“I thought we played well; I just wanted to know where my offense went,’’ said coach Brian Boyer said. “We shot 27 percent in the first half and that is just not us. We missed a lot of open looks.”
The Red Wolves shot 27.3 percent in the first half and still led 28-20. They led from the beginning and just lost the lead once (17-16, 8:26) and had one tie (18-18, 6:28). After that tie a 7-0 run built a cushion that led to the Red Wolves’ halftime lead.
In the second half Western Michigan (20-13) got to within a shot four times – twice at 2 points and twice at 3. In the final eight minutes the lead was never smaller than seven.
Aundrea Gamble who led the way with 19 point, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Jasmine Hunt added 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Hanna Qedan scored 10 and had 5 rebounds and 2 steals and Lauren Bradshaw and Khadija Brown-Haywood scored 8 each.
Miracle Woods led Western Michigan with 17 points and 8 rebounds.
UP NEXT: The Red Wolves will play the winner of Thursday’s Middle Tennessee-Ball State game in the second round. Second round games will be played March 21-24.
“I don’t know much about either team,’’ said Boyer. “I just want to play again. Obviously we would love for it to be at home.
“We are attempting to host a second round game. We know the arena is not available Saturday and Sunday.”
Second round games can be played on Monday and Tuesday. A-State was told by the WNIT it will know its status Thursday night.
SOME NUMBERS: The crowd was the best non-doubleheader showing this season. … The 24 victories are the third best in school history. The record is 25 (twice). A-State out-rebounded WMU 43-38. The victory was A-State’s fourth this season over a team that has won at least 20 games. The Red Wolves forced 19 turnovers and had seven steals. A-State is now 3-0 vs. Western Michigan. The Broncos shot 32 percent for the game; 35 percent on 3-pointers. ASU was 2 of 13 on 3s.