JONESBORO, AR (
) - The Arkansas State women's basketball team defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 87-65 Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center, picking up its 21st win to tie the 1992-93 squad for the most regular-season victories in school history.
The Red Wolves, who will enter the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed, completed the regular season with at least 20 wins for the second straight year. A-State improved to 21-9 overall and 16-4 in league play, while ULL now stands 18-11 overall and holds a 10-10 conference record.
Led by five players scoring in double figures, Arkansas State was able to even the regular-season series against the Ragin' Cajuns after falling 69-57 in Lafayette on Jan. 22. One of two seniors on the team honored before the game, forward Jasmine Hunt posted a game-high 21 points. Hunt also finished the game a perfect 8-for-8 from the field to tie a Convocation Center record for highest field goal percentage in a game also added a perfect 5-for-5 evening from the free throw line. Fellow senior Hanna Qedan finished the game with 13 points as well.
Junior forward Khadija Brown-Haywood narrowly missed a double-double with 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while junior guards Aundrea Gamble and Brittney Gill added 14 and 12 points, respectively.
“This was a good performance by us against a Lafayette team that is very good,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “Defensively we were really good in the first half and we made them half to score over us and in the second half we were really able to take care of the ball and only turned it over two times in the final 15 minutes and if you can do that against a team like this then you are doing something really good offensively.”
The game featured several lead changes early and the A-State held just a 19-16 advantage midway through the first half, but the Red Wolves went on a 14-3 run over the next five minutes to open up a 33-19 edge. The Ragin' Cajuns managed to cut their deficit back to seven points a couple of times before the end of the half, but A-State scored the last seven points to take a 46-32 lead into the break.
ULL never challenged in the second half as the Red Wolves' lead swelled to as much as 25 points on two different occasions, the last coming 85-60 with 1:26 left in the game.
Arkansas State posted a high field goal, three-point and free throw percentage, while also collecting five more rebounds and scoring seven more points than the Ragin' Cajuns off turnovers. The Red Wolves ended with a .544 shooting percentage in comparison to ULL's .394, and they also made 20-of-25 free throws while the Ragin' Cajuns connected on 10-of-14 attempts at the charity stripe.
ULL also had five players score in double figures, led by Keke Veal with a team-high 16 points.
The Red Wolves will begin play in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at New Orleans' Lakefront Arena on Wednesday, March 11, when they will play No. 7 seed Appalachian State at 5 p.m. The game can be heard live on 95.3FM The Ticket/970AM KNEA or online at