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Women’s basketball extends winning streak to four

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 17:01

women's bball vs. ULM

Staci Vandagriff, Staff Photographer

The Lady Red Wolves went up against ULM Sunday afternoon and won their first game of the season with a score of 71-58.

The ASU women’s basketball team extends their winning streak pushing it to four games with a 71-58 win over ULM.  Saturday’s win marks the first time the Lady Red Wolves have reached .500 this season with an overall record of 9-9 and a 6-3 SBC record, tied with North Texas for first place in the west division.

“Its easier to be on top than fight your way back up,” sophomore guard Hanna Qedan said.

 Leading the way for the Red Wolves in scoring was Qedan who finished with 17 points along with junior forward Jane Morrill who scored 14.  
The team shot just under 60 percent from the court and scored a season high 46 points in the first half.

“It helps build everybody’s confidence.  Once I was able to hit those, everybody gets excited and gets them confident enough to make their shots too.” Qedan said.  
Despite the Red Wolves 46-22 lead heading into half time, the second half told a different story with ULM out- scoring ASU 36-25 but failing to complete the comeback.

“It’s part of athletics, being able to maintain that intensity.  Our first half has probably been the best first half we’ve played all year, which was really good.  We dropped off in the second half and part of that had to do with our opponents, they played much better,” said head coach Brian Boyer
The Red Wolves also continued their stellar 3-point defense Saturday against ULM, holding them to only 3-for-15 (20 percent) shooting from behind the arc.  
“We just want to keep rolling and keep motivating ourselves to do better,” Morrill said.

The team looks to continue their high level of play when they travel to Troy to take on the Lady Trojans today.

“We like the position were in.  We just have to keep winning one game at a time.” said Boyer.

After starting the season off slow and falling to a 2-7 record, the Red Wolves have since won seven of their last nine games and hold a tie for first place in the west division.

“It’s a really good position to have because its intimidating to other people when they play us, it gives us motivation,” Qedan said.  
 Coach Boyer talked about the challenges his team faces moving forward into the game at Troy and returning home for a potential match up between two first–place teams with FAU.

“Both of them together, the pace of the game is a big deal.  They both are very fast paced, very high scoring teams.  So its mainly working on transition defense.  Making sure we get our defense established,” Boyer said.   
Boyer also alluded to the key for both up-coming match ups is taking advantage of their strength in the low post.  
“Our strength all year has been the inside game.  We have an advantage in that position in both of these games.  As a team, that’s got to continue to be a focal point,” Boyer said.  
Tip off is set for 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Troy, Ala.


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