JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – Led by four players scoring in double figures, the Arkansas State women's basketball team claimed a 75-54 Sun Belt Conference victory against Georgia State Thursday night at the Convocation Center to run its home winning streak to a school-record-tying 19 games.
The Red Wolves now hold a 15-3 overall record that is their best through 18 games since the 1996-97 season. A-State remains in sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt standings after improving its league record to 9-0. Georgia State saw its overall record fall to 8-10 and now stands 3-6 in conference action.
"It's good to get a win," A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. "My comments to the team afterwards were sometimes you just don't play your best, but, you know we did a lot of good things today."
Junior guard Brittany Fowler came off the bench to post a career-high 15 points, joining senior guard Aundrea Gamble as Arkansas State's leading scorers. Also reaching double figures for the Red Wolves were senior forward Amanda Lawson and senior guard Brittney Gill with 10 points each.
"Fowler hit some key shots in the second half that really kind of separated the score a little bit," Boyer added. "Through all of that I was still proud of the way that we did some things defensively. We forced 29 turnovers which is really good. We gave ourselves extra chances, and we had 22 offensive rebounds and when you are not shooting the ball well you have to keep giving yourself extra chances."
A-State lead just 10-9 seven minutes into the game before ending the first period with a 15-11 advantage. Still holding just a three-point cushion with 4:03 left in the second period, the Red Wolves were able to close the half by scoring 11 of the last 16 points to take a 35-26 lead into the break.
Arkansas State was able to grab a double-figure lead, which it wouldn't relinquish the remainder of the game, just over three minutes into the third period. The Red Wolves went on to outscore the Panthers 15-9 in the third period and saw their lead swell to as much as 25 points in the fourth.
The Red Wolves recorded a .377 field goal percentage in comparison to Georgia State's .417, but attempted 29 more shots than the Panthers. They also recorded just 10 turnovers to Georgia State's 29 and scored 33 points of the Panthers' miscues.
While GSU finished with a 44-39 advantage on the boards, A-State ended with five more second-chance points. Senior forward Khadija Brown-Haywood pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds for A-State and also finished with seven points, five assists and four steals.
Arkansas State returns to action Saturday, Jan. 30, with a 3:00 p.m. home game against Georgia Southern.