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A-State Women set for semifinal showdown with ULL

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The No. 2 seeded Arkansas State women's basketball team has advanced to the semifinals of the Sun?Belt Conference Tournament for the second straight year after its 67-52 victory over Appalachian State in the opening round of the tournament Wednesday night. With the victory the Red Wolves will take the No. 6 seeded Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, who upset No. 3 Troy, Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. The game can be seen onESPN3.com and can be heard locally on 95.3FM?The Ticket and online at AStateRedWolves.com
A-State is in the semifinals for the second consecutive year and for the third time since the 2010-11 season. The Red Wolves are looking to punch its ticket to the SBC?Championship game for just the third time in school history. This will be Arkansas State's 16th apparence in the SBC?semifinals where it has 2-13 record. 
A-State and Louisiana-Lafayette split the season series with each team earning a victory at home. In Lafayette, Arkansas State was held to just 57 points, its third lowest point total of the year, but bounced back with an 87-65 in Jonesboro which included a big game from senior Jasmine Hunt who was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
This will be just the third meeting in the tournament between the two teams. 
 
ARKANSAS?STATE/LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE HISTORY
• This will be the 61st meeting all-time between the Red Wolves and the Ragin Cajuns with 
A- State holding a 47-14 all-time series edge.
• A-State has more victories over the Ragin' Cajuns that any other team in the SBC.
• A-State has won 16 of its last 18 games against the Ragin' Cajuns.
• A-State and UL-L split the season series with each team winning a game on their own home court. The Ragin' Cajuns defeated A-State 69-57 back on Jan. 22, but the Red Wolves closed out the regular season with a 87-65 win on senior day.
• Despite the two teams 61 games, only two of those games have come in the Sun Belt 
Conference Tournament. A-State won a 78-35 contest in Bowling Green,?Ky., during the 1994 tournament, but the Ragin' Cajuns even the series in the tournament in 2005 with a 61-49 win in Denton, Texas.
 
JUST?CALL HER?THE?REAL?KB
• Khadija Brown-Haywood recorded her first career double-double with 18 points and 13 
rebounds against Appalachian State in the opening round of the SBC?Tournament.
• The 13 rebounds were also a career-high for the junior from Centralia, Ill.
 
A-STATE?IN?THE?SBC?TOURNAMENT
• A-State is 23-23 all-time in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
• The Red Wolves will be making their 23rd trip to the Sun Belt Conference Championship when the tournament gets underway Wednesday in New Orleans. The Red Wolves have advanced to semifinals in 16 of those years, including the 2014 tournament.
• A-State is 2-2 in the SBC?Tournament in the city of New Orleans. 
• Arkansas State has reached the SBC?Tournament finals twice in its history, having lost to 
Western Kentucky. The dropped a 65-62 contest in the 1992 tournament, and a 61-60 loss in the 2014 tournament finals.
 
A-STATE?IN?THE?SEMIFINALS
• A-State is in the semifinals for the second consecutive year and for the third time since the 2010-11 season.
• A-State will be looking to punch its ticket to the SBC?Championship game for just the third time in school history. This will be Arkansas State's 15th apparence in the SBC?semifinals where it has 2-13 record. 
 
A-STATE?COLLECTS?POSTSEASON?AWARDS
• Junior guard Aundrea Gamble became just the sixth player in Sun Belt Conference history to be named the conference's Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons and the first since Florida International's Jerica Coley achieved the feat during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. She is the first player in school history to win the award multiple times and is the second player in Arkansas State's rich women's basketball history to earn back-to-back First Team All-Conference selections.
• In just their first season as regular starters, both Jasmine Hunt and Khadija Brown-Haywood earned Sun Belt All-Conference Third-Team honors.
 
JAZZY JAZZ EARNS?FIRST?SBC?POW?AWARD
• Jasmine Hunt picked up her first Sun?Belt Conference Player of the Week honor after her out standing performance in A-State's final week of the week of the season.
• The senior post player tied a Convocation Center record by going a perfect 8-for-8 from the field in the game and was also a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line on the afternoon.
• Her combined 13-for-13 day are the most shots taken without a miss are the most by any player in arena history.
• The Texas native captured her third career double-double with a 20 point, 11 rebound 
performance against South Alabama on March 5.
• All three of Hunt's double-doubles have come this season.
 
