JONESBORO, AR (A-State) – A wire-to-wire 66-44 win over UT Arlington helped Arkansas State women’s basketball to their 18th-straight win and a perfect home record this season.
The win improved A-State to 13-0 on home floor this season and extended the home win streak to 18 games. The Red Wolves move to 24-3 on the season and a perfect 18-0 in Sun Belt play. UT Arlington falls to 13-14 overall and 8-9 in conference play.
A-State recognized five seniors, all starters, before the game and the group contributed heavily in their home finale. Aundrea Gamble led the way with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists while Jessica Flanery was 4-for-7 from 3-point range for 12 points. Khadija Brown-Haywood and Brittney Gill each had 10 points while Amanda Lawsonadded eight points. Rebekah VanDijk had a team-high 13 points for the Mavericks.
“This effort was interesting was how similar this was to Thursday’s game,” A-State head coach Brian Boyersaid. “Earlier on the intensity and effort was perfect and the players did a great job of executing the game plan.”
A-State opened the game on a 13-2 run and never looked back. The Red Wolves 5-of-10 from the field to start the game, while the Mavericks struggled out of the gate went just 1-for-7 from the floor. A 3-pointer by Lawson, just the second of her career, capped the 13-2 start for the Red Wolves.
UT Arlington trimmed the A-State lead to six, 16-10, with 2:31 left in the first quarter, but that would be as close as the Mavericks got the rest of the day. A-State closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run and extended the run to 16-4 in the first 4:37 of the second frame.
After a trey by Gamble gave A-State a 19-10 lead, the Red Wolves scored their next six points by way of old-fashioned three-point plays. Gamble drove to the basket was fouled and hit the bonus to make it 22-10 with 1:16 left. Lauren Bradshaw received an entry pass in the post, laid in the layup and finished the and-1 opportunity to cap the first quarter for A-State.
The Red Wolves had a 42-23 lead at halftime after shooting 7-for-13 (53.9 percent) from 3-point range in the half. A-State was 50 percent (16-32) from the floor while holding the Mavericks to 27 percent (8-28).
A-State picked up where they left off in the first half, outscoring the Mavericks 21-6 in the third quarter. The Red Wolves were 56 percent (9-16) from the floor, building the largest lead of the night, 63-29, with a jumper by Gill before the horn at the end of the third quarter.
“This had every making of a letdown game,” Boyer said. “Once again this group just continues to do what they do. They come focused and ready play and its really fun to watch and to coach.”
A-State finished the game 44 percent (26-59) from the floor and 3-point range (10-23) while holding the Mavericks to 30 percent (15-50) from the floor and 19 percent (3-16) from the 3-point range. The Red Wolves out-rebounded UT Arlington 36-31 and forced 18 turnovers.
With the victory A-State is also know just the third team in Sun Belt Conference history to win 18 games in conference play. Little Rock and Middle Tennessee are the only two other teams to accomplish the feat.
The Red Wolves close the regular season with a two road games next week. A-State plays at Little Rock Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. before closing the season at Appalachian State on Saturday at noon (CT).