ARLINGTON, TX (A-STATE) – The Arkansas State women's basketball team ran it winning streak to seven straight with a 78-71 victory over UT Arlington Thursday evening at the College Park Center.
A-State has now matched its best start to Sun Belt Conference play in school history with a 7-0 record. The team also improved its overall record to 13-3 for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
"This is a good win for us," A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. "Every win this time of year is good, but there are some of these that when you go into someone place's and beat a team you've done something and this is a good team that we beat in a really tough environment."
Khadija Brown-Haywood led the way for A-State with a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Aundrea Gamble added 17 points and seven assists, while Brittney Gill finished in double-figures with 12 points. Jessica Flanery rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.
The Red Wolves held a nine point lead at the end of the third quarter, and Gill made a 65-55 lead with 6:13 to go, but the Mavericks cut the deficit to five after a 3-pointer and A-State turnovers that led to a layup.
UTA cut the lead to 74-69 with 32 seconds remaining, but Brown-Haywood nailed a pair of free throws to push the lead back to seven. Following a quick layup by the Mavericks, Gamble went to the free throw line with six seconds to go and hit both free throws to put the game away.
Arkansas State held its largest lead of the night early in the third quarter when Flanery hit the second of her two 3-pointers on the night to put the Red Wolves up 54-42, but the Mavericks refused to go away. UTA drained 10, 3-pointers on the night and matched A-State in field goal percentage at 48.3.
A-State held a 16-20 advantage at the free throw line, however, while UT Arlington was just 3-of-7 from the charity stripe on the night.
A-State shot a blistering 50 percent from the field in the opening quarter and used a 13-0 run to build an 18-10 advantage with just over two minutes to go. The Mavericks went scoreless for over four-plus minutes as Gamble and Brown-Haywood took over. The pair combined to score all but four points during the run, but UTA refused to go away and hit a 3-pointer before the end of the quarter to get within 21-15.
A-State continued to knock down shots in the second quarter and built a 30-19 lead after 3-pointer by Gamble with 6:27 to go until the half, but UTA got back into the game by hitting three, 3-pointers over four trips down the floor to get within 32-30.
Gamble and Brown-Haywood helped push the advantage back to six points as the pair combined for 27 points. Brown-Haywood finished the half with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Gamble added 13 points to help Arkansas State knock down 49 percent of its shots in the opening 20 minutes.
Arkansas State returns to action Saturday, Jan. 23, with a 2 p.m. road game at Texas State.
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