CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AStateRedWolves.com) — For the second straight game, four Arkansas State women's basketball players scored in double-figures as the Red Wolves defeated Austin Peay 79-69 Friday at the Dunn Center.
Jane Morrill led all scored with 22 points as A-State erased a 10-point second half deficit to capture its seventh straight win over the Lady Governors.
Austin Peay led 49-39 with 14:17 to go in the game, but the Red Wolves went on 14-4 run over the next 4:29 to retake the lead at 55-53. After scoring just three points in the first half, Jalen O'Bannon caught fire and rattled off 10 points in the first 12 minutes of the final period.
The lead would not last however, as the Lady Governors took advantage of several Red Wolves' mistakes on the offensive end and took a 61-57 lead with just over six minutes to play but A-State would not be denied its first road victory of the season.
Morrill sparked an 11-1 run by knocking down a 3-pointer and Carlisha Wyatt scored six straight points to help A-State take a 70-64 lead with 2:19 to play in the game and extended to the lead to 10 in the final seconds as the Red Wolves scored 79 points for the fourth time this year, including its exhibition games.
"I was really proud of this win and you couldn't ask for anything better out of the first win road game," head coach Brian Boyer said. "We had some adversity, some frustration and then kind of had to grind it out there at the end. It was just a really good win."
The Red Wolves were able to build a 10-point lead at 20-10 with 10 minutes in the contest on a 3-pointer by Hanna Qedan. However, Austin Peay would erase the double-digit deficit over the next nine minutes to claim a 34-33 lead with 1:53 remaining in the first half. The lead would exchange hands two more times over the final two minutes before the Lady Governors took a 36-35 into the break after Tiasha Gray knocked down a jumper with 32 seconds to go.
A-State went a 12-2 run in the middle part of the first half to build a 15-6 advantage early on. Both Qedan and Morrill highlighted the run by knocking down 3-pointers, while O'Bannon sank a pair of free throw during the stretch. Morrill was the lone Red Wolves' players in double-figures with 15 points at the break.
After struggling to knock down its free throws in the first, the Red Wolves turned it around in the second half and went 13-of-14 from the free throw line including some critical makes in the final minutes to help put the game away.
O'Bannon scored 13 points on the night, while Qedan finished 12, including two 3-pointers. Aundrea Gamble was also in double-figures with 10 points, while Wyatt led A-State with nine rebounds.
A-State will return to action Tuesday, Nov. 19 against UT-Martin. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.