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Arkansas State (15-12, 12-6 SBC West) vs North Texas (10-18, 9-10 SBC West)

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2013
Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m. CST
Location: Denton, Texas
Arena: Super Pit (10,500)
TV: N/A
Radio: East Arkansas Broadcasters
            95.3 FM The Ticket (Jonesboro)
            970 AM KNEA (Jonesboro)
Radio Talent: Matt Stolz (Play-by-Play)

SERIES
Series: 20-10 (ASU Leads)
Series (In Denton): 7-6, ASU
Current Streak: ASU, 2 Losses
Last Meeting: Feb. 3, 2013
                         (64-62, NT)
Boyer Record vs North Texas : 15-6

MULTIMEDIA
Online Audio: AStateRedWolves.com
Live Stats: AStateRedWolves.com

QUICK SHOTS
• This season will mark the 39th for women's basketball at Arkansas State.
• The Red Wolves have an all-time record of 199-136 against league teams.
• This will be the 21st all-time meeting between ASU and North Texas. The Red Wolves hold a
   20-10 all-time series lead and a 15-6 lead in Jonesboro.
• Freshman Jalen O'Bannon has averaged 18.5 points per game in her last four outings.
• ASU is 15-2 in games in which it outscores its opponent in the second half.
• ASU wrapped up its home schedule on Feb. 23 against Troy. The Red Wolves finished 10-5 at
   home and a 7-3 record at the Convocation Center in the Sun Belt Conference.
• A-State led wire-to-wire for just the second time all season against Troy on Feb. 23. ASU never
   trailed in the game and also never trailed in the Jan. 30 game against South Alabama.
• Sophomore Hanna Qedan was held scoreless for the first time in her last 19 games against
   UALR on Feb. 13.
• A-State has knocked down a 3-pointer in 115 straight games.
• Arkansas State won just its fifth game against Western Kentucky in Bowling with its 78-74 win
   on Feb. 9. It also marked just the third time in school history that ASU had taken the regular
   season series from the Lady Toppers.
• A-State's victory over WKU was also its second straight win in Bowling Green, marking the
    first time in school history that ASU has won back-to-back games in Bowling Green.
• Ashley Olvera surpassed 200 for career against WKU on Feb. 9. She is just the 15th A-State
    player to reach that milestone.
• Q McDowell has started in 102 straight games.
• A-State shot 52.6 percent from the field on Feb. 9, marking the fourth time this year that ASU
   has shot above 50 percent for a game. ASU is 3-1 in those games.
• Junior forward Jane Morrill became the first 21st player in ASU women's basketball
    history to record 1,000 points for her career on Feb. 3.
• With its victory over South Alabama on Jan. 30, the Red Wolves equaled their win total (12)
   from a year ago.
• ASU's loss to North Texas snapped a seven game winning streak for the Red Wolves, which
   was tied for the sixth longest in school history.
• Senior guard Ashley Olvera set a new career high with 23 points against FAU on Jan. 26.
• Junior forward Jane Morrill had her third career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds
   against Florida Atlantic on Jan. 26.
• Brian Boyer is in third place on the all-time career wins list in the Sun Belt Conference with
   123 career conference victories in women's basketball.
• Hanna Qedan recorded the first double-double of her career against Troy on Jan. 24. The
   sophomore scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the victory.
• ASU has had at least three players score in double figures 12 times this season and has a
   9-3 record in those games.
• ASU assistant coach Sonja Tate was recently selected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Class
   of 2013.
• Hanna Qedan scored a career high 22 points and made a career best nine free throws
    and tied a career high with three, 3-pointers against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 2.
• Freshman Jalen O'Bannon scored a career high 23 points against Troy on Jan. 24.
• ASU tied a season high with seven 3-pointers against Middle Tennessee and shot a season high
   .583 (7-12) from beyond the arc.
• A-State shot a season high 59.6 percent from the field against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 22.
   That mark missed the all-time school record by just 3.6 percentage points, which was set last
   season against UT-Martin.
• Junior Jane Morrill was voted a second-team SBC All-Conference selection after leading ASU
    in both scoring and rebounding last season.
• ASU is in its 19th season of competition in the Sun Belt Conference.
• Brian Boyer is in his 14th season as the head coach of the ASU women's basketball team.
   He is the only coach in ASU history (men's or women's) to win 200 games and is the school's
   all-time winningest basketball coach.
• Junior forward Jane Morrill was selected as a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection by
   College Sports Maddness.
• Seven of ASU's 15 players are from the state of Arkansas. The list includes Hanna Qedan, Andi
   Watson, Jessica Flanery, Sandy Jackson, Xena King, Lindsey Killough and Brittney Gill.
• Brian Boyer is 103-95 all-time against non-conference opponents.

