GAME NOTES PROVIDED BY ARKANSAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT:
The Arkansas State women's basketball team will return to the road for the first of two road Sun Belt Conference games this week. The road trip will begin Thursday afternoon against Louisiana-Lafayette at the Cajun Dome. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. and the game can be heard on 95.3FM?The Ticket and online at AStateRedWolves.com. The game can also be seen online with a paid subscription to video portal on RaginCajuns.com.
Arkansas State is coming off a 76-65 home victory over Georgia State this past Monday. The Red Wolves had a slow start to the game and trailed at halftime, but rallied in the second half and pulled away late to remain perfect at The Convo in league play this year. All-America candidateAundrea Gamble had another solid game with 21 points and five rebounds and she paced five A-State players in double-figures. Arkansas State is off to a 7-1 start in league play for the second straight and will be looking to improve to 8-1 with a win on Thursday.
Louisiana-Lafayette has won three of its last four games but is coming off a loss at home to Louisiana-Monroe in overtime. The Ragin' Cajuns have a 7-3 home record this season and are lead by Jayln Gordon's 13.8 points per game.
Arkansas State leads the all-time series 46-13 and have a 17-7 record in Lafayette.
• This will be the 60th meeting all-time between the Red Wolves and the Ragin Cajuns with A- State holding a 46-13 all-time series edge.
• A-State has more victories over the Ragin' Cajuns that any other team in the SBC.
• A-State has won 15 of its last 16 games against the Ragin' Cajuns.
• Arkansas State defeated ULL 90-49 to close out the regular season last year and clinch the out right regular season Sun Belt Conference title. Combined with the previous game in which the Red Wolves defeated ULM by a score of 107-57, the Red Wolves combined margin of victory of 91 points was the second largest of any two game stretch in school history.
• Aundrea Gamble became the 22nd player in Arkansas State history to score 1,000 points in her career on Jan. 19 at home against Georgia State.
• Gamble needed just 52 games to reach the mark.
• At her current pace, Gamble could reach 2,000 points by the end of her career, and would make her just the second player in school history to reach the mark.
• Sonja Tate is the school's all-time leader in points with 2,312 in her career.
• Redshirt junior guard Amanda Lawson has been one of the best shooters for the Red Wolves throughout the entire season. She leads the team with a 53.5 field goal percentage and has gone 12-for-16 over the last five games.
• Lawson has shot over 50 percent from the field in all but two of A-State's games this season and has been perfect or missed just one shot in seven games this year.
• A?win on Thursday against Louisiana-Lafayette would give the Red Wolves their first 8-1 start to conference play for the first time since 1996-97. That team went 8-1 before losing its second league game.
• In 1992-93 the team started 12-1 in league play and went on to win the NWIT.
• In 1991-92 A-State also started 8-1 in the SBC?before dropping its second game.
• Over the last three years, A-State has gone a combined 20-3 in the month of January.
• In 2013-14, the Red Wolves dropped their first game in the month but then went on to win
• In 2014-15, A-State went 7-1 in the month of January, all of which were conference games.
• This season the Red Wolves are 5-1 in the month.
• In the three losses, A-State has lost by just a combined five points and two of the losses have come at home.
• Aundrea Gamble has accounted for 28.29 percent of the Red Wolves this year.
• That is the highest of any player in the Sun Belt Conference and the 36th highest percentage in the nation.
• It is also the 11th highest percentage among any junior in the NCAA and the 28th best mark of any guard in the country.
• True freshman Lauren Bradshaw scored a career-high 10 points in the Red Wolves 70-69 loss at Appalachian State on January 15.
• She topped her career-high with eight points at halftime and finished with five rebounds, just two shy of tying a career high.
• She played a carer-high 20 minutes.
• For the first time since the 2012-13 season Arkansas State does not hold at least a share of first place in the Sun Belt Conference standings.
• The Red Wolves were wire to wire leaders in the SBC last year.
• Redshirt junior All-America candidate captured her second straight Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week award on Jan. 12 after helping the Red Wolves start 5-0 in the league for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
• Gamble averaged 24 points over three games, dished out 13 assists and pulled down 5.7 re bounds throughout the week. She also shot 52.2 percent (24-of-46) from the field and knocked down 21-of-25 free throw attempts.
• She is the first player in the Sun Belt to win the league's Player of the Week award in back-to- back weeks since Middle Tennessee's Alysha Clark did twice in 2009-10.
• She is the first women's basketball player in school history to win the SBC?POW award in back- to-back weeks.
• It was Aundrea's fifth career SBC?POW?awad. Current A-State assistant coach?Sonja Tate holds the record with six SBC?POW awards in a career.
24 FOR 33: A NEW?CAREER-HIGH?STORY
• Aundrea Gamble set a new career-high with 33 points in the Red Wolves 80-77 overtime victory at Texas-Arlington on?Jan. 10.
• She also played a career best 45 minutes in the game and recorded the sixth double-double of her career with 33 points and 10 rebounds in the contest.
• Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer is 16-6 in overtime games in his career after recently defeating UT?Arlington 80-77 on Jan. 10.
• Boyer and the Red Wolves have won five straight overtime contests dating back to the 2010-11 season.
• A-State has won 14 of its last 16 games in overtime.