Lady Red Wolves escape Lafayette with narrow 55-52 win
After getting out to a 13-point lead before halftime, Brian Boyer's Lady Red Wolves held on for a close 55-52 win against Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday afternoon to improve to 8-12, 2-5 on the season.
The win snapped a two game losing streak for the Lady Red Wolves and extended the programs win streak against Louisiana Lafayette (5-14, 0-7) to eight games. The Red Wolves were led in scoring by sophomore forward Jane Morrill, who had 16 points and four rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
The Lady Red Wolves won despite not scoring a field goal in the final eight minutes and 31 seconds, which was part of an 18-3 run for Lafayette that ended with a three pointer from the Cajun's Krystal Motley with just over a minute left in the game, when ASU only led 53-52.
"I don't fault the players," Boyer said. "I thought the execution was there. We had a couple of shots that just rimmed out, and we got to the free throw line enough to hang on for the win."
The Red Wolves win was secured in the final minutes by free throws, with the game cincher coming from junior guard Andi Watson, who finished the game with five points, all of them from coming at the free throw line and a career and team high eight rebounds.
"I wouldn't say we fell asleep." Morrill said. "[Lafayette] locked down and we couldn't hit a shot."
Boyer attributed Lafayette's second half success to having a tight zone defense that forced ASU to shoot from behind the three point line, where ASU was 5 of 25 with junior guard Ashley Olvera leading the team with two.
"The percentage doesn't look good, but those five we hit we had to have," Boyer said. "We got to the free throw line just enough to get us to hang on for the win."
In a fast-paced game, both teams combined for only 18 personal fouls, with ASU only committing six. The Red Wolves went to the free throw line 11 times in the game and made all but one.
"That helped us late to," Boyer said, "we went into those last free throws with fouls to give. We used one of them and were prepared to use another one or two if the opportunity came about. Having those fouls in our back pocket was a good thing."
The Lady Red Wolves will now take their back pocket win on the road for games against third place Denver (12-8, 4-2) on Jan. 25, a place ASU has never won at and against first place North Texas (11-8, 4-2) on Jan. 28.
The Lady Red Wolves will return to Convocation Center on Feb. 1 against Louisiana-Monroe.
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