Arkansas State Vs. Appalachian State Recap
Photo Courtesy: Arkansas State
By: Justin Cook, Publisher RedWolfReport.com
Arkansas State used an impressive performance by Khadija Brown-Haywood to punch their ticket to the semi-finals of the Sun Belt Basketball Tournament with a 67-52 win over Appalachian State. The Red Wolves, notching their 22nd win of the year, won their opening game in the Sun Belt Tournament thanks to Brown-Haywood’s double double and the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year,
Aundrea Gamble and her 19 points.
The Red Wolves were about as steady and consistent during this game as they have been all year. Arkansas State scored 34 points in the first half and 33 points in the second half to come just short of their season average of 71 points per game. Arkansas State led for nearly the entire game, finishing with 37:15 of total lead time. Appalachian State led for only 19 seconds while tying the game for a total of 2:26. Arkansas State led by as much as 18 points during the game in the second half with just under 4 minutes to play and they were able to hold on to win by 15 points.
Both teams scored 28 of their points in the lane, but Arkansas State was able to force 19 turnovers throughout the game that led to 23 points for the Red Wolves. Arkansas State also managed to put 13 points on the board of second chance opportunities, 13 off of fast break chances, and the bench for the Red Wolves chipped in 4 points.
Arkansas State shot for only 37% on the night from the field, 7% from behind the arc, but managed to shoot 77% from the free throw line for 20 points that meant the difference in the game for the Red Wolves. Arkansas State was able to pull down 41 boards on the night, dish out 14 assists (6 from Gamble), block 4 shots (3 from Qedan), and steal the ball 10 times.
The stars of the night, Khadija Brown-Haywood and Aundrea Gamble combined for a total of 37 of the Red Wolves 67 points, 17 of the 41 rebounds, 7 of the 14 assists, 6 of the 10 steals. Brown-Haywood’s double double saw her with 18 points, 13 rebounds, while Gamble had 19 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals.
The Red Wolves were able to minimize the damage from the First Team All-Conference stud from Appalachian State, Maryah Sydnor. Sydnor, who played a hug role in the win against Arkansas State earlier in the year, went for 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, but had 3 turnovers. With a little over 10 minutes remaining in the second half, Sydnor made a pointless offensive foul against Aundrea Gamble while dribbling down the court trying to cause contact and picked up her 4th foul that saw her being sent to the bench. The Red Wolves took advantage and started feeding Hunt and Brown-Haywood down low and Arkansas State never looked back in route to the 67-52 victory that puts them in the semi-finals.
The Red Wolves will take on the winner of the ULL and Troy contest on Friday at 2 o’clock. The game will be shown on ESPN 3. Follow @Redwolfreport and @JC_RWRC for updates and visit redwolfreport.com and redwolfrollcall.com for game stories and updates on upcoming events.