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Arkansas State women’s basketball falls at Utah State

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 10:16 PM CST
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A game-winning 3-point basket by Kaylin Randhawa with 10 seconds to play pushed Utah State past the Arkansas State women’s basketball team Wednesday night, outlasting the Red Wolves 66-65 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Four players scored in double figures for the Red Wolves (4-6), led by a career-tying 17 from Jade Upshaw, who grabbed a career-best 7 rebounds. Morgan Wallace notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while also moving up to ninth in program history in career rebounds (646). She passed Michelle Horton (645, 1982-85) and Lindsay Schlup (638, 2007-10) with her effort.

Lauryn Pendleton tallied 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes, while Mailyn Wilkerson added 11 points and 4 assists. A-State shot 39.7 percent (25-63) from the field and 32.0 percent from 3-point range (8-25).

Adryana Quezada led the Aggies (5-3) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Randhawa added 15 points. Shyla Latone tallied 11 points in the first half, and Olivia Wikstrom scored 10 points. Utah State edged out the Red Wolves in the rebounding column, 43-42, while forcing 21 turnovers in the contest.

Utah State opened strong, keeping the Red Wolves off the board for the final five minutes of the opening quarter to lead 16-6 after one. Then, Upshaw heated up from long range to pull A-State back into it. She connected on three consecutive treys to put the Scarlet and Black ahead 28-25.

After the Aggies reclaimed a 31-29 lead, Upshaw and Brantley collided for a loose ball and Brantley receiving a technical foul. In the process, Utah State’s bench players were ejected for rushing the floor. When play resumed, USU took a 33-31 lead in the waning seconds, but Mya Love knocked down a midrange jumper to end the half tied at 33-all.

Utah State opened with a free throw make to lead by one early in the third, but that was before a 15-1 run put the Red Wolves back in the driver’s seat, leading 48-35. The Aggies continued to push back, but a Wallace layup ended the quarter to give A-State a 57-47 lead into the fourth.

The Aggies did not go away, heating up offensively with a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 57-56. Field goals by Kiayra Ellis and Wallace once again made it a two-score contest, but USU found hope at the free-throw line, when Randhawa knocked down a trio of foul shots to make it 63-61 with under a minute to play. Randhawa then hit a midrange jumper to tie it at 63 before A-State pushed back ahead by two on free throws by Wilkerson and Pendleton.

Following a missed free throw, Randhawa beat a winding-down shot clock with 10 seconds left in game time, drilling a deep trey, which would be the game-winner. The Red Wolves scampered down the court with a chance to hit a buzzer-beater, but Pendleton’s short jumper was no good, giving the Aggies the home win.

NEXT UP

A-State returns home Tuesday night, hosting Mississippi Valley State inside First National Bank Arena with tip-off set for 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+, while the radio broadcast of all A-State women’s basketball games can be heard on 95.3/96.9 The Ticket.

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