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Redhawks Continue to Fly High

Jan. 27, 2005

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Thursday, January 27, 2005) Another home game, another blowout win. That's what Southeast Missouri women's basketball home games have been of late, especially against opponents from the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks used turnovers and points in the paint enroute to a 94-51 victory over Jacksonville State.

The victory extended the Redhawks current winning streak to five games and their home-winning streak to seven games. Their home-winning streak against OVC opponents was extended to 11-games.

Southeast jumped ahead the Gamecocks from the onset, opening a 10-2 lead to start the game. The Gamecocks cut the lead to two, 10-7 with 14:37 in the first half.

That was a close as the Gamecocks would get as Southeast went on an amazing 32-9 run to end the first half with a 42-16 lead.


The Gamecocks were held scoreless for almost ten minutes as Southeast pulled ahead by as much as 30 points. At one point Southeast forced 11-straight Gamecock turnovers.

Southeast forced 17 turnovers in the first half and held the Gamecocks to 25-percent shooting as they made as many field goals as free throws (5).

Southeast only had two turnovers of their own in the first half as they held a 23-4 point advantage in points off turnovers.

In the second half the Gamecocks could only cut the lead to 22 points as Southeast held a comfortable lead the rest of the game, going up by as much as 45 points.

The 94-51 victory was the third time this season Southeast has eclipsed the 90-point plateau.

Brandi Russia (Cincinnati, OH/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) scored 15 points as she went 5-11 from the field (3-5 from three-point). She also pulled down five rebounds and four assists.

Leanne Evans (Port Moody, Canada/Port Moody Secondary) tied Russia for the game-high with her career-best 15 points. Evans was near perfect on the court as she was 6-7 from the field and 3-3 from the charity stripe.

Tatiana Conceicao (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Western Nebraska CC) scored 13 points to give her 17 double-digit scoring games this season. She finished with a team-high six rebounds. The OVC's leader in thefts also collected a game-high five steals.

Natalie Purcell (Auckland, New Zealand/Hutchinson CC) broke out of her scoring slump by scoring 11 points on 4-8 shooting, including 3-6 from three-point range.

Tiffanne Ryan (Oklahoma City, OK/Westmoore) continued her fabulous play off the bench with five points, four assists and four steals.

Southeast held OVC Player of the Year candidate Shanika Freeman to eight points and forcing her to commit six turnovers.

The Gamecocks were led by Rebecca Haynes 15 points and Katja Fuess 12 points.

Southeast shot 56.7-percent in the second-half and 48.4-percent overall.

The Gamecocks were held to 29.8-percent shooting and committed 30 turnovers. For Southeast it is the fifth time this season Southeast had forced over 30 turnovers in a game this season and the eighth-straight game they had forced over 20 turnovers and the 12th time overall.

The Gamecocks made more free throws (19) than field goals in the game (14).

Southeast will host Samford on Saturday in the Show Me Center. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.


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