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Southeast Claims 49-39 Win Over Tennessee Tech

Jan. 19, 2008

Box Score

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Senior center Missy Whitney (Charleston, Mo./Three Rivers CC) recorded a game-high 18 points and a career-high seven steals in guiding Southeast Missouri State women's basketball posted a 49-39 victory at Tennessee Tech Saturday afternoon at TTU's Eblen Center. The Redhawks hiked their season record to 12-6 and 7-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while the Golden Eagles fell to 3-16 overall and 2-7 in the OVC.

The visitors opened the game with a 5-2 lead with junior guard Tarina Nixon (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland) scoring all of the points in just a minute and a half. Tech scored four quick points on layups from seniors Marissa Henley and Kristina Tyler to claim a 6-5 advantage at the 14:05 mark. Southeast responded with a 10-3 scoring drive over a nine-plus minute span with junior guard Sonya Daugherty (St. Louis, Mo./Hancock) tallying five points during the run to post a 15-9 lead at the 4:28 mark in the half. After the Golden Eagles notched a 9-3 run of their own in three minutes to even the game at 18-apiece at the 2:06 mark on a three-pointer from junior Meagan Lyons, Southeast reclaimed the lead at 19-18 on a free throw by junior forward Crysta Glenn (San Diego, Calif./Cowley County CC) with 1:34 remaining in the stanza. Layups by freshman forward Lauren Sharpe (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) and Glenn in the final 12 seconds sent the visitors into the locker room with a 23-18 halftime lead.

Whitney put Southeast ahead by eight (26-18) just two seconds into the second half with a three-pointer, but a three-point play by junior Blair Bowens ignited an 11-2 run that lasted nearly six minutes that gave Tech a 29-28 lead on a Hensley trey at the 11:50 mark. Both teams battled back and forth for the next seven minutes until Whitney connected on a pair of threes which helped the Redhawks score 10 of the next 17 points en route to a slim 42-39 lead with 1:02 left in the game. Southeast then connected on 7-of-9 from the free throw line in the final 1:02 to seal the win.

Nixon finished with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals for Southeast, while Glenn contributed seven points and four offensive boards. Daugherty added eight caroms and four steals, senior guard Ashley Lovelady (Elkhart, Ind./Moberly Area CC) posted seven rebounds.

Henley led Tech with 16 points of 6-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-5 from downtown, while Bowens added six points and a pair of assists. Senior Cara Reed equaled a game high with eight rebounds and scored five points.

The Redhawks return to the Show Me Center on Thursday, Jan. 24 with an OVC contest against Morehead State with a start time of 5 p.m.


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