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Senior Missy Whitney tallied a game-high 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting in Southeast's 67-45 season-opening win over Tulsa. (Pat Young)
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Women's Basketball Defeats Tulsa in Season Opener, 67-45

Nov. 10, 2007

Box Score

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Senior center Missy Whitney (Charleston, Mo./Three Rivers CC) tallied a game-high 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field in leading Southeast Missouri State women's basketball (1-0) to a 67-45 win over visiting Tulsa (0-1) Saturday night at the Show Me Center in the season opener for both teams.

The visitors jumped out to an early 10-8 lead on a three-pointer from freshman ReShawndra Jackson at the 16:22 mark of the first half. Southeast then regrouped and posted a 16-3 scoring drive during an eight-plus minute stretch behind six points from Whitney to gain a 26-11 advantage with 7:56 left in the half. Three consecutive steals and layups by the Redhawks in a 40-second span near the end of the stanza later increased their leading margin at 36-17 in which they took into halftime.

Southeast continued where it left off in the start of the second half after Whitney drained two straight shots, including a three-pointer, to give the home team a 45-24 lead with 15:43 left in regulation. A layup from senior guard Ashley Lovelady (Elkhart, Ind./Moberly Area CC) gave the Redhawks their biggest lead of the game at 55-31 at the 10:25 mark as the Golden Hurricane could get no closer than 17 points for the rest of the contest.

In addition to Whitney, junior guard Sonya Daugherty (St. Louis, Mo./Hancock) produced 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals for Southeast. Lovelady contributed eight points, three assists and three steals, while junior guard Tarina Nixon (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland) also tallied eight points and was 2-of-2 from three-point range. Junior forward Rachel Blunt (Dexter, Mo./Dexter) recorded seven rebounds and two assists for the Redhawks

Freshman Tatum Beer paced Tulsa in her first-ever collegiate game with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and sophomore Teka Brooks produced a game-high 10 rebounds. Jackson finished with seven points for the Golden Hurricane, while junior Chanel Johnson added six defensive rebounds and three blocks with five points.

The Redhawks are back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 13 with a non-conference contest against NCAA Division II Henderson State with the tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.


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