TOLEDO, Ohio (AStateRedWolves.com) – Despite 12 points from junior forward Jane Morrill, the Arkansas State women's basketball team could not overcome an early first half run from Toledo in a 56-34 loss to the Rockets in the season-opener for both teams Friday night.
Morrill scored 10 points in the first half, including the first eight of the game for A-State (0-1) to help the Red Wolves grab a 9-8 lead, but the Rockets (1-0) went on a 10-2 run to take an 18-11 lead that they would not relinquish. ASU committed three turnovers during the run and finished the half with 11 turnovers, which Toledo turned into 15 points.
"I have mixed emotions about this one," ASU head coach Brian Boyer said. "I felt really good about things at the half after only being down nine, but I was just really disappointed at the start of the second half. We had a specific agenda we were trying to get to and just didn't get it done."
Toledo shot just 38 percent from the field, but ASU had its own struggles shooting in the second half. A-State scored just 12 points in the second half, six of which came in the game's final 30 seconds.
The Red Wolves also struggled from the field, shooting just 27 percent, including a 13-minute span where A-State did not make a field goal. Toledo increased its lead to 39-22 during the drought.
ASU was also plagued by foul trouble in the first half. Ashley Olvera and Quinishia McDowell were forced to sit for much of the frame after both picked up three fouls.
Morrill pulled down eight rebounds to go along with her team-high 12 points, while Carlisha Wyatt also had eight boards in her first game in a Red Wolves uniform.
Andi Watson and McDowell each had two steals on the night.
Janelle Reed-Lewis led Toledo with 13 points, while Inma Zanoguera and Naama Shafir each had 12.
The Red Wolves will travel to UT-Martin Monday, Nov. 12 for a non-conference matchup with the Skyhawks. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.