JONESBORO, AR. (astateredwolves.com) – Junior guard Aundrea Gamble scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Arkansas State women's basketball team to a 68-48 Sun Belt Conference victory over Texas State Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves won their third straight home game, improving their overall record to 11-6 and league mark to 6-1. The Bobcats fell to 9-7 on the year and now stand 4-3 in league play.
Gamble, who reached at least 20 points in a game for the 10th time this season, scored eight of A-State's first 10 coming out of the break as the Red Wolves turned a nine-point halftime lead into a 21-point cushion midway through the second half.
“We will certainly take the win,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “Early in the game it looked both teams were trying to find themselves early on and it was just a matter of who was going to get the upper hand and fortunately we were able to do that.”
Arkansas State began the final 20 minutes of action with an 8-0 run and outscored the Bobcats 14-4 over the first seven minutes. The Red Wolves' lead ballooned to as much as 23 points on three different occasions, the last coming 59-36 with 6:58 left in the contest.
A-State improved its shooting percentage from .467 in the first half to .542 in the second, finishing the game with a .500 overall mark. The Red Wolves also outrebounded Texas State 23-18 and limited the Bobcats to a .281 field goal percentage in the second half to pull away.
Gamble hit 11-of-17 shots and was the only A-State player to score in double figures, but Hanna Qedan (9), Khadija Brown-Haywood (8) and Amanda Lawson (8) were all within one bucket of reaching double digits. Gamble now has 985 career points, leaving her just 15 shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000.
Although the game was tied 10-10 with 13:10 left in the first half, the Red Wolves never trailed during the contest. Starting with a Jasmine Hunt layup and then five straight points from Gamble, A-State broke the tie by going on a 12-0 run to make the score 22-10 with 8:05 left before half.
The Red Wolves built a 30-17 lead, their largest of the first half, at the 2:52 mark, but Texas State scored seven of the final 10 points to pull back within 33-24 at the break.