JONESBORO — Sophomore guard Aundrea Gamble scored a game-high 28 points and sophomore Jalen O’Bannon added a season-high 15 points to lead the Arkansas State women’s basketball team to a 90-75 victory over Tennessee Tech Wednesday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves (5-5) never trailed in the game and led by double digits (20-10) with 13:34 to go in the first half. Gamble started the game off by knocking down four straight three-pointers to help A-State jump out in front.
“It was hard to find flaws in our first half performance,” said A-State head coach Brian Boyer. “Defensively we were really good and active and we managed on the boards really well. Offensively we were very good and I thought what they tried to defend us with we did a good job of scoring against it.”
By the time Gamble missed her first three-pointer of game, Arkansas State had built a 30-16 advantage with 10:08 to play in the first half. She had 14 points just six minutes into the game and finished with 22 points in the opening frame on 8-of-10 (80 percent) shooting.
A-State started out strong and held a 52-25 lead at the break. The 52 points were the most in a half for the team this season, while it shot 51.6 (16-31) from the field. The Red Wolves’ ball movement was superb, which allowed O’Bannon to find areas to slip underneath the defense in the paint. She finished with 12 points in the first half, including knocking down her first career three-pointer.
Arkansas State also took advantage of its free throw opportunities in the opening 20 minutes, finishing the half 13-of-14 (92.9 percent) which included a perfect 5-for-5 performance from O’Bannon. For the game, A-State finished 23-for-32 (71.9 percent) from the charity stripe, while Hanna Qedan knocked down 4-of-4 free throw attempts to keep her among the nation’s leaders in free throw percentage.
The Golden Eagles (3-8) outscored A-State 12-6 to start the second half and cut the deficit to 19 (58-39) with 14:53 to play, but the Red Wolves pushed the advantage back to 22 when Gamble converted an and-one play to give A-State the momentum again.
Jane Morrill finished in double figures on the afternoon with 14 points, while Carlisha Wyatt scored all nine of her points in the second half. Jasmine Hunt scored all seven of her points in the second half, while Hanna Qedan had six points on the afternoon.
A-State shot 50 percent (30-60) from the field in the game and dished out a season-high 21 assists. Tennessee Tech committed 20 turnovers on the afternoon which the Red Wolves converted into 26 points.
The Red Wolves will travel to Conway for a matchup with Central Arkansas on Dec. 21. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. and live audio of the game can be heard at AStateRedWolves.com.