Lady Red Wolves drop match against Trojan rivals
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 18:02
April may be the cruelest month, but February is proving to be quite the wasteland.
After winning seven straight games in January, the Arkansas State Lady Red Wolves basketball team has lost three of four games this month, the latest, a 54-50 slugfest against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans, coming Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
“Obviously, this is the type of game we expected – a very low scoring game, a very physical game. [I] didn’t think our players handled the physical play very well,” said Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer.
UALR’s Kiera Clark, Taylor Ford and Ka’Nesheia Cobbins proved a formidable trio, shredding ASU’s defense in the second half on route to double digits.
Ford led her squad with 16 points and seven rebounds, Clark scored 14 with eight rebounds and Cobbins dropped 13 and snagged five boards.
Both offenses were flat in the first half. UALR shot just 31.4 percent from the floor but outshot ASU by 12, while the Red Wolves shot 39.1 percent but collected only two offensive boards to the Trojans’ nine.
UALR hit a 9-2 run in the middle minutes to amass a 22-14 lead, but ASU responded with nine points in the last three minutes to narrow the lead and go into the locker room down 25-23.
The shooting improved in the second half, but the defenses faltered. The Red Wolves hit 52.2 percent of their shots and the Trojans shot 48.1 percent, but UALR once again maintained a strong advantage on overall shots, attempting 62 to ASU’s 46.
Arkansas State tied it at 32 eight minutes into the second half, but UALR exploded with a 12-0 run that gave them the cushion needed to rebuff the Red Wolves’ late-game rally.
ASU brought it within five with a layup from freshman guard Jalen O’Bannon with 2:21 remaining, but Cobbins hit a free throw with under a minute left and the Red Wolves were unable to close the gap.
Sophomore guard Hanna Qedan struggled throughout the night and finished without scoring due in part to a rolled ankle.
“I feel like out biggest thing offensively was Hanna,” senior guard Quinishia McDowell said. “We can’t take away what she brings to the team, and she’s battling with an ankle injury. So we really missed her out there.”
ASU has only four games remaining in the regular season with three of them on the road, including their next game, a matchup against Louisiana-Monroe Saturday night.
Tipoff for Saturday’s game is set for 2 p.m.