JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Led by four players scoring in double figures, including senior forward Jasmine Hunt with a career-high 23 points, the Arkansas State women's basketball team claimed a 91-72 Sun Belt Conference victory over Troy Thursday night at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves picked up their fourth consecutive win to improve to 16-7 overall and 11-2 in league action. The Trojans dropped their second straight game, falling to 12-9 overall and 7-5 in Sun Belt play.
Aundrea Gamble scored 22 points, Khadija Brown-Haywood added 18 and Hanna Qedan finished with 16 to join Hunt in double figures for A-State, which put up its most points of the season in a Sun Belt contest. Hunt and Brown-Haywood both grabbed a team-high nine rebounds as well, and Qedan posted a career-high six assists.
Fueled by an 18-0 run midway through the first half, Arkansas State was able to take a commanding 49-27 lead into the break. The Red Wolves trailed 12-6 seven minutes into the contest when Qedan started the run by hitting her first of four three-point buckets. She ended the A-State outburst by hitting another three with 7:11 left in the half, giving the Red Wolves a 24-12 advantage.
Troy went cold during the run and was 0-for-10 from the field and turned the ball over six times. The Trojans went 6:18 without scoring and were just 1-of-15, and 2-of-2 from the free throw line, for almost a full nine minutes in the half.
“We had a great first half and that is important against a team like Troy because they can score a bunch on you in a hurry,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “The big message tonight was to keep our turnovers down and we only had five in the first half and I thought that was huge. We got good shots, didn't turn it over and then we were able to build a big lead.”
Arkansas State was able to build its lead to as much as 25 in the first half and took a 49-27 lead into the break. The Red Wolves held their largest lead, 26 points, three different times during the second half, the last time coming 62-36 with 15:12 left to play.
Troy was able to cut A-State's lead down to 14 with 1:52 left in the game, but couldn't get any closer. The Red Wolves scored seven of the last nine points to set the final score.
Gamble came close to her first career triple-double after finishing with eight rebounds and eight assists while Hunt and Brown-Haywood missed out on double-doubles by one rebound each.
A-State shot 50 percent from the field, while it held Troy to a .356 percentage. The Red Wolves also had 48 rebounds to Troy's 45 and dished out 20 more assists.
Troy was led by Ashley Beverly-Kelley with a game-high 26 points, while Ronita Garrett and Lacey Buchanon added 18 and 11 points, respectively, for the Trojans.
The squad will return home Thursday, Feb. 12 at Georgia Southern. The game is set for a 4 p.m. tip-off and can be heard live on 95.3FM The Ticket/970AM KNEA or online at