Women's Basketball Looking Back and Forward

Coach Brian Boyer's Arkansas State Red Wolves made history. The team captured the school's first conference championship since joining NCAA in the 1980s. A-State lost in the finals of the SBC tournament 61-60 to Western Kentucky. The Red Wolves qualified for the NIT, losing to UTEP 74-64. UTEP reached the semifinals of the tourney.

Record: 22-11 and won the Sun Belt Conference championship.

What went right

"A lot went right," said coach Boyer, who now leads the Sun Belt in career victories. "Obviously we were pretty talented and we were able to stay healthy. It is one of the healthiest years we have had. And we had good chemistry. They were a pretty fun group to be around but that doesn't always mean you will have good chemistry on the floor. If you have it you can be a really good team. This team really jelled together well.

"One game that stood out was at Austin Peay early in the season we were down double-digits in the second half and how we responded. And I think we came together on our trip to Cancun. After we got beat pretty good by North Carolina we came back the next day against Illinois and lost a game I felt we should have won. Then we played Arizona State, a team that was in the top 20, and we played very well. We really competed well. That was a huge indicator right there."

What did not go as well

"We were not very good on our perimeter defense. We didn't really defense as well we needed. Our field goal defense percentage was second to last in the league. We were never really good there, but thankfully we were really good on offense. One thing that helped was we could force turnovers and create some there and we rebounded very well on the defensive end. But we gave up way too high a field goal percentage."

State of the program

The Red Wolves lose senior posts players Jane Morrell, an all-conference performer, and Carlisha and Carlette Wyatt.


The Red Wolves won the Sun Belt Conference academic award.

Looking ahead

"I like our recruiting class, and we will still add one more in a couple of weeks. I think Christyal Holloway and Akasha Westbrook will give us help and improve our athleticism at guard and the big girls (Ogo Obinabo and Aalliyah Warren) will help us early, at least on defense."


"The two players we sign for next year's class are going to be very important,'' said Boyer. "They are going to have to be able to score. They are not going to have to contribute right away but by their sophomore year they will have to help because we will lose a lot of players by then."


G Hannah Qedan, 5-11, RSr.; G Khadija Brown-Haywood, 5-11, Jr; F Jalen O'Bannon, 6-1, Jr.; G Brittany Gill, 5-8, RJr.; G Jamie Ruffins, 5-8, Soph.; G Brittany Fowler, 5-8, Soph.; G Dominique Oliver, 5-6, Soph; Jessica Flanery, 5-10, Jr.; C Jasmine Hunt, 6-2, Sr.; G Aundrea Gamble, 5-9, RJr.; F Amanda Lawson, 5-10, RJr.; F Aundra Pipkins, 6-4, Soph.

G Christyal Holloway, 5-8, LR Parkview; G Akasha Westbrook, 5-8, Malvern; C Ogo Obinabo, 6-1, Plano, Texas; and C Aalliyah Warren, 6-3, Irving (Texas) mcArthur.