JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – Led by three players scoring in double figures, including senior guard Khadija Brown-Haywood with a team-high 19 points, the Arkansas State women's basketball team claimed a 91-63 exhibition victory over Henderson State Tuesday night at the Convocation Center.
Senior guards Aundrea Gamble and Brittney Gill added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for A-State, which outscored HSU 54-31 in the second half on its way to the 28-point victory. The Red Wolves held just a 37-32 halftime lead, but significantly increased their field goal percentage as HSU's dropped in the second half to collect a decisive victory.
"This is what you kind of hope for out of an exhibition game because we had some struggles and we had a team that pushed us and got our attention and made us take this thing seriously," A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. "It was truly a game of quarters because things went so easily for us in the first quarter and then we got too perimeter in the second quarter and then the defense got us going in the third quarter."
Leading 39-36 two minutes into the third period, Arkansas State went on an 11-0 run to reclaim a double-figure advantage it also held in both the first and second periods. The Red Wolves ended the period with a 66-45 lead and held their largest advantage at 30 points three different times in the game's closing minutes.
A-State improved its shooting percentage from .385 in the first half to .553 in the second, while also holding HSU to a .278 percentage over the final 20 minutes.
The Red Wolves grabbed a 23-11 advantage by the end of the first period and led by 14 with 7:08 left in the first half, but Henderson State then went on a 17-8 run to cut its deficit to five points by the break.
A-State finished the game with a 46.8 field goal percentage, while the HSU hit 34.9 percent of its shots. The Red Wolves outrebounded the Reddies 48-42 and also finished with five more steals (12-7), 10 more assists (16-6) and nine fewer turnovers (12-21).
In addition to her 12 points, Gill led the Red Wolves with eight rebounds and Gamble dished out a game-high five assists. A-State used 12 players in the exhibition contest and saw 11 of them score, including Anna Flanery with nine points and Aaliyah Warren and Lauren Bradshaw with eight each.
"There were stretches of good and stretches of bad," Boyer said. "All in all it was a pretty typical exhibition game because there is some good you can take from it and some bad to learn from."
Henderson State was led by Haleigh Henson with a game-high 22 points. Dulincia Keener and Victoria Stewart added 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Reddies.
A-State will play Harding in its second and final exhibition contest Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7:05 p.m. at the Convocation Center. The Red Wolves are set to open their 2015-16 regular season Nov. 14 at Tennessee Tech.
Season tickets for A-State's 2015-16 campaign are on sale at the A-State Ticket Office, located at the Convocation Center's lower red entrance. The ticket office can be contacted at 870-972-2781, and ticket information is also available by clicking on the Ticket Central Page on AStateRedWolves.com or by logging onto the site directly at AStateRedWolves.com/tickets.