BRACKETOLOGY?101
• Arkansas State has been projected as No. 12 seed to make the NCAA Tournament in several bracketology reports this season.
• Currently the Red Wolves are slated to play Princeton in a 5-12 matchup. 
 
UNDEFEATED?AT?HOME IN?CONFERENCE?PLAY
• Arkansas State finished the 2014-15 Sun Belt Conference season with a perfect 10-0 record at home.
• The Red Wolves have won 16 straight home conference games dating back to the 2014-15 season, the longest streak in school history.
• Arkansas State won 14 straight games at home conference games during the 1991-92 through the 1992-93 seasons and 13 straight from 2003-04 through 2004-05.
 
NATIONAL?RECOGNITION
• BennettRank.com recently recognized Aundrea Gamble as the ninth best combo guard in all of Division I women's basketball.
• The article is quoted as saying: “Gamble is one of the top stat stuffers in the league logging over 38 minutes per game. An exciting player to watch with the ball in her hands, she leads her team in both points and assists per game.” 
 
A?20-WIN?SEASON
• Arkansas State attained its second straight 20-win regular season with its March 5 victory over South Alabama. It marks the first time in school history that A-State has had back-to-back 20 win seasons.
• A-State also won 20 games during the regular season in 2013-14 and before that it had only been accomplished one other time in 1992-93 the team went on to the NWIT.
• Current A-State assistant coach Sonja Tate was a member of the 1992-93 team.
• It would be the 11th, 20-win season in school history.
 
REGULAR?SEASON?RECORD?TIED
• The Arkansas State women's basketball team finished the regular season with an overall record of 21-9 to tie the all-time program record for most wins in the regular reason.
• The all-time school record for most overall wins is 25 which has been done twice.
 
A?DEEPER?LOOK?AT?THE?NUMBERS
• The Red Wolves have gone 30-8 in the Sun Belt Conference for an overall winning percentage of .789 in league play over that span. 
• The previous highest two-year conference winning percentage is .750 which has happened three times (2003-05, 1996-98 and 1979-80*Member of AWISA*)
 
QUITE?THE?TWO-YEAR?RUN
• A-State is seeking is seeking its 45th win in the last two years, which would be tied for the third most over any two-year period in school history
 
MORE?THAN?JUST?A?SCORER
• Aundrea Gamble has now moved into A-State's top-10 all- time assists list with 284 in her career.
• If she moves into the top-10 on A-State all-time career scoring list she will be just the third player in school history to be in the top-10 on both lists.
 
HOLY?RPI?BATMAN!
• Arkansas State is currently sitting at an RPI 47 and trails only UALR at 32 for the best rating in the Sun Belt. 
• Arkansas did not crack to the top-100 in the NCAA?RPI last season.
• This is the Red Wolves highest ranking in the RPI season since the 2004-05 season when it finished ranked 67th in the final NCAA?RPI rankings.
 
A?HELPING?HAND
• Aundrea Gamble has totaled 152 assists through 30 games this season for a 5.1 average. The single season record at A-State for most assists in a year is 167, which could be in reach depneding on how deep of postseason run the Red Wolves make.
• Last season, Gamble became the eighth player in school history to lead A-State in both points and rebounds but she could become the first player in the school's history to do it twice in a career.
 
NEAR?PERFECTION?AT?HOME
• Over the last two seasons the Red Wolves have gone a combined 25-3 inside the friendly confines of the Convocation Center.
• The Red Wolves finished with a 13-1 record at home this year and a perfect 10-0 record during conference play.
• The Red Wolves have won games by an average of 18.8 points per game during the stretch.
• The Red Wolves have gone undefeated at home three times in their history, with the most recent coming in 2004-05.
 
A?CUT?ABOVE?THE?REST
• Arkansas State is currently ranked 12th in the NCAA?in team field goal percentage (45.1%) heading this week's Sun?Belt Conference 
Tournament.
• The Red Wolves have shot 46% or better 12 times this year and are 10- 2 in those games with its only losses coming at Mississippi State and at UALR.
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