JONESBORO (AStateRedWolves.com) - The Arkansas State women's basketball team will make its 22nd apperance in the Sun Belt Conference Championship Wednesday, March 12 in New Orleans, La., at Lakefront Arena. The top-seeded Red Wolves will take on the No. 8 seed Louisiana-Monroe at Noon in the first game of the tournament. A win would put the Red Wolves in the semifinals for the first time since 2011.
A-State won the regular-season Sun Belt Conference championship with a pair of convincing victories over the past week. The Red Wolves assured itself the No. 1 seed with a 107-57 victory over the Warhawks on Wednesday and then wrapped up the outright SBC regular-season title with a 90-49 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on senior day at the Convocation Center. The combined 91 point margin of victory over both games was the second largest over a two-game period in school history.
Arkansas State is 20-22 all-time in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, but is playing the Warhawks for just the second time in the tournament's history. This is also A-State's second time to play in the SBC tournament in New Orleans, where it has an 0-1 record.
The game can be heard on 95.3FM/970AM and AStateRedWolves.com
ARKANSAS STATE/ULM HISTORY
• This will be the 34th meeting all-time between the Red Wolves and the Warhawks.
• Arkansas State has won 18 of the last 22 in the series including a series sweet this year.
• In its last meeting, A-State defeated ULM 107-57 making it the 9th largest victory in school history.
• The Red Wolves also clinched the SBC regular-season title t hat night.
• Jazmine Taylor tied an A-State individual performance record by going 10-10 from the free throw line against ULM in 2009.
• A-State head Brian Boyer is 12-4 against the Warhawks.
A-STATE IN THE SBC TOURNAMENT
• A-State is 20-22 all-time in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
• The Red Wolves will be making their 22nd trip to the Sun Belt Conference Championship when the tournament gets underway Wednesday in New Orleans. The Red Wolves have advanced to semifinals in 15 of those years, including the 2011 tournament.
• A-State is 0-1 in the SBC Tournament in the city of New Orleans.
• Arkansas State reached the SBC Tournament final in 1992, losing to Western Kentucky 65-62 in their only appearance in the championship game.
• A-State was ranked 15th in the Lincoln region of ESPN latest Bracketology report put out by Charlie Creme on ESPN.com.
• Creme currently has the Red Wolves slated to play Baylor in Waco
• The NCAA selection will air live on Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
• Arkansas State finished the regular season as the outright Sun Belt Conference regular-season champions for the first time in school history.
• It is the first time since 2002-03 that A-State has won an SBC title. That year's team won a share of the East Division title.
• This is the first that the Red Wolves have won the overall SBC crown and clinched the No. 1 seed heading into the conference tournament.
20-WIN REGULAR SEASON
• A-State closed out the regular season with a 90-49 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette March 8 and finished the regular season with a 20-10 overall record.
• This was just the Red Wolves' second 20-win regular season in school history. The last time it was done was in 1992-93 when Arkansas State won the NWIT.
• Current A-State assistant coach Sonja Tate was a member of the 1992-93 team.
• This was the 10th, 20-win season in school history.
CLOSING IT OUT IN STYLE
• Arkansas State closed out the regular season with a pair of dominating performances at home to clinch the regular season SBC title.
• A-State defeated ULM 107-57 and then defeated the Ragin' Cajuns 90-49 for a combined
margin of victory of 91 points, the second largest combined margin over a two game period in program history.
• The largest combined margin of victory over a two-game period is 98 points during the 1996-97 season when the Red Wolves defeated Lamar by 56 points and then defeated ULL by 42.
SEASON-HIGH IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
• Arkansas State shot a season-high 59 percent from the field against Louisiana-Lafayette on March 11.
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