AMES, Iowa. (11/27/16) – Despite a career-high 20 points from junior Akasha Westbrook the Arkansas State women’s basketball team could not overcome an early first quarter run from Iowa State in a 105-53 loss to the Cyclones Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State jumped out to a 17-4 advantage in the first quarter thanks to an 11-0 as the Red Wolves (0-5) went just 2-of-10 from the field in the game’s opening minutes. The Cyclones (5-0) pushed the lead to 22-10 at the end of the period and took a 50-28 lead in the break at halftime.
“This was bad from start to finish and everywhere in between,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said.” Offensively we attacked and did the right things as far as that goes, but as is the case size played a big factor and when our guards drove into the paint we couldn’t get a shot off or we got it blocked so we’ve got to get more creative when it comes to that. Defensively we struggled all night and the one thing that I don’t think really shows up on film, is just how experienced and crafty their guards and I think that played a big role tonight as well.”
Iowa State shot a blistering 57.4 percent (39-68) from the field, but the Red Wolves shooting woes continued throughout the afternoon as the team finished 20-of-70 (28.6 percent) from the field.
Westbrook scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half on 7-of-15 shooting. She also grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists.
Tahlon Hopkins and Jada Ford finished with eight points each for A-State, while Lauren Bradshaw and Dominque Oliver combined with Westbrook to lead the team in rebounds with six each.
Seanna Johnson, Meredith Burkhall and Emily Durr led Iowa State with 18 points each, while Burkhall added 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
A-State will conclude its two-game road swing with a trip to Wichita State on Friday, Dec. 2 and then will return to the Convo to host Tulsa on Tuesday, Dec. 6.