ASU Women's Basketball falls to Missouri State

From Arkansas State University

Arkansas State battled back from a 10-point halftime deficit, but could not complete the comeback as the Lady Bears pulled away for 83-60 win Saturday afternoon in women's basketball action at JQH Arena.

A-State (2-7) quickly erased a 41-31 halftime deficit by scoring eight points in the second half's first 90 seconds to pull within 41-39. Q McDowell sparked the run by knocking ASU's first 3-pointer of the game and Andi Watson forced back-to-back steals to help the Red Wolves cut into the Missouri State lead.

However, A-State made just five field goals the remainder of the game and Missouri State went 9-of-17 from beyond the 3-point line, including 4-of-8 in the second half, to build back a double-digit advantage.

"It is on us defensively because they (Missouri State) don't think twice to shoot it," ASU head coach Brian Boyer said. "Out of those nine 3-pointers, probably seven of them we were within two feet of them, but we had our hands down and they make you pay for that. It is just a matter of when you play a good scoring team like this, you can't give them any margin of error because they will make you pay."

Senior forward Jane Morrill paced ASU with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Carlisha Wyatt added nine points and Hanna Qedan finished with eight points. Andi Watson had a career-high four steals to help the Red Wolves tie their season high with 11 steals.

A-State fell behind at halftime after Missouri State closed the period on an 11-2 run. ASU  shot 44.8 percent from the field in the first half, but the Lady Bears went 5-of-9 from beyond to the 3-point arc to expand their lead.

"I told the team that the worst possible time you could let a team go on a run was right before the half," Boyer said. "However we were able to overcome that by scoring eight points pretty quickly to start the second half, but we just weren't able to sustain that."

Missouri State opened the game on a 10-2 run, but A-State slowly chipped away the lead over the game's next 10 minutes. McDowell gave the Red Wolves their first lead of the game with 7:35 left in the half when she scored on a layup.

McDowell was efficient in the first period, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting in 18 minutes of action. She also dished out two assists.

The Lady Bears' Bry Snow and Christiana Shorter were forced to sit for much of the first half after picking up two early fouls and ASU took advantage of Missouri State's early foul troubles by going 5-of-6 from free throw line in the first half. For the game, ASU shot 73 percent from the foul line but managed to shoot just 34.9 percent from the field.

A-State will have a quick turnaround, as it will return to the Convocation Center Monday, Dec. 17 for a non-conference matchup with Austin Peay. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m.