JONESBORO, Ark. (A-State) – Senior forward Lauren Bradshaw collected her fifth career double-double and scored a career-high 24 points to help lead the Arkansas State women's basketball team to a 76-62 win over Louisiana-Monroe in its Sun Belt Conference opener Friday night at First National Bank Arena.
The Red Wolves improved to 5-1 at home this season while running their overall record to 6-6. They claimed their 11th consecutive win over ULM, which fell to 3-10 overall and 0-1 in league play.
Bradshaw joined two other A-State players scoring in double figures, including junior guard Akasha Westbrookwith 17 points and sophomore forward Tahlon Hopkins with a season-high 10. Bradshaw was also responsible for a game-high 11 rebounds, giving her five career double-doubles and helping A-State to a 45-32 advantage on the boards.
A-State, which matched its second highest scoring output of the season, shot 38.9 percent from the field. Although ULM was able to post a higher field goal percentage at .453, the Warhawks took 19 fewer shots and committed 23 turnovers to A-State's 15. The Red Wolves also made 16-of-21 free throws, while Louisiana-Monroe was just 7-of-14 at the charity stripe.
How It Happened (First Half):
While A-State raced out to 15-4 advantage six minutes into the game, ULM closed the first quarter on 9-0 run to pull within two points at 15-13. The Warhawks were able to take their first lead of the game at 18-16 early in the second quarter and still led 26-25 with three minutes before the break, but the Red Wolves went on an 8-1 run to take a 33-27 halftime advantage.
How It Happend (Second Half):
Hopkins scored all of her 10 points in the third quarter, fueling a 10-minute stretch by the Red Wolves that saw them outscore ULM 24-17 to take a 57-44 lead into the fourth. A-State's lead swelled to as much as 18 points (53-35) with 3:15 left in the third quarter. The Warhawks were unable to get closer than 11 points in the fourth.