A-State dominates in exhibition

JONESBORO – The Arkansas-Monticello women’s basketball team began the 2013-14 season with a 79-48 exhibition loss to Arkansas State on Monday at the ASU Convocation Center.

The Blossoms jumped out to an early lead and led for the first 10 minutes of the first half, including a 16-14 advantage on a three-pointer from sophomore Nikki Mullen at the 10:31 mark, before the Red Wolves posted a run for the final lead change of the contest.

ASU led 35-23 at halftime and stretched that lead to 20 points with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second half. The Red Wolves held UAM at 33 points for nearly a 6-minute stretch in the second half, which ultimately led to a 39-point lead with 3:18 remaining.

Sophomore Tamia Grady led the Blossoms with 15 points on a 5-for-13 shooting performance. Grady also nailed a pair of three-pointers and was 3-for-4 at the free-throw line. Sophomore Jordan Goforth also reached double-digits with 11 points. Mullen finished with nine points.

As a team, UAM shot 34 percent from the field (14-for-41), 50 percent on three-pointers (4-for-8) and 67 percent on foul shots (16-for-24). ASU finished 42 percent from the field (30-for-71), 35 percent on three-pointers (7-for-20) and 63 percent on foul shots (12-for-19).

Hanna Qedan led the Red Wolves with 14 points. Jane Morrill and Aundrea Gamble each added 12 points.