A-State women's basketball tops Ouachita Baptist in exhibition play

JONESBORO (AStateRedWolves.com) – Three Arkansas State players scored in double figures, including junior forward Jane Morrill with a game-high 15 points, to lead the Red Wolves to an 86-46 victory over in-state foe Ouachita Baptist Monday night at the Convocation Center in a women's basketball exhibition contest.

Playing its first of two exhibition games this season, the Red Wolves used 13 players on its roster and 12 of them registered at least 14 minutes of action.  Senior guard Ashley Olvera scored 12 points and freshman forward Jalen O'Bannon came off the bench to add 11, while five other ASU players scored at least five points.

"My intention was to get everyone in and I went into this thing to get everyone in," ASU women's head basketball coach Brian Boyer said. "I had the sub rotations I was going to run regardless  of what happened and that sometimes is not easy for a team, but I thought we had very few stretches that were negative stretches and I felt like every rotation gave us something positive."

The Red Wolves connected on 47 percent of their field goal attempts, and their defense limited the Tigers to just 28 percent shooting while recording 19 steals.  Led by Morrill's eight rebounds, A-State collected four more rebounds with 46 to Ouachita Baptist's 42.

The game's first nine minutes saw two lead changes and five ties, but the Red Wolves went on a 13-1 run midway through the first half to open up a double-figure lead at 29-17.  ASU, which was 8-of-10 at the free throw line during the opening 20 minutes, scored the last five points of the half as well to take a 43-26 lead into the break.

A-State was in control the entire second half, holding the Tigers to 6-of-29 shooting (20 percent) while posting a .517 shooting percentage itself.  The Red Wolves led by as many as 42 points, 72-30 with 8:44 remaining in the game, before going on to the 40-point victory.

"I hope that can be kind of a sign of who we are defensively," Boyer said. "Our pressure was really good and you would like to think that it is going to help wear on people and I thought it did."

Olvera was 2-of-3 beyond the arc and ASU finished the game with a .385 three-point percentage.  Ouachita Baptist was able to hit only 1-of-15 three-point attempts.

The Red Wolves will host Arkansas-Monticello Monday, Nov. 5, at the Convocation Center at 7:05 p.m. in their final exhibition game before playing at Toledo Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in their regular-season opener.