JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Senior forward Khadija Brown-Haywood recorded her fifth career double-double, and two additional Arkansas State players scored in double figures to lead the Red Wolves to a 66-43 victory over Louisiana-Monroe Thursday night at the Convocation Center in a Sun Belt Conference women’s basketball game.
A-State improved to 9-3 overall, giving the Red Wolves their best record through 12 games since the 2003-04 season. The squad remained undefeated in league play, running its Sun Belt record to 3-0 for the sixth time in school history. In the process, the Red Wolves extended their home winning streak to 15 games. ULM saw its overall record move to 6-5, and the Warhawks now stand 0-3 against conference opponents.
“I’m certainly very pleased with this performance,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “A couple of areas that stood out in particular was our effort on the defensive end and what I really liked was that it was really all the way through four quarters and that’s something we haven’t done really all year. On the offensive end we got back to the team that doesn’t turn the ball over. We hadn’t got out of that at Troy and South Alabama a little bit, but certainly good to see us take care of the ball again.”
Brown-Haywood scored a team-high 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to collect her fourth double-double of the season. Senior forward Amanda Lawson and senior guard Aundrea Gamble added 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Red Wolves.
Following one tie and two lead changes early in the contest, A-State went on top 7-6 when Lawson hit a jumper with 5:21 left in the first quarter. The shot began a 13-2 run for A-State, which wouldn’t relinquish the lead the remainder of the game.
A-State built a 22-10 advantage by the end of the first quarter and outscored the Warhawks 14-6 in the second, taking control of the game with a 36-16 halftime lead. The Red Wolves limited ULM to just two made field goals in the second quarter and held the Warhawks to a 25.9 field goal percentage in the first half.
Lawson scored seven of her 14 points in the third quarter, helping the Red Wolves extend their lead to 54-26 by the end of the period. They claimed their largest lead of the game at 30 points, 56-26, early in the final period before going on to the 23-point victory.
A-State recorded eight steals and scored 20 points off 23 ULM turnovers. The Red Wolves, in contrast, committed just 10 turnovers and also handed out 14 assists to the Warhawks five. All but one Arkansas State player who saw action in the game scored as it got 23 points from its bench.
The Red Wolves shot 39.7 percent from the field in comparison to ULM’s .353 field goal percentage. A-State also posted a higher shooting percentage from beyond the arc and free throw line.
ULM was led by Alayshia Hunter with a game-high 16 points, and the Warhawks Daja Chase narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Arkansas State continues a four-game home stand Saturday, Jan. 9, at 3:00 p.m. against Louisiana-Lafayette.
A-State returns to the hardwood Saturday, Jan. 9 against Louisiana-Lafayette at 3 p.m. at the Convocation Center.