Women's Hoop Extinguish Flames, 85-82 in Overtime
Nov. 27, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Saturday, November 27, 2004) It wasn't easy but the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team protected their home court and won their own tournament defeating the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames in overtime, 85-82 at the Show Me Center Saturday afternoon. The win extended their home winning streak to 11 games dating back to last season.
The game featured eight lead changes and 12 ties as the Flames (1-3) gave Southeast (3-1, 0-0 OVC) a taste of their own medicine forcing 27 turnovers, 17 of which were steals.
However Southeast did not buckle under the pressure and in a show of their versatility they used three-point shooting and timely free throw shooting to keep the game close and eventually winning.
It showed right at the tip-off as center Tatiana Conceicao (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Western Nebraska CC) showed that she just wasn't a banger under the boards and stepped back and hit a trey to give Southeast a quick 3-0 lead. The Flames quickly eliminated that deficit and pulled ahead by as much as 10 points, 23-13 on a Jacquay Holmes jumper.
The Flames held that lead until the 1:23 left in the first half when Simone Jackson (Kingston, Jamaica/Southeastern Illinois CC) made a lay-up to give Southeast a 38-36 lead.
The Flames regained the lead and held it till the half going into the lockeroom with a 42-40 lead, the first time this season Southeast has trailed at halftime.
Both teams shot 53-percent from the field in the first half. The Flames had most of their point in the paint outscoring Southeast 18-10 in points in the paint. The Flames also held the advantage in point off turnovers scoring 11 off 14 Southeast turnovers.
Southeast countered that with outside shooting, making 5-9 from three-pint range.
Conceicao led Southeast at half with 15 points. She was 4-6 from the field (2-3 from three-point range) and 5-6 from the charity stripe.
The second half seemed to belong to the Flames as they held the lead for most of the second half. They pulled ahead by seven on a Krystal Hugelier foul shots with 2:44 left in the game.
Natalie Purcell (Auckland, New Zealand/Hutchinson CC) made a three to cut it to four. Chandra Brown (Louisville, KY/Southeastern Illinois CC) made two free throws to make it a two-point game with 1:36 left.
Holmes made two free throws with :56 left to push the Flames lead back to four, 76-72. Another Brown free throw cut it to three and then Conceicao recorded one of her game-high six steals with 23 seconds left. After a Southeast timeout Conceicao made a short jumper to make it a one-point game, 76-75 with 15 seconds left.
A near steal by Brandi Russia (Cincinnati, OH/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) was called a foul on her and sent Kelly True to the line. She made the first attempt making it 77-75, Flames. On the second attempt she missed and Russia grabbed the board and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up to tie the game at 77 apiece with seven seconds left.
Holmes missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Russia scored nine points in the second half and Conceicao pitched in with seven second-half points.
With momentum on their side Southeast, Russia scored on another lay-up in the extra period and Southeast would not look back as they held on for the 85-82 win.
Conceicao finished with her first career double-double of the season, finishing with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. She made the Flames for fouling her as she made 12 of her 15 attempts from the foul line.
Brown recorded her fourth career double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Russia set new career-highs with 17 points and 7 assists.
The Flames were led by Hugelier's 25 points and True's 20 points.
Conceicao was named MVP of the HealthPoint Plaza Thanksgiving Classic. Russia was named to the All-Classic team joining UIC's Hugelier and True, Arkansas Little-Rock's Jocelyn Love and Texas Southern's Victoria Jones.
In the 2:00 PM game, Arkansas Little-Rock (1-3) defeated Texas Southern (0-3), 76-72.
Southeast will hit the road to take on regional rival Southern Illinois University on Wednesday, December 1 at 7:05 PM in SIU Arena.