Lady Red Wolves take down Monroe
On the strength of double figures from four players, the Arkansas State Lady Red Wolves basketball team downed Louisiana-Monroe 76-61 Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
Sophomore forward Jane Morrill frustrated ULM standout center Larrie Williams on her way to a team-leading 21 points, while Nene Hurst, Ashley Olvera, and Quinishia McDowell all posted double digits for ASU and were a key part of the attack that kept ULM in a half-court offense for most of the night.
ASU (9-14, 3-7) played a complete game, disrupting ULM offensively while pushing the tempo to give themselves opportunities early on to penetrate the Lady Warhawk defense.
"Our team was just working together in all aspects of the game – on defense and offense – and I thought we made shots when we needed to and made stops when we needed to," said Morrill.
The Lady Red Wolves led by 12 points at halftime, and exhibited an aggressiveness at the beginning of the second half that head coach Brian Boyer said had been lacking this season.
"There's no doubt that the players realize, ‘We have really struggled with that this year.' You know, that we've come out and had some flat stretches in the second half," Boyer said. "I thought that was huge for us. It just gave us a lot of confidence."
Arkansas State began the half with an 8-0 run, giving the team a twenty-point lead that allowed them to withstand a barrage from the Lady Warhawks later in the game. ASU never relinquished their first-half advantage.
"Even though they made a push there, by that time we had such a margin that it was just a matter of hanging on," Boyer said.
The victory, just ASU's second in six games, avenges an 83-57 loss to ULM in Monroe on New Year's Eve, which Boyer believes to have motivated the team's second-half performance.
"The biggest motivation is we're tired of losing, regardless of who we were playing tonight," Boyer said. "I think that [earlier game against Monroe] had a lot to do with the energy we came out with in the second half," he said.
ASU will look to build on its performance as they take the next week to rest and prepare for a Feb. 8 showdown with South Alabama in Mobile.
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