From the Sun Belt Conference
January 2 (Wednesday)
Middle Tennessee 72, Arkansas State 70
January 6 (Sunday)
Western Kentucky 58, Arkansas State 63
FIU at Arkansas State - 7:05 PM
Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette - 5:00 PM
Arkansas State improved to 5-9 and 3-3 in Sun Belt Conference play with a 63-58 victory over Western Kentucky on Sunday afternoon.
The win came after a disappointing 72-70 loss to Middle Tennessee on Jan. 2. Against WKU, sophomore guard Hanan Qedan hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to secure the victory for A-State.
Qedan enjoyed a career week as well. She scored 22 points, shattering her previous career high of 12, against Middle Tennessee and also knocked down a career high nine free throws in the game.
She also tied a career with three, 3-pointers in the game. She added 15 points and three, 3-pointers in the win against the Lady Toppers.
Ashley Olvera scored 15 points against Western Kentucky, one shy of her season high.
She went 6-of-8 from the field, including a 3-pointers and 2-for-2 afternoon from the free throw line.
Senior Andi Watson did not play in the loss to Middle Tennessee on Jan. 2, which was the first time in 49 games in which she had not played, a streak that dated back to her sophomore season.
ASU tied a season high with seven 3-pointers against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 2. The squad also set a new season high with a .583, 3-point field goal percentage in the game.
The Red Wolves 3-point defense has been outstanding this season and has allowed opponents to knock down just 24.3 percent of the 3-pointers it has taken.
That clip is 20th best in the nation. ASU shot a season high 59.6 percent from the field against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 22.
That mark missed the all-time record by just 3.6 percentage points, which was set last season against UT-Martin. A-State shot 64.3 percent from the field against the Ragin' Cajuns in the second half, which was its high field goal percentage in a half this year.
The game also marked the third time the Red Wolves had shot over 50 percent in a game this season. ASU is 2-1 in games it shoots over 50 percent, with its only l oss coming at Florida Atlantic.