WICHITA, Kansas (12/12/13) — The Arkansas State women's basketball team fell to Wichita State 66- Thursday night in a non-conference basketball game at Charles Koch Arena.
Sophomore forward Aundrea Gamble scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds but it was not enough as the Shockers had three players score in double-figures and shot 49 percent (27-55) from the field on the night.
A-State (4-5) faced an 11-point deficit at halftime (34-23) but Wichita State (6-2) scored six straight points to start the second half to push the advantage to 40-23 just two minutes into the second half and the Red Wolves failed to get within striking distance for the remainder of the night.
"They (Wichita State) are really good defensively and that is the best team I have seen in a while play defense," A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. "We were aggressive tonight and battled and got the offensive boards but we just couldn't finish tonight and in the end I think that is what hurt us."
The Shockers built a double-digit advantage in the early part of the first half thanks to a 15-2 run that gave Wichita State an 18-5 lead with 12:49 to go in the first half. The Red Wolves went without a basket for over four minutes during the span and knocked down just three of its first 20 attempts. A-State held 10-4 advantage on the offensive glass with eight to play in the half, but its shooting woes prohibited the team from converting on the second chance point opportunities.
The Red Wolves used a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 26-17 with 4:11 to go in the first half and 3-pointer from Gamble cut the deficit to eight points but Wichita State would push its lead back to 34-23 at halftime after Arkansas State turned the ball over on its final possession of the first half.
A-State was just 8-of-27 (30 percent) from the field in the first half, but finished strong by knocking down five its last seven attempts. Meanwhile the Shockers shot 50 percent (14-28) from the field missed six of its last eight shots to end the half.
Jessica Flanery, who made the first start of her career, finished with eight points. A-State has now lost four straight games and is below .500 for the first time this season.
A-State finished with a shooting percentage of 35 percent (18-25) Wichita State also won the battle on the boards 35-34 but A-State held 17-13 on the offensive glass.