Lady Red Wolves fall to FIU, 52-45
In their final home game of the season, the Arkansas State Lady Red Wolves basketball team found themselves on the receiving end of 23 points from Florida International guard Jerica Coley and a double-double from forward Finda Mansare, falling to the Lady Panthers 52-45 Saturday afternoon.
FIU dominated inside, posting 26 points in the paint and collecting 42 rebounds while stifling sophomore forward Jane Morrill, who struggled to direct the Lady Red Wolves' (11-16, 5-9) attack in the first half.
"I wasn't doing a good enough job getting positioning for getting my team the ball. I did take shots. They weren't the right ones, and they weren't falling," Morrill said.
Morrill finished with 10 points, all in the second half.
Senior guard NeNe Hurst-McLennan led the team with 15 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Ashley Olvera recorded nine points and four assists.
Head coach Brian Boyer said he was "disappointed" in his team, which was looking for its third straight win.
"At times, we played pretty good defensively, but we just failed to finish plays today, and the 18 offense rebounds were just a killer for us," Boyer said.
Arkansas State shot 30 percent from the floor in the first half, hitting just one of 10 three-point attempts.
They surrendered their early lead five times, entering the half down 25-20.
FIU trailed 15-17 with 5:27 remaining in the first half before exploding with a 10-3 run heading into the locker room.
"I don't know what happened. We turned it over 11 times. We tried to force things that weren't there," Boyer said.
Despite FIU's halftime advantage, ASU battled back, coming within one point of tying it at 41.
FIU countered with a 10-2 run to make it 50-42 before Morrill hit a three with 59 seconds left in the game.
FIU guard Carmen Miloglav downed two free throws to put the game out of reach.
"[In the second half we] did a better job of taking care of the basketball, but we just could not put an extended stretch of defensive stops together," Boyer said.
ASU will now go on the road to Western Kentucky on Wednesday and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday to close out the regular season.
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