ASU women's basketball cruises to exhibition win over UA-Monticello

JONESBORO ( – Junior forward Jane Morrill led three players in double figures as the Arkansas State women's basketball defeated Arkansas-Monticello 61-43 in its final exhibition game of the season Monday night at the Convocation Center.

Morrill knocked down 6-of-9 shots from the field and went 1-1 from the free throw line to lead Red Wolves in scoring with 13 points. Freshman Xena King added 11 points and senior guard Ashley Olvera finished with 10.

"I think the overall assessment is pretty average," ASU women's head basketball coach Brian Boyer said. "I think like any game there were some good spurts and some bad spurts."

Arkansas State trailed early in the game, but finished the first half on a 20-3 run to take a 30-17 lead into the break. The Red Wolves converted on 10 second chance points and were dominant on the boards, finishing the half with 33 rebounds, including 20 on the defensive end.

ASU continued to push the pace in the second half and built a 48-27 edge with 10:22 left in the game. ASU shot 43 percent from the field in the second half and went 6-of-9 from the free throw line and led by as many as 23 points with 2:45 left in the game before going on to the 18-point victory.

"I think the good thing was this style of game was totally different from the first game," Boyer said. "Where Ouachita Baptist was spread and did things on the perimeter, tonight UAM was a lot more methodical, which is going to be a lot like what we are going to go up against."

A-State forced the Cotton Blossoms into 25 turnovers and scored 27 points of the UAM miscues. Olvera and King had three steals each as the Red Wolves finished with 12 on the night.

Led by Quinishia McDowell's nine rebounds, A-State collected 12 more rebounds with 49 to Arkansas Monticello's 37. ASU hit 38 percent of its shots on the night and limited the Cotton Blossoms to just 29 percent shooting.

The Red Wolves will open the regular Friday Nov. 9 against Mid-American Conference member Toledo. The opening tip is set for 6 p.m.