SAN MARCOS, TX (astateredwolves.com) – Arkansas State cut a 22-point second half deficit down to two points with 3:47 to go, but Texas State scored 13 of the game's final 19 points to hand the Red Wolves a 83-74 loss Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum.
Aundrea Gamble led five A-State players in double-figures with 20 points on the afternoon. She narrowly missed a double-double with nine assists and also finished with five rebounds. Jessica Flanery had 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, while Brittney Gill added 11 points. Jasmine Hunt and Khadija Brown-Haywood rounded the scoring with 10 points each.
The loss drops Arkansas State to 19-9 overall and 14-4 in Sun Belt Conference play. Texas State improved to 16-11 overall and 11-7 in league play.
“We really were not very good defensively,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “We allowed them to shoot almost 60 percent from the field in the first half and score 42 points and we just could not stop them. We came out after halftime and got ourselves back in it, but honestly it was the first half that proved to be too much for us to overcome.”
The Red Wolves trailed 54-32 with 15:02 remaining in the game before embarking on a remarkable comeback that nearly erased the entire deficit. A 14-5 run got the Texas State lead down to 59-51 with 10:11 to go thanks to the hot shooting hand from Flanery. The junior knocked down a 3-pointer and then got an easy layup out an outlet pass from Gamble to get A-State within in 12. She added another trey later in the run and Gamble knocked down two free throws to make it an eight point game.
Arkansas State continued to battle and got within 70-68 after a pair of free throws by Hunt with 3:47 to go. On the following possession the Red Wolves forced Texas State to use the entire shot clock but Ayriel Anderson throw up a 3-point shot the banked in off the top of the glass to push the lead to five with 3:02 to go that proved to seal A-State's fate.
Gill got her team with 73-70 with a layup just under two minutes to play, but the Bobcats went 6-for-6 from the foul line down the stretch to close out the game.
“We got more aggressive in the second half and got to the free throw line early on and that's what got us back into it,” Boyer said. “Jessica Flanery hit some big shots to give us some life, but in the end it was just too much energy for us to overcome.”
Texas State season 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the field on the night, while A-State was 28-of-72 (37.5 percent). The Red Wolves crashed the boards and held a 42-36 rebounding edge and won the battle in the paint 34-26.
The squad will return to the court Thursday, March 5 at home against South Alabama. The game is set for a 5:05 p.m. tip-off and can be heard live on 95.3FM The Ticket/970AM KNEA or online at