead and the Red Wolves were never threatened as they rolled to a 65-51 victory over the Christian Brothers Lady Bucs Monday night in women's exhibition basketball action at the ASU Convocation Center.

Sophomore forward Jane Morrill led the Red Wolves with 14 points, with junior guard Ashley Olvera also finishing in double figures with 10 points.

The Red Wolves maintained their 15-point lead throughout the first half, taking a 33-18 lead into the locker room at the break.  In the second half, ASU's lead swelled to as much as 27 points before the Lady Bucs made a late run to set the final margin at 14 points.

"Tonight was much better than the first exhibition game, which it should be," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer.  "You usually make pretty good strides between games one and two, and we made good strides tonight.  The start was really, really good.  From a defensive standpoint we did a much better job of forcing turnovers and getting in passing lanes as compared to the first game.  Offensively, our spacing was better and our movement was better, we just didn't hit as many shots as we did last week.  Even though we didn't score as many points, I was still more pleased offensively than in the first game."

In addition to the double-digit efforts from Morrill and Olvera, seven other Red Wolves got into the scoring column, including sophomore guard Lunden Roberts with eight points and junior guard Quinishia McDowell and freshman forward Jasmine Hunt with seven points each.  Senior guard Meghan Lewis added six points and junior guard Andi Watson finished with five.  Sophomore forward Mekena Randle and freshman guard Hanna Qedan added four points each to wrap up the scoring for A-State.  Olvera and Watson led ASU on the boards with six rebound each and Olvera added seven assists and three steals.

Jessica Green led Christian Brothers with 16 points.

Arkansas State shot 43.5 percent from the floor on the night while holding the Lady Bucs to just 35.2 percent shooting.

With the win, Arkansas State wrapped up the exhibition season at 2-0 after defeatingMaryville 78-73 Nov. 1.  The Red Wolves will open the regular season Nov. 13 at Charlotte, and the home opener is set for Nov. 20 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.