Dominance on the boards and Lauryn Pendleton’s double-double performance earned the Arkansas State women’s basketball team their first league win of the year, defeating South Alabama 63-47 Thursday at the Mitchell Center.
A-State (6-12, 1-6 SBC) passed the Jaguars (4-14, 0-7) 55-29, including 22 offensive rebounds, and led by as much as 18 in the win. Pendleton had her third double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 boards. The sophomore was a perfect 10-on-10 from the free-throw line in her third 20-point performance in league play.
Anna Griffin added 15 points and eight boards while Kiayra Ellis had a game-high and a career-best 12 rebounds. Jade Upshaw drew the start and had 10 points, along with five rebounds, while Izzy Higginbottom added nine points from the bench.
As a team, the Red Wolves shot 34.0 percent on 18 of 53 from the field, hit 8 of 23 from deep (34.8 percent) and walked 19 of 29 (65.5 percent) at the free throw line. South Alabama shot just 29.1 percent (16-55) from field and coughed up 19 turnovers.
Maggie Robinson was the only Jaguar in double digits with 13 points, while Nadia Howard had eight rebounds.
A-State got off to a hot start offensively, hitting five of its first seven shots, but cooled off as the Jaguars ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run to reduce the Red Wolves’ lead to 13-11 after one period .
After an early layup by Robinson, the game equalized at 13 to open the second quarter, a 12-0 run pushed A-State back in front by double digits. The Red Wolves ended the half-time with a 17:5 run and took a 30:18 lead at the break.
The Scarlets and Blacks continued to dominate the boards in the third quarter, overtaking the hosts 17-7 and closing out the third with a 6-0 run to hold a commanding 43-26 lead after three quarters.
A-States biggest lead of the night came from an Ellis free throw, but the Jaguars would fight back to 10 midway through the quarter. Pendleton then passed the opponent 9-2 over a period of almost 3 minutes to close the gap back to 17. Higginbottom converted a 3-point play at the 1:12 mark to extend the Red Wolves’ lead back to 18 a jumper by Michiyah Simmons who finished the scoring with 3 seconds left.
Arkansas State wraps up its four-game road swing Saturday, Jan. 21 in Louisiana (10-9, 4-3). Tip-off against the Ragin’ Cajuns at the Cajundome is scheduled for 2pm CT on ESPN+. The radio show can be heard live on EAB Red Wolves Sports Network station 95.3 and 96.9 The Ticket Radio Network.
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