Lady Red Wolves rally late, survive against WKU in overtime
When the Arkansas State Lady Red Wolves took the floor against Western Kentucky Wednesday evening they were well aware this was a big week for the squad.
After coming off a disappointing 83-65 loss against Troy on Saturday and with an upcoming matchup against Georgia State looming, the Lady Red Wolves knew they had to take care of business.
They did just that, and in dramatic fashion as well.
In a game that featured 13 ties and nine lead changes, A-State would rally from a late game five point deficit to send the game to overtime, then used the extra frame to take down Western Kentucky 78-75 at the Convocation Center.
Facing a five point deficit with 1:24 to go, the Red Wolves were unable to get stops but stayed in the contest due to free throw shooting. Managing to shave it down to a three point deficit with just under 20 seconds to play, senior Jane Morrill knocked down a three from the top of the key to force overtime.
“You can’t say enough about Jane Morrill,” head coach Brian Boyer said. “What a gutsy shot and having the confidence to knock that down.”
With the game knotted at 67 heading into the extra period, the Red Wolves and Hilltoppers continued to go back and forth, with neither team really keen on getting a defensive stop. A-State finally got the stop they needed late in the extra frame, then used free throws to put the game away down the stretch.
“Defensively, we struggled. They were really good, they had the upper hand on us for what seemed like the entire night, if not all night and even in the overtime,” Boyer said. “We had some players step up in the second half and make huge shots. Aundrea tried to take over. She did a great job of attacking.”
The defensive plan may not have been up to snuff with Boyer’s expectations but the offense was more than able to make up for the defensive miscues.
“Anytime you go into overtime, it’s just bear down and make some plays, and we did. I think we did a pretty decent job,” Morrill said.
The Lady Red Wolves (14-8, 8-2 SBC) were led once again by sophomore guard Aundrea Gamble, leading the attack with 25 points, seven rebounds, six assists and also added a perfect 11-for-11 night at the free throw stripe. Junior Hanna Qedan added 16 points, including going a solid 5-for-5 at the charity stripe. Morrill chipped in with 13, none bigger than the game-tying triple.12
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