Redhawks Fly Pass Skyhawks, 79-56
Feb. 3, 2005
MARTIN, Tenn. - (Thursday, February 03, 2005) In a match-up of schools with hawks as mascots it was the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks that flew high and the Skyhawks of Tennessee-Martin that had their wings clipped and remained grounded. The Redhawks agin used their formula of balanced offense and pressure defense to defeat the Skyhawks, 79-56 on the road.
The Redhawks (14-6, 8-1) extended their current winning streak to a conference best seven games. I the process they also snapped a streak as Redhawks Head Coach B.J. Smith picked up his first victory against the Skyhawks (6-14, 5-4 OVC) on the road. Smith had previously been 0-2 in games played in Martin, Tennessee.
Senior Brandi Russia (Cincinnati, OH/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) continued her hot shooting by hitting nailing a three at the onset for a quick 3-0 lead.
The Skyhawks grabbed their first and only lead of the game, 8-7 at 15:52 on a Chandra Carey three-pointer.
The Redhawks then went on one of their patented runs, this one a 26-5 run to pull ahead 33-13. They went into the lockerooms with a 44-21 lead.
Southeast dominated in the first half shooting 69-percent from the field and 62-percent from behind the arc. The damage was also done inside as well as they outscored the Skyhawks 20-8 in points in the paint.
The Skyhawks were held to only seven field goals and 28-percent shooting from the field.
In the second half the Redhawks grabbed their largest lead of the game, 32 point, 59-27 on a trey by Katrisha Dunn (Dallas, TX/Eastern Oklahoma State College).
The Skyhawks managed to cut the lead to 19-points, but it was to little-to-late as Southeast cruised to the 23-point victory and gave the Skyhawks their second-straight loss.
Russia led the team with 16 points on 5-8 shooting, including 2-5 from downtown. Over her last four games she is averaging 13.5 ppg and shooting 57-percent from the field, including 58-percent (10-17) from three-point range. She also pulled down a career-high seven rebounds.
Chandra Brown (Louisville, KY/Southeastern Illinois CC) recorded her fourth double-double of the season and the seventh of her career with a 10 point/13 rebound performance. Seven of her rebounds were on the offensive end. She also dished out a game-high three assists and blocked three shots.
Brown is now only four blocks away from Jamie Koester for seventh on the school's all-time career blocks list.
Simone Jackson (Kingston, Jamaica/Southeastern Illinois CC) scored 12 points on a near perfect 6-7 shooting.
Natalie Purcell (Auckland, New Zealand/Hutchinson CC) like Russia, kept her hot shooting hand on fire making 4-6 of her shots, including 3-5 from three-point range for 11 points.
Tatiana Conceicao (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Western Nebraska CC) scored 10 points for her 19th double-digit scoring game of the season. Conceicao only attempted three shots, making two of them. The OVC's leader in steals also swiped three passes.
The Redhawks shot 52-percent from the field in the game, the fourth-straight game they have shot over 48-percent from the field.
They held the Skyhawks to 34-percent shooting, the sixth-straight game they have held their opponents to 36-percent shooting or less.
Southeast won the battle for the boards, out-rebounding the Skyhawks, 40-29.
The Skyhawks were led by Tiffany Arnold's game-high 22 points, 19 of which came in the second half.
Southeast held Andreika Jackson to 15 points and nine rebounds as they used a combination of four different players to defend her.
The win by Southeast gives them at least one victory over the OVC schools located in Tennessee as they have a record of 5-1 against teams from the Volunteer State.
The win by Southeast leaves Coach Smith one victory shy of 50 wins as head coach of the Redhawks.
He will attempt to reach that milestone on Saturday when Southeast continues their road trip to Murray, Kentucky to face OVC rival Murray State at 5:15 P.M.