Women’s basketball: Lady Owls drop back-to-back games with 74-56 loss to Arkansas State

Zack Kelberman

Arkansas State laying in an easy basket. The Red Wolves scored 74 points in their win over the Owls. Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Media Relations.
Arkansas State laying in an easy basket. The Red Wolves scored 74 points in their win over the Owls. Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Media Relations.
The Lady Owls came up small on a big stage.

In its first televised game on the Sun Belt Network this season, FAU suffered another blowout loss, as Arkansas State won handily, 74-56. On Wednesday, the Owls lost 77-45 to Arkansas-Little Rock.

The Owls’ second consecutive defeat — and fourth in its last six games — came despite three players reaching double figures.

Forward Chenise Miller had a productive night, scoring 13 points (shy of her 14.4 per game average) and collecting nine rebounds.

Guard Breana Turner had 10 points (on 4-10 shooting) and four rebounds.

Guard Kimberly Smith rounded out the trifecta with 10 points (4-10 from the field), four rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a team-high 39 minutes of play.

However, the rest of FAU’s squad — nine players — did little to support their surrounding cast, combining for just 23 points.

Also, the Owls never seemed to establish a rhythm or lead against the Red Wolves. Other than the opening basket, they were in the catch-up mode the entire night.

FAU kept it relatively close, trailing 34-30 at the half, but Arkansas State pulled away in a dominant final 20 minutes.

The Owls’ loss can be attributed to various mistakes, including a game-high 18 fouls which sent Arkansas State to the free-throw line a total of 34 times. FAU also committed 18 turnovers, letting the Red Wolves add to the scoreboard with second-chance opportunities and 40 second half points.

Overall, FAU shot a lackluster 39 percent from the field (23-59), 14 percent from 3-point range (3-21), and were outrebounded 42-36, factors that had a significant impact in the outcome.

The Owls take on ULM at The Burrow on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.