Charlotte routs Red Wolves in 2011-12 opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (ASU) — The Arkansas State Red Wolves (0-1) could not overcome an early run from UNC-Charlotte, and the 49ers (2-0) came away with a 78-48 victory in ASU's season-opener Sunday afternoon in women's basketball action at Halton Arena.

Guards Meghan Lewis and Ashley Olvera led Arkansas State with 11 points each, with forward Jane Morrill adding 10.

Charlotte jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game, getting seven points from guard Epiphany Wilson and four from forward Gabby Tyler to spark the run.  Olvera broke the drought for the Red Wolves with a jumper at the 15:01 mark, and from there, ASU matched the 49ers basket-for-basket until a late score gave Charlotte 38-20 lead at the break.

Charlotte shot just over 60 percent from the field in the first eight minutes to build the early lead and finished the first half shooting .471 from the floor to take the 18-point lead at the break.  Arkansas State hit just 8-of-36 shots from the field (.222) in the first half.

"You certainly hope a start like that doesn't happen and early-on it was a little bit of a shellshock," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer.  "We had a few shots and some layups that just rimmed out.  If you can get those to go in early-on, it kind of relaxes your team.  But it didn't and it snowballed quickly.  But from that point forward, we gathered ourselves together and had a lot of positives."

Arkansas State forced 29 Charlotte turnovers in the game while committing just 16, and improved its shooting percentage to .379 in the second half, but the 49ers outscored the Red Wolves 40-28 after the break to set the final score at 78-48.

In addition to the double-digit scoring from Lewis, Olvera and Morrill, the Red Wolves got seven points from Andi Watson, six from Quinishia McDowell, two from Jasmine Hunt and one from Mekena Randle.

Watson, Morrill and Olvera led ASU on the boards with four rebounds each.

Woodson led Charlotte with 15 points and Tyler added 13.

The Red Wolves will now return to Jonesboro to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Nov. 20 in the 2011-12 home opener.  Tipoff at the ASU Convocation Center is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.