ARKANSAS STATE/NORTH TEXAS HISTORY
• This will be the 21st all-time meeting between ASU and North Texas. The Red Wolves hold a
   20-10 all-time series lead and a 15-6 lead in Jonesboro.
• The Red Wolves are 7-6 against North Texas in Denton, with its last victory coming on Jan. 22,
   2011 in a 62-59 overtime victory.
• A-State has lost two straight games against the Mean Green, including its previous two in
   Denton.
• ASU suffered a 64-62 loss to North Texas earlier this season. The Mean Green snapped ASU's
   seven game winning streak at the time.
• Jane Morrill scored her 1,000th career point against North Texas on Feb. 3.
• ASU coach Brian Boyer is 15-6 all-time against North Texas.

SCOUTING THE MEAN GREEN
• North Texas enters the game with a 10-18 record and a 9-10 record in Sun Belt Conference play.
• The Mean Green have lost three straight entering Wednesday's game and have lost five out of
   their last six.
• Alexis Hyder is the team's leading scorer with 13.6 points per game and is also the team's
   leading rebounder with 8.3 boards per night.
• Loryn Goodwin is scoring 13.5 points per night, while BreAnna Dawkins is averaging 10.4 points
   per outing.
• North Texas is second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage, knocking down 32.2
   percent of attempts per game.

O'BANNON HITTING STRIDE
• Freshman forward Jalen O'Bannon has averaged 18.5  per game in her last four outings.
• She has also notched starts in her last four games and the Red Wolves are 6-2 in game in which
   she starts.
• She has also shot at least 61 percent from the field during in each of her last four games.
• O'Bannon has also hit 22-of-28 (78.5 percent) free throws during this stretch.

SENIORS SHINE IN FINAL HOME GAME
• Quinishia McDowell, Andi Watson and Ashley Olvera combined to score 16 points, pull down 19
   rebounds and dish out six assists in their final at the Convocation Center.
• Andi Watson made her first start since Dec. 15 and scored eight points and grabbed four re
   bounds in 27 minutes of action.

MILESTONE FOR BOYER
• ASU head coach Brian Boyer earned his 225th career win with the 77-58 victory over ULM on
   Feb. 16.
• Boyer is the only coach in ASU basketball history (men's or women's) to win over 200 career games.
QUEST FOR THE WEST
• A-State controls its own destiny for its quest to win the SBC West Division Crown.
• If the Red Wolves win their remaining two games they will capture the West Division title
   outright.
• UALR is currently in a tie for first place with UALR with one game with each school having two
   games left to play.

LOOKING AHEAD
• Among the Red Wolves remaining opponents  (North Texas and UALR) A-State has a 1-2 record.
• A-State will play two of its final two games on the road.

UNDERSTANDING THE TIE BREAKERS
• Should a tie occur at the end of the regular season, the Sun Belt will use the following tie
   breaking procedures to determine each divisional champion.
• (1) Won‐lost record of head‐to‐head competition between the two teams.
• (2) Division winning percentage of the two teams.
• (3) Winning Percentage of the two teams versus the highest seeded team (and proceeding
    through all seeds 3‐11, if necessary).
• (4) Coin flip by the Commissioner.

OLVERA TIES CAREER HIGH
• Ashley Olvera tied a career high with nine rebounds against Troy on Feb. 23.
• She has dished out 109 assists on the year and is averaging 4.0 assists per game.

