Troy women drop second-straight game, falter late against Arkansas State

Published 3:09 am Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Just days after seeing its six-game winning streak snapped, the Troy women have begun another run — just maybe not one it wanted.

Saturday night, the Trojans lost their second-straight game, falling to Arkansas State 82-76 at Trojan Arena.

With just 2:48 to go in the game, the Trojans (11-7, 6-3) and the Red Wolves (13-7, 8-2) were deadlocked, 76-76.

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But Troy, playing on fumes from a stretch of five games in 10 days, went cold from the field for the remainder of the game while Arkansas State put together a 6-0 run, burying the Trojans.

Ronita Garrett led Troy with 18 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Garrett recorded her 12th double-double of the season Saturday, the best in the Sun Belt.

Three other Trojans finished in double-digit scoring, including Caitlyn Ramirez who scored 11 points in her first career start in place of the injured Brianna Lancaster.

The Red Wolves took advantage of Lancaster’s absence in the paint, scoring 28 second-chance points on the night.

“Us having our starting post player out, Bri Lancaster, I think hurt us,” Troy head coach Chanda Rigby said.  “They really did a good job rebounding.  Normally Bri is the person who stops that and we missed that tonight.”

The Trojans led by as many as seven points in the second half, but a balanced Arkansas State team, one that saw six of its players finish in double-digit scoring, were able to even the lead, and eventually, take the game from Troy.

Hanna Qedan led Arkansas State with a game-high 21 points.

Quedan made all four of Arkansas State’s 3-pointers and went 4-of-10 overall from behind the arc.

Red Wolves’ guard and leading scorer in the Sun Belt Aundrea Gamble struggled in the game, shooting just 6-of-19 from the field, but still finished with 13 points and 11 assists.

Ashley Beverly-Kelley and Lacey Buchanon finished with 10 points each for Troy.

Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the second half, but it was Arkansas State who was able to finish the game off, as Troy went cold over the game’s final two and a half minutes.

Arkansas State is now in sole possession of second place in the Sun Belt, while Troy is now tied with Texas State for third place.