Second-half Defense Leads Redhawks to Their 9th-straight Win
Feb. 9, 2006
MOREHEAD, Kent. - (Thursday, February 9, 2006) Since the start of the Redhawks women's basketball team's current winning streak, two phases of the game have been key to the success; defense and second-half runs. Both were put on display as the Redhawks put on a clinic on defensive pressure as they handed Morehead State their seventh-straight loss, 58-43 at the Ellis T. Johnson Arena in Morehead, Kentucky Thursday evening. The win extended the Redhawks current winning streak to nine, which is the second-longest winning streak by the Redhawks since moving up to the Division I ranks.
The Redhawks (15-7, 12-3 OVC) led by only two at the half, 33-31 on a Tatiana Conceicao (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Western Nebraska CC) lay-up at the buzzer. In the second half the Redhawks held the Golden Eagles (10-11, 5-9 OVC) scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half as the Redhawks went on a 9-0 run to grab an 11-point lead, 42-31.
A Megen Gearhart cut the Redhawks lead to six, 42-36 with 15:38 left but that would be all the Golden Eagles could muster as the Redhawks put the clamps down on the Golden Eagles offense as they would make only two field goals the whole second-half as they shot a dismal eight-percent from the field and scored 12 points in the half, the lowest point total the Redhawks have allowed all season in a half.
The last Golden Eagles basket came at the 2:58 mark on a Jessie Plante free throw and the Redhawks scored the last four points of the game for their largest lead of the game and the final margin.
The second half was a far contrast from the first were it seemed the Golden Eagles had upset on their minds as they controlled the flow of the game at one point grabbing an eight point lead, 27-19 on a Gearhart three-pointer with 5:50 in the first half.
The Redhawks responded with a 14-4 run to end the half and giving them the all-important momentum heading into the lockerroom.
The Redhawks held the Golden Eagles to 21-percent shooting, the second-lowest percentage of the season. The Redhawks shot 40-percent.
Conceicao led all scorers with 17 points. She also recorded eight rebounds and dished out five assists to tie a career-high.
Simone Jackson (Kingston, Jamaica/Southeastern Illinois CC) broke out of a recent shooting slump with 13 points on 6-9 shooting. She collected five rebounds (four offensive).
Natalie Purcell (Auckland, New Zealand/Hutchinson CC) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points. She tied Conceicao for the team lead with eight rebounds.
Katrisha Dunn (Dallas, TX/Eastern Oklahoma State College) gave the Golden Eagles guards fits all night as she recorded a game-high four steals.
Gearhart led the Lady Eagles with 15 points as she was the only Lady Eagles player to record double-figures.
The Golden Eagles leading scorer LaKrisha Brown was shutdown offensively thanks to the defensive efforts of Conceicao and Lachelle Lyles (Chicago, IL/Shelton State CC). She recorded no points as she went 0-12 from the field and 0-2 from the charity stripe. She did pull down a game-high 12 rebounds but could do nothing with her second-chance opportunities.
The Redhawks look to tie the program's D-I record for consecutive wins with 10, that last year's team set last season., when they travel to Richmond, Kentucky to face defending OVC Champions Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, February 11 with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Last season the Lady Colonels snapped the Redhawks 10-game winning streak in Richmond.