WINNING THE SECOND HALF
• A-State is 15-2 when outscoring its opponent in the second half.
• The Red Wolves are averaging 32.6 points in the second half this season.
• ASU is also shooting 45.7 percent from the field in the second half this year.

MCDOWELL IN RARE COMPANY
• Records indicate that Q McDowell is one of just three A-State players to start in over 100 games
   for her career.
• She has started in 102 straight games.
• Adrianne Davie started in 113 straight gamed from 2004-07.
• Rudy Sims started in 112 straight games from 2004-2007.
• The senior guard is also closing in on 1,000 points for her career. She currently has 907 career
   points.

DEFENSE HOLDING STRONG
• The Arkansas State defense held Troy to just 49 points on Saturday, well below its league
   leading average of 72.1 points per game.
• This was 16th time that ASU has held an opponent under 60 points this year.

FINISHING THE 3-POINT PLAY
• Carlette Wyatt accomplished a rare oddity on the basketball court on Feb. 16 at ULM when she
   completed two 3-point plays that she did not start.
• Wyatt finished a 3-point that was originally started by Hanan Qedan in the first half by knocking
    down the free throw after subbing in for Qedan.
• Wyatt did the same in the second half after subbing in for Jane Morrill after she was fouled.
• She finished the day just 2-of-2 from the free thow line.



A RARITY IN BOWLING GREEN
• Arkansas State won just its fifth game against Western Kentucky in Bowling with its 78-74 win
   on Feb. 9. It also marked just the third time in school history that ASU had taken the regular
   season series from the Lady Toppers.
• A-State's victory over WKU was also its second straight win in Bowling Green, marking the
    first time in school history that ASU has won back-to-back games in Bowling Green.

REACHING A MILESTONE
• Ashley Olvera surpassed 200 assists for career against WKU on Feb. 9. She is just the 15th
   A-State player to reach that milestone.

O'BANNON'S SCORING DRIVES ASU
• Freshman Jalen O'Bannon has scored in double digits 12 times this season and the Red
   Wolves have an 10-2 record in those games.
• A-State also has a 6-2 record in games in which O'Bannon starts.

SHOOTING ABOVE 50 PERCENT
• ASU shot 52.6 percent from the field against Western Kentucky, marking the sixth time this
    year that ASU has shot above 50 percent in a game.
• The Red Wolves are 5-1 in games in which they shoot 50 percent and above.
• 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.

REACHING 1,000
• Junior forward Jane Morrill reached 1,000 points for her career on Feb 3, becoming the 21st
   player in ASU women's basketball history to reach the mark.
• She ranks 17th on ASU's all-time career scoring list with 1,088 career points.

CLOSING OUT JANUARY 
• A-State finished the month of January with a 7-1 record.
• The Red Wolves shot 45.9 percent from the field during the month and defeated its opponents
   by an average of 9.1 points per game.

STREAK COMES TO AN END
• A-State's seven game winning streak came to an end on Feb. 3 afternoon with a 64-62 loss to
   North Texas.
• The seven game winning streak was tied for the sixth longest in school history.
• Hanna Qedan was ASU's leading scorer during the run, averaging 13.9 points per contest.
• In fact, four A-State players have averaged in double-figures during the winning streak. Jane
   Morrill averaged 12.3 points per night, while Ashley Olvera poured in 12.0 points. Freshman
   Jalen O'Bannon is averaged 11.9 points per game during the run.
• The Red Wolves have won by an average of 10.7 points per game during the streak.

OLVERA THE PLACE 
• Senior point guard Ashley Olvera scored a career high 23 points against Florida Atlantic on Jan.
  26. She went 9-of-22 from the field, with two 3-pointers and three made free throws. She also
  dished out four assists and had one steal.



MORRILL DOUBLE DOWNS
• Junior forward Jane Morrill recorded her third career double-double with 16 points and 10
   rebounds against FAU on Jan. 26.
• She also posted a double-double earlier this season with 23 points and 11 rebounds against
   Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 19.

