JONESBORO, Ark. (11/1/2011) — Sophomore forward Jane Morrill led four players in double figures as the Arkansas State women's basketball team opened its exhibition season with a 78-73 victory over Maryville Tuesday night at the ASU Convocation Center.
Morrill knocked down 8-of-13 shots from the field, was 1-of-1 from beyond the three-point stripe, sank all three of her free throw attempts and led the Red Wolves on the boards with nine rebounds. Junior guards Quinishia McDowell and Ashley Olvera added 14 points each, and junior guardMeghan Lewis finished with 12 points.
Arkansas State trailed 71-69 until Morrill scored in the paint and drew a foul with 2:36 remaining. She completed the three-point play to give the Red Wolves a 72-71 lead and spark a 9-0 run to put the game away. Following Morrill's free throw, the Red Wolves held Maryville scoreless until forward Abby Duethman's jumper at the buzzer set the final score at 78-73.
"It was certainly good to get this one under our belt and get this first win out of the way," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "As with any exhibition game, there were quite a few positives and some negatives. I think the real positive is 78 points and a pretty decent field goal percentage from a team that last year might need three games to get to 78 points. A lot of the points came off of individual plays, but it's a good sign that you have players that can do that."
"The negatives were defensively," added Boyer. "You can't give up 73 points, but there were some good stretches."
Arkansas State trailed by as many as 10 in the early going before rallying to take a 41-37 lead at the break behind 10 first-half points each from McDowell and Olvera.
For the game, Arkansas State shot 41.0 percent from the field while holding the Saints to 38.0 percent. The Red Wolves hit 13-of-19 (.684) from the free throw line and hit seven three-pointers on the night.
Junior guard Andi Watson added seven points to the ASU totals, sophomore guard Lunden Roberts finished with six points, sophomore forward Mekena Randle added four points and freshman guard Olivia Maddox completed the ASU totals with a single point. Duethman and Shelby Miller led the Saints with 16 points each.
Arkansas State will host Christian Brothers Nov. 7 to wrap up the exhibition season before opening the regularseason on the road at Charlotte Nov. 13. The home opener is scheduled for Nov. 20 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.