Second half SEMO rally sinks Red Wolves

JONESBORO, Ark. ( – Despite a career night from junior forward Jane Morrill, Southeast Missouri State knocked off Arkansas State 52-51 Monday night at the Convocation Center in a non-conference women's basketball game.

Jordan Hunter gave the Redhawks their first lead with four seconds left in the game and A-State's (0-4) 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short as SEMO escaped with the narrow victory.

"You definitely saw a true tale of two halves," ASU head coach Brian Boyer said. "The first half was outstanding and that is what we had been looking for in our offense. In the second half I thought the start was pretty good but they just got into a rhythm and you could just feel the energy that was taken out of us on the offensive end."

Morrill finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the second double-double of her career. The 11 rebounds were also a career-high, but it wasn't enough as SEMO (2-2) outscored A-State 36-21 in the second half.

Morrill helped the Red Wolves jump out to a 16-point first half advantage by scoring 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds in the period. It was the second time this season that Morrill had reached double-digit scoring in the first half.

The Red Wolves started the game on a 16-6 run after Morrill knocked down a '3' to spark the A-State attack. ASU held a 24-10 advantage with 5:56 left in the half and the lead swelled to a 30-16 advantage at halftime.

The Red Wolves shot 45 percent from the field in the first half, while holding to SEMO to just 19 percent. However, the Redhawks bounced back by shooting 62 percent in the second half and outscoring the ASU bench 24-2.

SEMO used a 12-0 run to tie the game at 45-45 with 3:40 left in the game, but Ashley Olvera knocked down a 3-pointer to end the run. Following a Redhawks' turnover, Olvera knocked down 1-of-2 free throws to push the lead to 49-45 with 2:50 left in the game.

Morrill gave ASU a 51-47 lead with a 1:33 to go on a layup, but SEMO's Patricia Mack hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to pull within one. Following a missed 3-point attempt from the Red Wolves, SEMO scored with just four seconds on Hunter's layup to take the victory.

Morrill's 23 points led ASU on the night, while Olvera added 16 points. Hanna Qedan added five rebounds on the night, while Quinishia McDowell had three steals.

The Red Wolves will travel to USC Wednesday, Nov. 21, for a non-conference matchup with the Trojans. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. CST.