From the Sun Belt Conference
Arkansas State Red Wolves
The Arkansas State women's basketball team took sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt Conference standings after a 1-1 week that included a rare road victory at Western Kentucky. The Red Wolves defeated the Lady Toppers 67-64 this past Saturday. A-State stands at 5-1 in league play through its first six games and have 1.5 game lead on second place. The victory at WKU was the Red Wolves third straight over the Lady Toppers and its fourth win in the last five games with the school. It was also A-State's third straight victory at E.A. Diddle Arena, making it Arkansas State's longest winning streak at Bowling Green in the history of the series. The Red Wolves trailed by eight points in the second half but managed to tie the game with less than five minutes to play and eventually took a lead it would not relinquish. Aundrea Gamble scored 20 points in the victory and Hanna Qedan knocked down two big trey's that ignited the A-State run to victory. Earlier in the week, A-State suffered its conference loss of the year in a 76-74 setback against Georgia State. Despite the loss, Jalen O'Bannon and Qedan both had double-doubles in the game, marking the first time since 2011 that two Arkansas State women's basketball players had double-doubles in the game. In Addition, senior forward Jane Morrill has moved into the school's top-10 for most points in her career with over 1,300 entering this week's games. She has an opportunity to finish among the top-7 on the school's all-time scoring list. Head Coach Brian Boyer continues to inch closer to the all-time mark for most SBC wins. He currently has 128 and needs to just 7 more to tie the record of 135 held by former Louisiana Tech Leon Barrmore. A-State will have just one game this week, a Saturday afternoon tilt with in-state opponent UALR. The game is part of a split doubleheader at the Convocation Center with the women's game slated to begin at 3:05 p.m.