A-State Holds Off UCA For First Home Victory

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – Led by 10 second half points from Carlisha Wyatt, the Arkansas State women's basketball team defeated Central Arkansas 58-51 for its first home victory Saturday night at the Convocation Center.

Wyatt scored all 10 of her points in the second half after playing only three minutes in the first half. Jasmine Hunt tied a career-high with eight points and Jane Morrill led all ASU (2-6) players with 13 points on the night.

"I thought the start of the second we were able to get a little separation from them and then keep that," ASU head coach Brian Boyer said. "I was very proud of Carlisha Wyatt after a slow start in the first, she did a very good job in second half scoring 10 points and I thought she was very aggressive."

The Red Wolves led 24-23 at halftime, but went on a 6-0 run to start the second half to build a 30-23 advantage. The Red Wolves' defense continued to put pressure on the Sugar Bears' (4-3) offense, forcing the team into 21 turnovers for the game.

Jameka Watkins hit a 3-pointer with 10:23 left in the game to pull within 40-37, but Ashley Olvera knocked down a mid-range jumper on ASU's next possession to push the lead to five and Morrill added a score on a put back to give the Red Wolves a 46-37 cushion.

Hannah Qedan gave ASU its largest lead of the game after hitting a jump shot at the free throw line for a 52-39 advantage with 5:36 to go.

Central Arkansas closed the gap to 56-51 with 1:28 to play, but could pull no closer and the Red Wolves put the game away on layup from Q McDowell with 26 seconds left in the game to set the final.

"I thought December would be our month," Boyer said. "I expected some struggles in November, but I thought if we could get better I thought December was our chance to get some wins and this is the first step for that."

A-State's defense forced Central Arkansas into 12 first half turnovers, but only scored nine points off those turnovers. The Red Wolves had seven different players record a steal in the first 20 minutes.

Jasmine Hunt led the Red Wolves off the bench with six first half points in just eight minutes on the court. She went 3-of-5 from the field and helped ASU outscore the Sugar Bears' bench 12-2 in the first half.

ASU will return to action Dec. 15 for a non-conference road game against Missouri State. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.