JONESBORO, AR (ASU) — The Arkansas State women's basketball team posted an 83-53 home exhibition victory over Truman State Tuesday night behind a strong effort from newcomer Amanda Lawson and senior post Jasmine Hunt. The pair combined to score 36 points as A-State moved to a perfect 19-0 in exhibition games since 2005-06.
In her first game in a Red Wolves' uniform, Lawson poured in 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting, grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists, had three steals and blocked a shot in 21 minutes of work. The Bryan, Texas native had 19 points and was the only A-State player in double figure at halftime. Hunt turned in 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds in 18 minutes of work.
“I thought we did a good job defensively of just pressuring the ball. We did a good job offensively of just taking care of the basketball with only 13 turnovers in an exhibition game when you're going to have some mistakes, so again a lot of positives,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “I think we did a lot of scoring just off of individuals making plays. In the flow of things, I thought our intentions were good, but many times we were just in too much of a hurry and rushing through screens and things like that but those are things that we can clean up.”
Arkansas State never trailed in the exhibition contest and wasted little time in pushing its advantage to double-figures. Junior Khadija Brown-Haywood had an eight-point spurt in the first half after knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers and then stole a pass went for an easy layup to put A-State ahead 24-12. The lead would under double-digits just once more when the Bulldogs pulled with 28-19 with less than 10 minutes to go in the first half, but the Red Wolves went on an 8-0 run to just before the final media timeout of the half.
Lawson, Hunt and Aundrea Gamble combined to score all eight of the points during the run, which was capped with Gamble putback off a Lawson miss. Gamble also finished in double figures with 15 points, while also dishing out three assists and accumulating three steals. The redshirt junior sent Arkansas State to locker room at halftime with a 26-point lead after a 3-pointer with 48 seconds to go that put the Red Wolves ahead 50-24.
The second half was much of the same for both teams. Freshman forward Lauren Bradshaw has a solid performance with four points and three rebounds in the second half. The newcomer finished with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and grabbed five rebounds.
Arkansas State was efficient from the floor and made 54 percent (34-63) of its attempts. The squad also went 11-14 from the free throw line (78.6 percent) and grabbed 38 rebounds to the Bulldogs' 30. The Red Wolves were also active defensively with 14 steals and three blocks.
A-State will turn its attention to its second exhibition opponent, Harding. The Red Wolves will host the Bison Monday, Nov. 10 at 7:05 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
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