Troy (4-10, 0-3) led by as many as nine points early in the second half, but the Red Wolves stayed close in a back-and-forth second half. The Trojans trailed by one, 58-57, with 6:17 to go when a game-deciding cold spell hit.
The Trojans did not score for three minutes, coming up empty on six straight critical possessions as Arkansas State (9-6, 3-0) built an eight-point lead with 3:00 to go. Troy got back within four points, but Aundrea Gamble hit a back-breaking 3-pointer to give ASU a 68-61 lead with 1:35 to go.
Joanna Harden led the Trojans with 13 points, but scored just two in the second half and struggled from the field all night, going 4-of-16. Ronita Garrett, the only other Trojan to score in double figures, nearly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Veteran Jane Morrill was huge for the Red Wolves in the second half, scoring 17 of her 20 points, most of them to keep ASU in the game as Troy made its early second-half run.
The Trojans, after not attempting a 3-pointer in the first half, made their first three in the second half. Two of those buckets sparked an 8-0 run than expanded on a 31-30 halftime lead.
Jalen O’Bannon was dominant on the glass, pulling in 17 rebounds to go along with 10 points for the Red Wolves. Hanna Qedan and Gamble each scored 14 points for Arkansas State to round out four in double figures.
Each side had turnover problems, committing 24 apiece. However, for the Trojans, seven of theirs came in the final six minutes as the Red Wolves took control of the game.
Troy shot 43 percent (26-of-60) from the field, but the turnovers were a big part of a season-low 60 attempts. The Trojans finished 3-of-10 from deep after making their first three attempts. Troy was just 10-of-17 from the free throw line.
Arkansas State shot 41 percent (27-of-66) overall, but a 50 percent (15-of-30) showing in the second-half helped that mark. ASU made 5-of-17 3-pointers and 15-of-19 free throws.
The Trojans return to the court on Saturday when they travel to take on UALR at 4:30 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center.
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