STEALING THE SHOW......ONCE AGAIN
• ASU set a new season high with 12 steals against Troy on Jan. 24.
• It marked the fifth time this season that ASU had recorded at least 11 steals in a game. The
   previous occurrences were against WKU (1/6) Austin Peay (12/17), Missouri State (12/15) and
   USC (11/21).

QEDAN'S QUEST
• Sophomore Hanna Qedan continued her stellar play this season by posting her first career
    double-double on Jan. 24 at Troy. She scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.
• Her 14 rebounds were a career high.
• She has also knocked down three, 3-pointers in a game five times the is season.
• Against Middle Tennessee she set a new career mark with 22 points, shattering her previous
   career high of 12 earlier this season against Austin Peay.
• She also set a career high with nine made free throws against the Blue Raiders on 10 attempts.
• She has made three, 3-pointers three in her career. The first time came against Austin Peay and
   the second time came against Middle Tennessee and the third against Western Kentucky.
• Earlier this season against Austin Peay Qedan also set career highs in blocks (3) and steals (3).

DEFENDING THE ‘3'
• ASU has been superb at defending the 3-point shot this season. A-State owns the nation's
   sixth best 3-point defensive percentage  at 24.8 percent.
• ASU has not allowed an opponent to make a ‘3' in three games this year. ASU held FIU to an 0-
   21 mark from beyond the arc in both matchups this season. The Red Wolves also did not  allow
   Wichita State to make a 3-pointer on Nov. 29.
• Wichita State went 0-7 from 3-point land in its game on Nov. 29.

O'BANNON SHINES
• Freshman Jalen O'Bannon enjoyed one of the best games of her young career on Jan. 24.
• She scored a career high 23 points and a career high nine rebounds to just barely miss
   recording her first career double-double.
• Her previous career high in points was 13, which she had scored in two previous games this
   season.
• On Dec. 22 she went 6-for-6 from the field against Louisiana-Lafayette which is tied for the
   highest field goal percentage by an ASU player in the Convocation Center in school history. Only
   four other players, with a minimum of five attempts, have gone perfect from the field.

GETTING BENCH PRODUCTION
• The ASU bench has scored in double-digits in each of the Red Wolves 24 of ASU's 27
   games this season.
• The bench scored a season high 31 points against Troy on Jan. 24
• The bench has scored 29 points twice this season (vs. ULL and UT-Martin) and also scored 28 against USC.

MIXING AND MATCHING
• ASU has used five different starting lineups this season.
• The starting lineup of Jane Morrill, Carlisha Wyatt, Hanna Qedan, Q McDowell and Ashley
   Olvera went gone 7-3, including a seven-game winning streak.

COACH BOYER MOVES UP WINS LIST
• Brian Boyer is in third place on the all-time career wins list in the Sun Belt Conference with
   123 career conference victories in women's basketball.
• Leon Barmore (1991-2001) is first on the list with 135 wins, while current FIU coach Cindy
    Russo is second.
• Among active coaches (men's or women's) ranks second. Only Cindy Russo has more SBC wins.

THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER
• A-State has had three or more players score in double figures 14 times this season.
• The Red Wolves are 11-3 in those games, with the most recent coming over WKU  on Feb. 9.

KEEPING THE OPPONENT UNDER 59
• The Red Wolves have held opponents to under 59 points in 12 of their 15 victories this
   season. In three victories ASU has held the opponent to under 50 points.

COACH TATE A HALL OF FAMER
• Current A-State assistant assistant coach and former player Sonja Tate has been selected as a
   part of the Arkansas Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
• She remains the leader in six statistical categories at ASU and scored 2,312 points in her career,
   the most of any men's or women's basketball player in school history.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
• A-State's Jane Morrill ranks 24th in the nation with a 53.1 field percentage on the year.
• Morrill also ranks 31st in the nation in free throw percentage, hitting 85.2 percent for the year.
• As a team, A-State ranks 25th with a 43.8 field goal percentage.

RIGHT ON Q
• Q McDowell has started in 102 straight games.
• Her last non-start was on Dec. 30, 2009 against Denver.

