JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State made six of its first seven shots in the first quarter, jumping out to 27-15 lead en route to an 83-56 win over the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball team on Saturday at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves were 17-of-28 (60.7) in the first half for a 41-30 halftime lead. Arkansas State led by as many as 22 points in the third quarter of the battle for first place in the Sun Belt Conference.
Khadi Brown-Haywood scored 22 points and had 18 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots for the Red Wolves (10-3, 4-0). Amanda Lawson added 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Keke Veal paced the Cajuns (10-3, 3-1) with 18 points, moving past Anna Petrakova and Mercedes Johnson for fourth place on the program’s all-time points scored list (1,270).
Simone Fields scored the first nine points for the Cajuns and finished with 15 points.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for Cajuns, who were 2-of-17 from 3-point range. The Red Wolves outshot UL-Lafayette 55.8 percent to 34.3 percent and out rebounded the Cajuns 39-31.
Arkansas State extended its home winning streak to 16.
“We need to be more patient and consistent on the offensive side,” Cajuns coach Garry Brodhead said. “Our defensive wasn’t playing up to par today, it’s a learning experience, and we can take this loss and say, ‘Hey, we have to weather the storm and stop opponents from going on offensive runs.’
“We can play better defense and push the ball more at the offensive point of attack.”
The Cajuns next travel to Statesboro, Georgia, for a 4 p.m. game Thursday at Georgia Southern.