DENTON, Texas (1/10/09) The Arkansas State Red Wolves women’s basketball team used a 16-6 run late in the game to take a 73-63 victory against North Texas on Saturday night at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green lost its sixth straight game, falling to 5-11 and 1-4 in the Sun Belt. The Red Wolves improved to 8-8 and 2-3 in the conference and increased their lead in the series to 14-7.
There were seven lead changes and 12 ties in the game. Neither team led by more than five points until late in the game. ASU held a 53-52 lead at 7:39 in the second half before taking off on a 16-6 run. Caroline Starr capped the Red Wolves run with a three-pointer to go ahead by double digits for the first time, 69-58, with 2:27 left in the game. The Mean Green scored only 10 points in the last seven minutes of the game.
Yari Escalera set a career high with 19 points in the game. She went 7-for-14 from the field and 3-for-7 from three-point range. Amber Jackson led North Texas with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. The Mean Green shot 40.7 percent from the field in the game, compared to ASU’s 43.1.
After going into half tied at 30-30, ASU outscored the Mean Green, 43-33 in the second period. Ebonie Jefferson came off the bench for the Red Wolves to lead the team with 21 points. ASU’s bench outscored the Mean Green’s, 29 to 7. The Red Wolves held the edge in rebounds in the game, 51 to 33.
North Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 14 against Denver at the Super Pit at 7 pm.