JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Led by Khadija Brown-Haywood’s third career double-double, the Arkansas State women’s basketball team cruised by Alcorn State 82-50 Saturday night at the Convocation Center.
Brown-Haywood scored 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead four players in double-figures on the night. Aundrea Gamble led all A-State (5-2) players with 15 points, while Amanda Lawson and Brittney Gill each added 10 points.
A-State was red hot from the field in the first quarter, and used a 15-0 run early in the period to build a double-digit lead. The Red Wolves went 7-of-9 from the field during the run and held an 18-2 lead with six minutes to go.
The Red Wolves’ defense was a key factor in the early lead. The Braves committed seven turnovers in the first quarter that lead to 10 points in transition for A-State. Gamble scored 11 of her 15 points in the frame, including a 3-pointer to start the game, as A-State held a 31-10 lead after the first 10 minutes.
“The first quarter we were really good defensively and it allowed us to get out in transition and 31 points in a quarter is a lot of points,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “From that point on we weren’t able to get out in transition and had to score in the halfcourt and I was pretty disappointed with that in the second quarter, but we picked it up in the third quarter and overall I was pleased with this effort. We were able to get a lot of players into the game and was able to rotate some people in and out of the game.”
Arkansas State rode it’s momentum into the second quarter as the Lady Braves added six more turnovers to give them 13 at half.
The Red Wolves extended the lead 65-33 at the end of the third quarter, and then stretched its lead to 37 in the fourth quarter, but Alcorn State rallied late to get the deficit down to 32 by the end of the game.
Alcorn State was limited to 30.6 percent shooting from the field, A-State drained 45.6 percent of its field goal attempts. The Red Wolves also held a 46-39 advantage of the boards and five 3-pointers to the Lady Braves’ one.
A-State returns home Wednesday Dec. 16 when it hosts Austin Peay at the Convocation Center. The game is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.