The Arkansas State Women’s basketball team started their season Thursday, November 2, 2017, at First National Bank Arena. They defeated Arkansas at Monticello in their exhibition game 83-52. Under Head Coach Brian Boyer, the team looks to be off to a good start for the season.
Last season the team had a few challenges with a few new players to the team made it difficult for them to find their rhythm after Tayton Hopkins and Akasha Westbrook missed many games in the 2016-2017 season. They ended the season 7-25 overall and 4-14 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Two returning players are Starr Taylor and Akasha Westbrook.
Starr Taylor had 22 starts last season for A-State and had an average of 6.3 points and 2.2 assists as a freshman. She attended Jonesboro High School in Arkansas where she led her team to their first state championship and was named the state championship Most Valuable Player award. Starr also ran track for Jonesboro High School and graduated with a 4.18 GPA.
Akasha Westbrook is a junior from Malvern, Arkansas majoring in exercise science. As a junior, she scored a career-high of 20 points at Iowa State and started in eight games at the beginning of the season before injuring her foot against South Florida. In high school, Akasha led her team to back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014 and earned the Most Valuable Player award in 2013. She was also 2014 finalists for the KATV McDonald’s Full Court Player of the Year award.