JONESBORO, Ark. (1/29/22) – Trinity Jackson recorded a monster day for the Arkansas State women’s basketball team with 18 points and 21 rebounds, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Red Wolves lost a 75-69 result to the State of Texas Saturday at First National Bank Arena.
Behind Jackson’s post presence, A-State (10-11, 3-5 SBC) edged the Bobcats (10-11, 5-4) 45-31. His 21 boards are tied for second most by an A-State player in a single game, matching Shyla Tucker’s 21 rebounds against Central Florida (February 13, 1991). The Dallas, Texas native is the first Sun Belt player since 2018 to record 20 or more rebounds with 18 or more points in a game.
Including Jackson, three Red Wolves scored in double digits as freshman Lauryn Pendleton and Jade Upshaw recorded 13 and 12, respectively. The Scarlets and Blacks have had three or more double-digit scorers in every game this season.
A-State shot 35.7 percent (25-70) from the floor but went 13 of 16 from the free throw line for an 81.3 percent clip. Texas State shot 50.9 percent (29-57), while going 9 of 18 (50.0 percent) from deep. The Red Wolves forced 14 takeaways, while coughing up just 11 – just three in the first half.
Ja’Kayla Bowie led the Bobcats with 19 points and 11 boards, while five players scored 10s or more for Texas State. Da’Nasia Hood added 14, while Kennedy Taylor scored 13. Jaeda Reed and Sierra Dickson had 13 and 12 respectively.
The Red Wolves came out hot from the gate, taking a seven-point lead midway through the first quarter on a Washington layup. The Bobcats managed to cut it to one on a Hood Trey before a 3-point Upshaw made it a two-point margin again. Karolina Szydlowska fouled late with a second remaining, hitting his foul shots to give A-State a 29-24 lead after the first quarter.
Texas State then beat the Red Wolves 23-14 in the second quarter, as a 4-point play from Taylor with 1:22 left in the half made a 9-point difference – the Bobcats’ biggest lead. of the day. . A-State recovered to less than two points when Kiayra Ellis knocked down a short jumper and Upshaw brought home another trey.
A-State came back early in the third quarter with a 7-0 run to regain the lead on a 3-point bucket from Pendleton followed by inside scores from Morgane Wallace and Jackson. Texas State then fell seven points on a 3-pointer from Hood. Another Jackson score with 2:39 left was either team’s final score in the period, as Texas State took a 63-57 lead in the fourth quarter.
Jackson helped keep the Red Wolves in play, grabbing eight of his 15 second-half rebounds in the final 10 minutes. After Bowie put the Bobcats in the lead with 5 minutes left, free throws from Jackson and Washington brought it down to one with 1:46 remaining. But that would be all A-State could manufacture, with the Bobcats extending their lead to six in the closing seconds to end the contest.
A-State hits the road for five of its last six contests, going to the bottom half of the boot first to take on the Louisiana Schools of the Sun Belt. The Red Wolves open the road trip Thursday at ULM, with a tip scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on ESPN+. The radio show can be heard on EAB sports network flagship station Red Wolves 95.3/96.9 The Ticket/970 AM.
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