Arkansas State Stifles Ladyjacks

JONESBORO, Ark. – The Ladyjacks only shot 29 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 51-33 on the night as Arkansas State handed SFA a 59-42 defeat on Tuesday at the Convocation Center.

SFA (2-8) led by three early in the ballgame, but the Red Wolves (7-6) took hold midway through the first 20 minutes and got 21 points and 16 rebounds from Shay Scott in holding the Ladyjacks to their lowest scoring output of the season.

Tammara Marion and Courtney Conwright were the only Ladyjacks to reach double figures, with Marion's 11 points all coming in the first half and giving her at least 10 points in all of SFA's games this season. Conwright added a dozen points, including nine in the second half and the pair combined to knock down all four of SFA's three-point tries with SFA going just 4-for-24 from behind the arc.

SFA was hampered by 18 turnovers, but it was the second-chance points that did them in as ASU outscored them 15-2 on second-chance tries. The Red Wolves nearly had three players with double-doubles, as Quinishia McDowell finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Shania Hurst had 13 points and nine boards.

A 14-4 run by ASU midway through the first half gave them a comfortable lead at the 7:27 mark on a three-pointer from McDowell, and despite SFA trimming that deficit to just four points on consecutive buckets from Marion, ASU still managed to take a 32-22 lead into the halftime break.

Scott had 13 of her 21 points in the second half, helping give ASU a 45-36 lead with less than 10 minutes to play after SFA had cut it to just a seven-point game with a pair of free throws from Decreasha Goodner.  From there it was all Red Wolves as SFA could only manage six points in the final 9:40 of the game, putting in just a pair of field goals in that span.

The Ladyjacks get a week off before having to play again, hosting Houston Baptist on Dec. 28 as the first of four consecutive games at home.