A-State Women’s Baskteball SEASON OUTLOOK Armed with a solid core of returning talent and a strong group of newcomwers, the 2012-13 version of the Arkansas State women’s basketball team hopes to build upon it success from the 2011-12 season. A-State posted wins over PAC-12 member USC, and Women’s NIT Final Four participant Toledo. Included in The Red Wolves 12 wins last season was head coach Brian Boyer’s 200th career win. The victory came in an 84-71 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Boyer is the only basketball coach men’s or women’s - to reach 200 career victories and is the all-time winningest coach in ASU history. The Red Wolves return four starters from last season’s 12-18 squad , and finished 6-10 in the Sun Belt. A-State’s postseason aspirations ended when South Alabama knocked it out of the first round of the SBC Tournament. Despite the dissappointing end to the season, a number of ASU players enjoyed very successful seasons. Jane Morrill earned second-team allconference honors after averaging 16.3 points and 5.6 rebounds during the regular season. She is ASU’s top returning scorer and rebounder and finished the year as the Sun Belt Conference’s top free-throw shooter, hitting on 87.6 percent of her teamhigh 113 attempts. She scored in double figures in 27 of ASU’s 29 games last season, posted two 30-point games and eight 20-point games. Morrill led the Red Wolves in scoring 17 times and in field goal percentage 13 times. Also returning to the starting lineup
this season are seniors Andi Watson, Quinishia McDowell and Ashley Olvera. Combined with Morrill, ASU figures to have one of the most experienced and well-rounded starting lineups in the Sun Belt Conference this season. Also returning for ASU this season are sophomores Jasmine Hunt and Hanna Qedan. Hunt saw action in all 30 games last season and provided a solid presence inside for the Red Wolves. Qedan missed the first part of the season due to injury, but came on strong in ASU’s final 19 games. She played nearly 10 minutes a game and was one of the squad’s most consistent free throw and field goal percentage shooters.
RETURNERS Morrill is ASU’s top returning scorer after leading the team in points per game, rebounds per game and field goal percentage. Morrill was a Sun Belt Conference Second-Team Selection after finishing second in the SBC in scoring and 19th in rebounding. She finished seventh in the conference in field goal percentage at .476 and 14th in offensive rebounding at 2.3 boards per game. She notched her first career double-double in ASU’s game against Denver and was named to the All-Tournament team at the Arizona State Classic. She was also named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week in the first week of the season. Olvera helped guide the A-State offense as the team’s primary point guard last season, while also provinding a threat from
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Hanna Qedan (G, 5-11, So., Farmington, Ark.) JJane Morrill (F, 6-1, Jr., Scott City, Mo.) Ashley Olvera (G, 5-8, Sr., McKinney, Texas) Quinishia McDowell (G, 5-8, Sr., Monroe, La.) Jasmine Hunt (F, 6-2, So., Houston, Texas) Andi Watson (G, 5-8, Sr., Jonesboro, Ark.)
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Published on Oct 25, 2017