Disappointment in Cookeville
Jan. 22, 2004
Cookeville, Tenn. - Southeast (8-8, 3-2 OVC) play a hard fought battle, but fell behind by eight points with 4:39 left on the clock and couldn't close the gap. Tennessee Tech (7-8, 3-2 OVC) played tough defensive down the stretch to hold off an Otahkian comeback and record the victory 65-57.
Tech jumped out to the early 2-0 lead, but on the next possession the Otahks ran the floor for the easy lay-up on the Costello to Souza combination. The Lady Eaglettes then took a 6-2 lead, but the Otahkians used an eight point run and pressure defense to take their first lead, 10-6.
Southeast then used the next twelve minutes to pull away slowly as they built as much as a seven point lead, 23-16 at 8:18. But with just two minutes left in the half, TTU re-grabbed the lead with seven unanswered points and continued to mount their lead to 27-23, adding three more points to their run. Jessica Aebi ended the Otahks eight-minute dry spout at the buzzer to sent the squad to the lockers down 27-25.
Over the first twenty minutes, the teams battled for the lead as they tied the score up three times and the lead changed six times. With just a two-point game, the shooting was just as close as Southeast shot 45.8 percent from the field and TTU shot 43.5 percent. Free throw shooting plagued Southeast early, as they shot just 25 percent (2-of-8).
The Otahkians got an early bucket in the paint by Chandra Brown to tie the score at 27 all. That sparked the same back-and-forth battle played in the first half, as the teams added four more lead changes and four more ties. Southeast was able to pull away with a four-point lead as Sami Jo Cotton netted her first points of the night off a three-point shot.
Tech pulled back into the game and with just over six minutes to play regained the lead 51-49 and used an eight-point run to gain a commanding 57-49 lead. Southeast couldn't recover from that deficit as they shot poorly down the stretch, falling 65-57.
Freshman Jessica Aebi stepped up to lead the Otahk attack, netting the game-high and a career-best 18 points. Chipping in another 12 points was Brown. While Carina Souza led the way on the glass with the game-high ten boards and Sarah Costello dished out six assists.
On the TTU side, Bradford and Christian dominated in the paint, as Bradford scored 17 and Christian banked in 14 points in just 16minutes of play, after early foul trouble.
The Otahkians closed out the night shooting 42.9 percent from the floor, but Tech's second half shooting allowed them to enjoy 51.1 percent shooting overall. Southeast was able to capture their largest rebound margin on the season, out rebounding the Lady Eaglettes by ten, to score 12 second chance points to Tech's zero. Southeast's outside defense shut down TTU from long range as they were 0-for-6. This marks the third time this season the Otahkians have shut down their opponent from three-point land.
Southeast now travels to take on Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tenn. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. The Otahks will be looking for revenge as the Lady Govs upset the squad 64-54 in their earlier match-up.