JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State women's basketball team handed Georgia Southern a 77-54 setback Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center, giving the Red Wolves a school-record 20 consecutive home wins and their best record through 19 games since 1992-93.
A-State improved to 16-3 overall and remained undefeated in Sun Belt Conference play with a 10-0 record. This year's team has now matched the 1992-93 squad as the second fastest to reach 16 victories in school history. Georgia Southern dropped to 6-13 overall and 3-7 in league play.
Senior guard Aundrea Gamble scored a game-high 20 points, while senior forward Khadija Brown-Haywood posted 17 points and a team-high 10 rebounds to lead the Red Wolves. Gamble collected her 44th career 20-point game, and Brown-Haywood recorded her eighth double-double this season. Senior guard Jessica Flanery added 10 points for Arkansas State.
A-State tied the Convocation Center record for fewest turnovers in a game with five, and its 23-point victory was sparked by a second period that saw the Red Wolves outscore the Eagles 23-7. The Red Wolves originally set the arena record for fewest turnovers on Jan. 3, 2015, against Appalachian State.
"We only had five turnovers which is a school record, so obviously we will take that," A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. "You shouldn't turn it over a lot with a team that zones it like this, but you still can get careless and make mistakes so I thought we were really disciplined there and so that part was good."
Georgia Southern grabbed its initial lead three minutes into the game and didn't trail until A-State scored the first period's final three points to take a 16-13 advantage. The Red Wolves improved their shooting percentage from .353 in the first period to .615 in a dominating second period they began with an 18-2 run.
Arkansas State limited the Eagles to a .200 field goal percentage in the second period and allowed just two points over the first seven minutes. The Red Wolves closed the period with a Brown-Haywood three pointer with eight seconds left to take a 39-20 lead into the break.
"That second quarter defensively was phenomenal," Boyer said. "It was really fun to watch how aggressive we were."
The Eagles couldn't get closer than 17 points the rest of the way, while A-State's lead reached as much as 27 points two different times in the fourth period.
A-State ended the game with a .456 shooting percentage in comparison to Georgia Southern's .379. The Eagles outrebounded the Red Wolves 39-36, but were hurt by 17 turnovers A-State turned into 24 points. The Red Wolves had 11 players score and got 20 points from their bench.
Georgia Southern was led by three players scoring in double figures, including Angel McGowan with a team-high 16 points. Sierra Butler led the Eagles on the boards with 10 rebounds.