Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – Jada Ford had a career high 23 points and Dominque Oliver added 16 points to lead Arkansas State women’s basketball to an 83-80 win over Tulsa for the 300th career victory for head coach Brian Boyer.
The Red Wolves were 9-of-16 from 3-point range on the game with Ford hitting 5-of-7 and Oliver hitting 3-of-4. Tahlon Hopkins had eight points and helped the Red Wolves out-rebound Tulsa 42-40 with a career high 11 boards. A-State shot 42.4 percent (28-66) from the floor and finished a season best 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
“Obviously glad to get the win,” said Boyer. “One of the things that is a relief, is that we did a lot of good things today and that would have been a tough locker room to walk into if you had played that hard and you don’t come out on top. I’m glad things worked out in the end and we made some big plays down the stretch and we were able to hold on.”
The first quarter featured a 7-0 run by A-State (1-6) after Tulsa (3-7) scored the first four points of the night, but the Golden Hurricane answered with a 8-0 run of their own to lead 15-7. Tulsa built a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 13-point lead, 29-16, with 8:54 left in the half, but A-State refused to go away.
The Red Wolves outscored the visitors 27-9 to build a 43-38 by halftime. Ford scored 10 of her 23 points in the second quarter to spark the Red Wolves, who had a season best 43 points in the first half. A-State finished the first half on a 13-2 run with Ford draining the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds on the clock.
A-State was solid in the third quarter, hitting 4-of-4 from 3-point range to stave off any chance of a rally by Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane were able to tie the game at 49 midway through the third quarter, but Oliver hit a corner trey to spark an 11-2 run as the Red Wolves built a nine-point advantage.
The Red Wolves led 66-60 at the end of the third quarter and built an 11-point lead with 5:44 remaining. Tulsa dwindled the Red Wolves lead to 81-80 behind a 14-4 run, but missed a potential go-ahead layup with 40 seconds remaining. Starr Taylor knocked down a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left to set the final score of 83-80. A-State was able to rebound the Golden Hurricane attempt of a game-tying three with five seconds left.
The Red Wolves return to action Sunday, December 11 against No. 22 South Florida. Tip-off is set for 2:00 inside the Convocation Center.