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Women's Basketball Falls to Tennessee State, 58-35 on the Road

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Feb. 24, 2011

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By Patrick Clark
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team needed a win on Thursday evening to clinch a berth into the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Host Tennessee State wasn't going to let it happen at their expense, defeating the Redhawks 58-35 at the Gentry Center.

The win clinched a berth for the Tigers (9-19, 5-12 OVC) instead and the hopes of the Redhawks (8-20, 4-13 OVC) to returning to the tournament dwindle.

The Redhawks came out of the gates slowly as the Tigers jumped ahead 10-0 in the opening minutes.

Junior Amber Holmes (Cornerstone Christian/San Antonio, Texas) got the Redhawks on the scoreboard with an eight-foot jumper 4:23 into the game.

After a Brittany Harriel (Lakota West/Cincinnati, Ohio) jumper at the 12:38 mark cut the lead to seven, 12-5, the Tigers responded with a 6-0 run to make it 18-5 with 10:44 on the clock.

The Redhawks responded with an 8-0 run to cut the Tigers lead to five, 18-13 with 7:38. Unfortunately that would be the closest the Redhawks would get the remainder of the game.

Another 10-0 run near the end of the half put the Tigers up by 15 as the Redhawks went scoreless from the field in the final 7:38 of the half.

After Katie Norman (Freeport/Freeport, Ill.) made two free throws to make it 33-20, Denisha Mumford drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 16-point game at the half.

Eleven of the Redhawks 20 first half points came from the free throw line as they were held to 18-percent shooting from the field.

The Tigers shot 42-percent with six of their eleven made field goals coming from three-point range.

The Redhawks made a run at the beginning of the second half as they cut the lead to nine points thanks to a 9-2 run that featured two triples by Erika Lane (West High School/Knoxville, Tenn.) and one by Harriel.

The Redhawks defense held the Tigers scoreless for over seven minutes during that runbut soon answered with a 7-0 run to put the lead back into double digits.

Harriel went on a 5-0 run of her own, scoring a lay-up and capping her run with a three-pointer at the 4:43 mark to make it an 11-point game, 45-34.

A Courtney Shiffer (Highland C.C./Freeport, Ill.) free throw with 3:45 would be the last point the Redhawks would score as the Tigers ended the game with 11-0 run.

The Redhawks shot just 19-percent from the field for the game while the Tigers finished at 40-percent.

The Tigers won the rebounding battle, 40-34 and dominated the paint by out-scoring the Redhawks 14-2 in the post and blocked ten shots.

Both teams combined for 53 turnovers with the Redhawks committing 27 of those.

Harriel led the Redhawks with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Lane added seven points off the bench and tied Norman with a team-high three steals.

Shiffer recorded two blocked shots to move into a tie for eighth place on the school's single season charts.

The Tigers had three players in double figures led by Destiney Gaston's game-high 14 points.

The Redhawks conclude the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 26 in Clarksville, Tenn. against the Lady Govs.

 
 

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