A-State routs Hendrix in home opener, 95-50

JONESBORO, Ark. (11/16/22) – Dominance in the post set the tone early for the Arkansas State women’s basketball team, which scored 60 points in the paint in a 95-50 win over Hendrix in the opener at the team’s home Wednesday night at the First National Bank Arena.

Two players recorded double-doubles for A-State (1-2), with Anna Griffon scoring 10 points with 13 rebounds, while Keya Patton scored a career-high 10 points and caught 10 boards, his long-awaited return to the floor after a season-ending injury last season. In 18 minutes, the guard filled the stat sheet, dishing out six assists to go along with five interceptions and a blocked shot.

Izzy Higginbottom led all players with a career-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with six pennies and five steals. Melody Kapinga narrowly missed a double-double, totaling a career-high 17 points with nine boards. Mailyn Wilkerson also scored 17 points, knocking down four 3-pointers for the second straight contest.

Madi Pierce led the Warriors with 11 points and seven rebounds. A-State forced Hendrix to 23 turnovers, including 19 steals, while winning the rebound battle 61-35.

A-State started fast, scoring the first six points of the game and leading by double digits at 5:28 in the first quarter after a Kapinga score. Hendrix cut the deficit to eight but that would be the closest he would get the rest of the night, with the Red Wolves holding a 28-16 lead after the opening 10 minutes.

After a free throw from Pierce brought it down to 11, Arkansas State took the lead with a 15-0 run to open a 45-19 lead with 4:23 left in the mid -time. Higginbottom knocked down a board with 2:11 remaining, then Kiayra Ellis scored four of his career-high eight points in the final minute of the first half to give the hosts a 52-26 lead at the break.

The Red Wolves continued to rack up the points in the third quarter, continuing a 19-3 streak to extend their lead to 40. A-State shot 50% in the period and led 80-40 in the final 10 minutes.

A-State continued to stay strong defensively in the fourth quarter, keeping Hendrix just 3 of 13 from the floor, while Linay Bodden recorded his first career points in just under nine minutes of action. The team’s only true rookie scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in his A-State debut.

NOTABLES

  • Arkansas State grabbed 61 rebounds — the most since a total of 61 against Hendrix on Dec. 19, 2021.
  • Five players scored in double figures for the Red Wolves for the first time since Jan. 27, 2022, against UT Arlington.
  • Two A-State players finished with a double-double for the first time since Jan. 20, 2022: Keya Patton and Anna Griffon – both the first of their careers.
  • Six players have recorded career-high point totals: Izzy Higginbottom (19), Mailyn Wilkerson (17), Melody Kapinga (17), Keya Patton (ten), Anna Griffin (10) and Kiayra Ellis.
  • Arkansas State has improved to 27-5 in home openers since the 1991-92 season and has won five of its last six home openers.
  • The Red Wolves have scored 80 or more points for the ninth time in 21 games under the head coach Destiny Rogersimproving to 8-1 as they eclipse the 80-point mark.

NEXT

Arkansas State continues its four-game stand at home Saturday, hosting Utah State. The tip against the Aggies inside First National Bank Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. on ESPN+. The game can also be heard on the radio via EAB Red Wolves Sports Network stations 95.3 and 96.9 The Ticket Radio Network.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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