DISHING IT OUT
• Ashley Olvera dished out a season high 9 assists against ULL on Dec 22., missing her career
  high by just one.
• Ashley Olvera has a 44 game active assist streak dating back to the 2011-12 season.
• She ranks 16th on ASU's all-time career assists list with 201 for her career. Danielle Featherston
   is 15th on the list with 204 for her career.
• As a team, A-State had a season high 19 assists against ULL on Dec. 22.

WATSON LIGHTS IT UP FROM OUTSIDE
• Senior Andi Watson had a career day from beyond the 3-point line against the Ragin' Cajuns on
   Dec. 22. She hit three straight 3-pointers and finished the game 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.
• Her previous career high in 3-pointers made in a game had been two, and before the Dec. 22
   game she had made just eight 3-pointers in her career.

LEADER OF THE PACK
• Junior Jane Morrill has lead ASU in scoring 14 times this season. She has been the leading
   scorer in 7 of A-State's 14 wins.
• She has also been the team's leading rebounder 13 times this season.
• Against Austin Peay, Morrill set a career high with 11 free throws made. She also sent a career
   high with 15 free throw attempts.
• Morrill has posted back-to-back 20 point games. She scored 21 points against Nicholls State
   and then added 22 against Louisiana-Lafayette. She has crossed the 20-point mark three times
   this season.
KNOCKING DOWN THE FREE ONES
• ASU went 24-of-28 from the free throw line against FIU on Nov. 20 and finished with highest
   free throw percentage of the year at 85 percent.

WINNING AND WINNING BIG
• ASU's 31-point victory over Austin Peay was its largest margin of victory over an opponent
   since the 2008-09 season when it defeated Northern Arizona 71-40.
• The last time ASU defeated an opponent by a larger margin was the 2006-07 when it defeated
   Arkansas-Pine Bluff 87-55 for a 32 point victory.

DOWNTOWN FLANERY 
• Freshman forward Jessica Flanery has made the most of her limited opportunities this season.
    She is averaging just 3.3 minutes in for games this season, but has drained four 3-pointers on
    the year.
• She drained three, 3-pointers against Austin Peay on 3-of-4 shooting for a career-high 9 points.

A STATISTICAL NIGHT TO REMEMBER
• A-State set several season highs against Austin Peay. The Red Wolves set season highs in points
   (75), field goals made (29), 3-pointers made (5), 3-point field goal percentage (.417) and tied
   season highs in steals (11) and blocked shots (4).
• The ASU defense held Austin Peay to an opponent season low 44 points and also held the Lady
   Governors to just 17 made field goals, also an opponent season low for A-State.

MCDOWELL MOVING UP ALL-TIME STEALS LIST
• Senior Q McDowell has collected 172 steals in her career, the 10th most in school history.
• Danielle Featherston is 9th on the lost with 185 for her career.
• Current A-State assistant coach Sonja State (1990-93) holds the career record for steals with 402.

FREQUENT FLYER MILES
• The Red Wolves have made frequent visits to the airport this season, having flown over 5,000-miles already.
• ASU began the year by flying from Memphis to Detroit and then bussing to Toledo to take on the Rockets.
• The Red Wolves then flew from Little Rock to Los Angeles to take on USC in a non-conference game on the day before Thanksgiving which was a
   2,980 mile round trip via the air.
• ASU departed Memphis International Airport on Nov. 28 for Ft. Lauderdale International Airport in a flight that was just over 850 miles.
• In all, the Red Wolves traveled over 5,700 miles including flying miles and bus trips in its first four road games this season.

STREAKING BEYOND THE ARC
• ASU has knocked down a 3-pointer in 116 straight games.
• The streak has came to close to ending in ASU's first two regular season games. Jessica Flanery kept the streak alive with a ‘3' against Toledo with
    just six seconds left in the game and Jane Morrill knocked down ASU's first ‘3' of the game against UT-Martin with just 28 seconds left in
    the game.
• Flanery's ‘3' against Toledo was the first field goal of her career.
• The last time A-State did not make a ‘3' was on Nov. 20, 2009 against Virginia Commonwealth when the Red Wolves went 0-11 from behind the 3-
    point line.

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