|Updated: 11/29/2011 9:41 pm
||Published: 11/29/2011 9:39 pm
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Arkansas State sophomore forward Jane Morrill made the most of her homecoming by scoring a game-high 19 points, but the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri State knocked down nine three-pointers and edged the Red Wolves 56-52 Tuesday night at the Show Me Center.
Morrill (Scott City, Mo.) who prepped at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau added five rebounds and a pair of steals to her totals.
The Redhawks (1-6) came into the game having hit no more than six three-pointers in any game this season, used a three from guard Allyson Bradshaw with 1:58 remaining to break a 50-50 tie, then held off Arkansas State down the stretch.
The Red Wolves answered with a layup from Morrill to cut the SEMO lead to 53-52, but the Redhawks got a jumper from Brittany Harriel with 27 seconds to play and a free throw from Bianca Beck with 18 seconds to play to set the final at 56-52.
“I think the effort was here,” said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. “We just didn’t play very smart and we just didn’t play very good at times. I thought we played hard and battled late to give ourselves a chance. Any time you are on the road, you want to give yourself a chance late, and we did that. We tied it up with three minutes to go, but on our last six possessions, we turned it over twice and then got really good looks on the other ones, and just missed. They hit the big shot they had to have in the end. We battled, we fought, we gave ourselves a chance at the end, but we just didn’t finish it.”
Arkansas State trailed by just one, 28-27 at the half despite 7-of-9 shooting from three-point range by the Redhawks, who came into the game shooting just .200 from beyond the arc on the season.
The Red Wolves trailed 25-18 with 4:28 remaining before intermission, but closed the half with a 9-3 run to pull within a single point. Morrill led ASU at the break with eight points, while Mekena Randle added five points and seven rebounds.
Morrill was the only player in double figures for Arkansas State, which also got seven points from junior guard Ashley Olvera and five each from junior guard Quinishia McDowell and sophomore guard Lunden Roberts.
SEMO was led by Karly Evans’ 17 points.
The Red Wolves will be back in action Dec. 2 when they open play at the Arizona State Classic with a 1:55 p.m. (CT) tipoff against Illinois State.