Women's Hoops Tops Murray to Play in OVC Semi-Finals
March 2, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team topped Murray State (13-15, 9-7 OVC) to move on to the semi-finals of the OVC Tournament. The 76-51 victory gives Southeast a chance to take on the No. 1 seeded Austin Peay Lady Govs Friday at noon in Nashville, Tenn., in the Tournament semi-finals.
After jumping ahead 2-0 on a layup by senior Kenja White to start out the game, Murray gained its only lead of the game on a three-pointer by Megan Fuqua to go up 3-2. The Otahkians would score the next 10 points to take a nine-point advantage and they never looked back.
Southeast gained as much as a 17-point lead before taking a 37-22 advantage into halftime.
The second half was much of the same, as Southeast steadily built its lead to as much as 29 points on two different occasions.
Southeast was strong inside, scoring 44 points in the paint, while shooting 43.5 percent from the field. Senior Kenja White and junior Chandra Brown both scored several points down low as they each finished with 16 points to lead Southeast. Senior Sarah Costello reached double digits in scoring for the second straight game as she put in 14, including two-for-three from long range.
Southeast dominated the boards as well, out rebounding Murray 41-32, including 16 offensive boards. Brown led all players in the game with eight rebounds.
Murray State's Stacy Holmes led all players Tuesday night, putting in 17 points, including a perfect six-for-six from the free throw stripe. She also led the Lady Racers with seven boards.
Southeast will next play Austin Peay Friday at noon in Nashville, Tenn., at Municipal Auditorium. The No. 1 seeded Lady Govs beat Morehead State 73-61 Tuesday night to move on to the semi-finals against Southeast. If Southeast beats APSU, they would play either Tennessee Tech or Eastern Kentucky on Saturday at 2 p.m.