NCAAW: Little Rock dominates Arkansas State, Sali Kourouma shines with a double-double


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The Arkansas State women’s basketball team lost a hard-fought 73-69 decision to Little Rock on Saturday at First National Bank Arena.

The Red Wolves (11-14, 4-8 SBC), playing shorthanded with just seven players available, fought hard and held a 13-point lead over the Trojans (14-8, 7-3), but Little Rock outscored A-State 21-15 in the fourth quarter to escape Jonesboro with the win.

Sali Kourouma led Little Rock’s five double-digit scorers with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Mayra Caicedo added 13 points with five assists. Tia Harvey scored 11 points with seven rebounds, while Dariel Johnson and Raziya Potter had 10 each.

The Trojans scored the first four points of the game, but A-State fought back in a home-and-away opener to lead 20-17 after one. The Red Wolves increased the lead to 11 points midway through second on six straight points from Wilkerson.

Little Rock cut the deficit to seven, but an Upshaw plateau with 51 seconds left in halftime gave the Scarlet and Black a 41-31 halftime lead.

Love 3-pointers and back-to-back buckets from Wallace pushed the Red Wolves to their biggest lead of the day, up 13 with 7:19 left in the third, but the Trojans cut it to a contest score with a 16-2 run. A-State led 54-52 after three quarters.

Upshaw held off the Red Wolves by eight early in the fourth with back-to-back treys before a 7-0 run at Little Rock cut it to one midway through the period. Wilkerson drilled a trey at the 5-minute mark to put A-State up four, but then the Trojans closed the contest on a 12-4 run to escape with the win.

Source: Kait8

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