Boyer makes history in women's hoops rout
Published: Monday, February 24, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014 17:02
It was a historic win for Head Coach Brian Boyer when the A-State Lady Red Wolves took down the Lady Bobcats of Texas State 74-55 Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Boyer is currently tied for the Sun Belt conference record for league wins with 135.
“That was a big win for us and a good performance for us,” Boyer said.
The win puts the women’s basketball team at an overall record of 18-9 and a conference record of 12-3, which gives the Red Wolves a 2.5 game advantage over the second place Lady Bobcats, who have a 12-13 overall record and a conference record of 9-5.
The Lady Red Wolves were all business and hit their first three shots which led to a 17-8 run by the 13 minute mark in the game.
Redshirt sophomore guard Aundrea Gamble and senior forward Jane Morrill led the charge in the first half. The duo scored 23 of the team’s 31 first half points.
“My game plan was to focus on defense honestly and my offense would come,” she said.
The Lady Red Wolves played a suffocating defense and forced 13 first half turnovers and held the Lady Bobcats to a dismal 30 percent shooting from the field.
“We applied pressure when they were coming off those ball screens and we got rebounds when we needed it,” Morrill said.
Unlike the first half, the second was a slow start for A-State.
The Lady Bobcats came out of the gate with a 13-2 run which brought the Lady Red Wolves lead down to just three points early in the second half.
The run was short lived, however, due to the second half emergence of redshirt sophomore guard Brittney Gill. The Pine Bluff native finished with 10 points, all of which came in the second half.
Her presence was felt on the defensive end as she picked the opponent’s pocket three times for three steals.
“With her it’s always starts on the defensive end. She was able to get her hand on some balls and get out in transition,” Boyer said.
The team finished with an even 50 percent shooting from the field.
The Lady Red Wolves have a few days off before their next game and during the break Boyer said he hopes the team can use the time wisely and get better.
The team heads to Little Rock to take on their rival at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Trojans have a perfect 6-0 home record, which the Red Wolves hope to spoil Saturday at the Jack Stephenson Center.