STATESBORO, GA (A-STATE) – Arkansas State senior forward Khadija Brown-Haywood scored a career-high 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season as the Arkansas State women’s basketball team won school record 15th straight game in a 79-52 victory over Georgia Southern Thursday night at Hanner Fieldhouse.
Brown-Haywood torched the nets throughout the night as the Eagles had no answer for her hot hand. She shot 60 percent (9-of-15) from the field and hit 4-of-7 of her 3-point attempts. She also went 8-of-10 from the free throw line and added two steals and two assists.
“The girls played their hearts out,” A-State assistant coach Deidra Johnson said. “When you come into a tough environment like this and hold Georgia Southern to 52 points is an impressive defensive effort. We got on the floor and hustled on defense and created points for ourselves by creating 19 turnovers and turning those into 25 points. That’s a big accomplishment when you are playing a team for the second time in a conference season because they are much more familiar with that you are going to do defensively.”
With the victory the Red Wolves (21-3, 15-0 SBC) won their 15th consecutive game, breaking the previous record of 14 set during the 1992-93 season. The Red Wolves are also just one win away from assuring themselves of at least a share of the Sun Belt Conference regular season title.
A-State looked sharp from the start as a 9-0 run helped A- create distance with an 18-9 advantage with 1:04 remaining. Brown-Haywood paced A-State with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers as the lead grew to 24-12 at the end of the frame.
Georgia Southern (7-17, 4-11) found success in the second quarter and used a 9-0 run to take a 27-26 lead with 6:55 remaining in the half. The Eagles went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc during the run to help build the lead, but the hot shooting would not last as Georgia Southern scored just one point the remainder of the half.
A-State closed the half on a 16-1 run to take a 42-28 lead into the break. The Red Wolves went on an immediate 6-0 after they fell behind and then closed the half on a 10-0 run that included a circus shot by Jessica Flanery as time expired.
Brown-Haywood finished with 18 points and six rebounds in the opening 20 minutes, including four 3-pointers.
The Eagles cut the deficit to 44-34 with a pair of quick 3-pointers to open the third quarter, but A-State responded with a 9-0 to push its lead to 54-34 after a layup by Brittney Gill with 5:07 to go in the period. Gill finished the night with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Flanery also added eight points. Freshman Kylie Ladd also had a career-high eight points.
A-State wraps up its four-game road trip Saturday, Feb. 20 at Georgia State. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.
A-State head coach Brian Boyer will not be present at Saturday’s game due to the death of his mother, Judy Boyer, Wednesday evening. Boyer coached Thursday’s game at Georgia Southern and left to be with his family after the game.
Assistant coach Autumn Rademacher will serve as the interim head coach in Boyer’s absence.
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