JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State women’s basketball team claimed a 67-40 victory over Wichita State in its 2015-16 home opener Saturday night at the Convocation Center, running its overall record to 3-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
The Red Wolves improved to 15-2 all-time in home openers under head coach Brian Boyer, who claimed his 275th career victory in the process. A-State picked up a win in its home opener for the third consecutive year and is now undefeated through three games for the eighth time in school history.
The Red Wolves were led by three players scoring in double figures, including senior guard Jessica Flanery with a game-high 14 points. Senior’s Amanda Lawson and Aundrea Gamble added 12 points each for A-State, while Khadija Brown-Haywood led the team on the boards with a season-tying eight rebounds.
A-State raced out to a 12-2 advantage six minutes into the game before Wichita State closed the first quarter on an 8-2 run to pull within 14-10. The Shockers continued their surge by scoring the first three points of the second quarter to pull within one, but A-State responded with a 6-0 run to go up 20-13 with 8:13 left in the half. Taking advantage of 17 Wichita State turnovers in the first half, the Red Wolves carried a 28-18 lead into the intermission.
There were a few key things that we wanted to do defensively and I thought our players did an excellent job of executing that,” Boyer said. “When you look at that stretch in the second and third quarter where they scored 14 points in about 20 minutes. Offensively I thought we were just good enough. They switched a lot against and their size at times was an issue and we missed some opportunities, but even in the stretches where we played bad offensively the defense continued to be good.”
A-State was able to extend its lead to 41-20 five minutes into the second half and outscored the Shockers 17-6 in the third period to take a commanding 45-24 lead. The Red Wolves built their lead to as much as 28 points two different times in the fourth period.
A-State limited Wichita State to a .373 field goal percentage and its 40 points allowed were the fewest by an opponent since Alabama A&M scored 38 during the 2005-06 season. The Red Wolves recorded at least 10 steals for the third consecutive game and turned 24 turnovers by the Shockers into 30 points.
A-State posted a .450 shooting percentage and finished the contest with a 39-28 advantage on the boards. In addition to her 12 points, Gamble was responsible for a season-high seven assists and four rebounds. Flanery ended the game with five rebounds and three assists.
Wichita State, which didn’t have a single player score in double figures, was led by Brittany Martin with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Red Wolves return to action Wednesday, Nov. 25, with a 6:30 p.m. game at Chattanooga. Their next home game is set for Monday, Dec. 12, against Alcorn State at 5:05 p.m.