Mobile, AL (A-State) – The Arkansas State women’s basketball team dropped its regular season finale Saturday with a 71-49 setback to South Alabama at the Mitchell Center.
With the loss, the Red Wolves finish the season with a 6-24 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the Sun Belt. Arkansas State will enter the Sun Belt Championship Tournament as the No. 11 seed, which is set to begin on Tuesday, March 7. The final bracket, with matchups and times will be released Saturday evening.
Payton Tennison led A-State and tied a career-high with 11 points, while Jada Ford also finished with 11 points. Lauren Bradshaw led the Red Wolves six rebounds.
South Alabama was paced by Colby Davis’ 20 points, while Genesis Perrymond added 14. LaNeetra Guillory also finished in double-figures with 12 points, while Chyna Ellis rounded out the scoring with 10.
The Jaguars shot a blistering 52 percent from the field and knocked down 9-of-15 shots from beyond the arc, while A-State shot just 28.6 percent from the field and made just five, 3-pointers.
How It Happened (First Half):
South Alabama opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run and took their largest lead of the half at 25-17 after a 3-pointer by Colby Davis. The Red Wolves cut the lead to four after a pair of free throws by Jada Ford, but a quick ‘3’ from Shaforia Kines quickly gave the Jaguars a 33-26 lead with just over a minute remaining. Ford knocked down another pair of free throws with two seconds to go in the half get A-State with 33-28 at the break.
Ford led A-State with nine and three rebounds, while Payton Tennison added five points. Tennison hit a 3-pointer near the end of the first quarter to get Arkansas State within 12-11 at the end of the first quarter.
A-State struggled with turnovers in the first and finished with 12 miscues and shot just 34 percent from the field. Meanwhile, South Alabama shot 45 percent from the field, but also committed 11 turnovers but Arkansas State scored just six points off those turnovers.
How It Happened (Second Half):
South Alabama went on a 13-2 run in the third quarter to take a 49-33 that A-State could not recover from. The Jaguars outscored the Red Wolves 16-6 in the period and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc to help build the lead. The Red Wolves made just two field goals and had four turnovers during the stretch.
A 6-0 run in the fourth quarter cut the deficit to 51-40 after Tennison knocked down a 3-pointer, and the lead was cut to 57-47 with over five minutes to go, but the Jaguars’ responded with a 3-pointer from Davis to push the advantage to 13 and A-State could not cut into the lead.
“They just played harder than us in the third quarter. It wasn’t about anything else other than that really. They hustled more, got to every loose ball and once again you look up and you have dug yourself a huge hole. We did pick things up a little bit in the fourth quarter but, by that point the damage had already been done.
Lauren Bradshaw collected her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Her 12 rebounds also tied a career-high.
Payton Tennison finished with a career-high 11 points. It was the second straight game that Tennison has posted a career-high in points.
Madison Heckert tied a career-high with eight rebounds and finished in double-figures for the second time in her career with 10 points.
Tahlon Hopkins scored all 10 of her points in the third quarter.
A-State had five players score in double-figures for the first time since Dec. 30, 2015 at Troy.
The Red Wolves 47 rebounds were the most in a game this season, while its 77 points were the third most of the season.
Arkansas State will compete as the No. 11 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament which is slated to begin on Tuesday. All games will air on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.