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Southeast Claims Close 73-72 Win Over Eastern Kentucky

Feb. 11, 2007

Box Score

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Sophomore guard Tarina Nixon (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland) produced 19 points and four assists as Southeast Missouri State women's basketball held off a late rally to post a 73-72 win over visiting Eastern Kentucky in Ohio Valley Conference play at the Show Me Center on Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks improve to 17-7 (12-4) with the win, while the Lady Colonels fall to 9-16 (6-10) with the loss.

Senior center Lachelle Lyles (Chicago, Ill./Shelton State CC) tallied four points as the home team recorded an early 10-4 advantage early in the game. EKU came back to claim its first lead at 13-12 with an 9-0 scoring drive in a three-plus minute stretch with five points coming from senior forward Andrea Jenkins. A 10-2 run, highlighted by four points from Nixon, helped the Redhawks regain the lead at 22-15 at the 8:50 mark. A pair of free throws by Lyles later gave Southeast its biggest lead of the stanza at 31-22 with 5:12 remaining. The Lady Colonels scored 14 of the half's final 26 points to enter the intermission with Southeast ahead by a seven-point margin at 43-36.

After a Nixon layup put Southeast back up nine (45-36) early in the second half, EKU outscored the home team by a 13-4 margin over a seven-minute span to capture a 49-48 lead, capped by consecutive jumpers from junior Crystal Jones at the 12:03 mark. A pair of free throws from sophomore guard Sonya Daugherty (St. Louis, Mo./Hancock) and a Lyles layup later helped the Redhawks reclaim a 52-49 lead a minute later. Both teams would battle back and forth during a five-minute stretch before Jenkins scored four straight points to put the Lady Colonels ahead by a score of 59-56 with 6:06 left in the contest. Southeast then scored 16 of the next 24 points in a span of five-plus minutes for a 72-67 lead after Nixon drained two free throws with 20 second remaining. Junior Ashley Cazee connected on a trey to bring the visitors within two (72-70) with 13 seconds left before Nixon split a pair at the line hike the lead back to 73-70 at the 11-second mark. EKU got a basket from freshman Amber Kirkpatrick with three seconds left and missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer after a steal for the final margin.

Junior forward Missy Whitney (Charleston, Mo./Three Rivers CC) added 18 points and equaled a career best three blocks, while Lyles finished with a double-double of 16 rebounds and a career high-tying 13 points for Southeast. Daugherty added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Crystal Jones led all players with 26 points, seven rebounds and five steals for EKU. Junior guard Niki Avery added 15 points and three assists for the Lady Colonels, while Jenkins posted nine points and five boards.

The Redhawks head to Illinois for a midweek OVC contest at Eastern Illinois on Wednesday, Feb. 14 with a start time of 7:35 p.m.


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