JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – Led by 18 points from junior Ashley Olvera, the Arkansas State Red Wolves captured their first Sun Belt Conference victory of the year with a 70-64 overtime victory against North Texas Saturday at the ASU Convocation Center.
Junior Andi Watson had a career-high 14 points and sophomore Jane Morrill also finished in double-figures with 15. ASU (6-10, 1-3 SBC) is now 17-3 all-time under head coach Brian Boyer in regular season overtime games.
"It was a well needed win for this group and a group that is still competing hard in practice," ASU head coach Brian Boyer said. "The losses were certainly starting to wear on this team mentally and they've worked hard and deserved this and needed this. I'm very proud of the effort defensively, especially in the first half."
Arkansas State led 36-25 at halftime but the Mean Green used a 16-3 run in the second half to take a 53-50 lead with 4:05 left in the second half. Olvera hit two free throws with 1:03 left in regulation to tie the game at 58-58 and send the contest into overtime.
In the overtime period the Red Wolves outscored North Texas 12-6 but the Mean Green led A-State 64-59 early in the overtime period. Olvera hit a 3-pointer to close the lead to 64-62 with 3:06 left in the game and tied the game after steal and a layup. The Red Wolves took the lead for good when Watson grabbed a rebound to go up 66-64.
Olvera added a layup with 44 seconds remaining in the game to put ASU up four and Meghan Lewis secured the victory with two free throws to set the final at 70-64 with 19 seconds left in the game. Olvera led ASU in the overtime period with seven points, while Watson added three.
The ASU defense forced North Texas into 28 turnovers in the game finishing with 15 steals. Olvera finished with five steals, while Lewis added three and NeNe Hurst finished with two.
For the game ASU went 20-28 (.714) from the free throw line and was 23-54 (.426) from the field. North Texas finished the game shooting 56.5 percent from the field after shooting 61.1 percent in the first half. The Mean Green won the battle of the boards 32-28.
Jasmine Godbolt led North Texas with 20 points, while Tamara Torru was also in double-figures with 11.
The ASU women's basketball team will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7:05 p.m. against Tennessee-Martin.