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Junior guard Sarah Costello had a game-high 13 points, but the Otahks fall to Wisconsin-Green Bay 74-49.
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Otahkians Take a Tough Loss Into Final Day of UWGB Tourney

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Green Bay, Wisc. (November 29, 2002) - The Southeast Missouri State Otahkian basketball team jumped out to an early 10-8 lead over the Phoenix of Wisconsin-Green Bay, but did not score until the last media timeout of the first half as the Phoenix went on a 23-0 run en route to a 74-49 win.

Southeast got on the board first and often in the first three minutes as they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. Points from forwards Carina Souza and Lori Chase, as well as a layup from junior guard Sarah Costello led to the early lead. However, Green Bay came back and scored six unanswered points and then traded baskets with the Otahkians up until the first media timeout.

Coming out of the timeout it was all a different story. What was once a pretty potent Southeast offense and a decent defense was all gone, and the Phoenix rambled of 23 straight points that lasted until the final media timeout before Southeast scored again. The run eventually got to 33-6 at halftime as Southeast was down 41-16 at the break.

The Otahkians shot a season-low 20 percent in the half as they went 6-29 from the field. Souza led all scorers at the half with nine points. Green bay shot a steamy 50 percent from both the field and behind the arc in the half as they pulled in 87 percent of its free-throws.

Midway through the second half, Southeast was victimized by a "phantom" foul. Junior forward Yashika Sidbury committed what should have been her second foul, but as the officicial signaled one, then two with his fingers for Sidbury's number, the announcer credited No. 3 Kenja White with the foul, even though she was not on the floor. That mistake would come into the forefront as four minutes later, White committed two quick fouls and fouled out of the game with only four fouls. Even though there was a discrepancy with the official scorebook and the computerized scoring system, the official scorebook took precedence and White fouled out of the game.

The second half was a little more like the Southeast team fans should expect this season. They tied Green Bay in points in the half at 33, but couldn't climb over the hump they created in the first half and the Phoenix rolled to the victory.

Southeast was led in scoring by Costello who pulled in 13 points with two assists and one rebound. She was 4-8 from the field and 5-6 from the line. Souza had 11 and Sidbury had 10 points. Chase grabbed 13 rebounds on the night.

Southeast now will take on Quinnipiac tomorrow in the finale of the tournament at approximately 5 p.m.


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