Otahkians Fall in Rough Contest to SMS
Springfield, Mo. (November 26, 2002) - The Southeast Missouri State Otahkian basketball team went on the road tonight for the first time this season but fell to a very talented Southwest Missouri State Lady Bear team, 85-76.
Coming into the game SMS had lost both games this season to tough Tulsa and Missouri teams. The Tulsa game was part of the Pre Season Women's NIT.
In front a crowd of nearly 7,000, Southeast jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. They moved the lead to 7-3, but that would be the biggest lead the Otahks would see the entire night.
SMS kicked things into high gear backed up by sophomore sensation Jenni Lingor. Lingor had ten points in the first ten minutes as the Lady Bears moved out to an eight point lead at 28-20.
Coming out of the half, the Otahkians stormed back to tie the game at 50. Both teams would go back and forth and the game would again be tied at 60. The Lady Bears, however, went on a 10-0 run to take a ten point lead and won the lead to 77-69 with three minutes left.
The Otahks would get as close as 83-76, but could not get any closer and lost to SMS, 85-76.
Southeast was led by a strong night from Chase. The St. Louis native had 26 points and six rebounds. She went 10-12 from the free-throw line and 7-11 from the field. White had 21 points on 7-11 from the field and 4-7 from behind the arc. Junior forward Carina Souza had 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Otahks didn't have any answers for Lingor on the night. She went 11-20 from the field and was 6-9 from the free-throw line and had 13 rebounds. She scored a career-high 30 points on the night. Her previous high was 29 points last season.
Southeast shot only 39.7 percent from the field but forced 32 turnovers and stole the ball 17 times on the night. Coach B.J. Smith said he was pleased with the effort from his team tonight.
"I think we definitely did a better job tonight of executing our offense," he said. "I wasn't very impressed with the defense. I think we tried to do to many things on the court. I was pleased with the intensity and really think had we been totally healthy, we could have hung in there more tonight."
Southeast now will travel on Thanksgiving Day to Green Bay, Wisconsin to compete in the Wisconsin-Green Bay Tournament. The Otahks will take on the host team Friday at 6 p.m. and will take on either the University of Miami or Quinnipiac on Saturday at about 5 p.m.