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Redhawks Drop Heartbreaker to Sycamores, 75-72

Nov. 28, 2008

Final Stats

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (Friday, November 28, 2008) – The Redhawks women’s basketball team rebounded from a dismal offensive game against Florida State on Tuesday with their largest point output of the season on Friday. Unfortunately, Indiana State was up to task and was three points better than the Redhawks, winning 75-72 at the Show Me Center. The loss snapped the Redhawks five-game home winning streak.

After Sycamore player Deja Mattox split a pair of free throws the Redhawks (3-2) had a chance to tie the game with eight seconds remaining. Senior guard Tarina Nixon dribbled through traffic and attempted a step-back three-pointer that was off the mark giving the Redhawks their second-straight loss after a 3-0 start to the season.

The game featured seven lead changes and six ties. Five of those ties came in the second half.

The Redhawks looked in control in the first half despite the hot shooting of the Sycamores (2-2). The Redhawks were just as hot thanks to the three-point shooting of Nixon as the team opened up a nine-point lead, 27-18 midway through the opening half on back-to-back triples by Nixon.

The Sycamores would not go away as they continued to keep pace with the Redhawks by penetrating their normally suffocating interior defense. After senior Rachel Blunt nailed a three-pointer with 2:00 left on the clock for a 41-34 lead the Sycamores closed out the half on a 6-0 run to make it a one point game at the half.

That run continued into the second half as the Sycamores started the second stanza on a 5-0 run capped by a Leah Phillips three-pointer for their first lead of the game. The Redhawks responded with a run of their own, a 19-7 run that gave the Redhawks a 60-52 lead with 9:29 left to play.

A 7-1 run by the Sycamores cut into the lead and put them within striking distance as the Redhawks offense went cold. Phillips drained another three-pointer with 3:53 remaining to tie the game at 66-66 and Kelsey Luna followed that with a three-point play to give the Sycamores the lead for good.

The Sycamores shot 57-percent from the field in the game including 60-percent in the second half. They owned the paint as they outrebounded the Redhawks 36-29 (15 of the Redhawks rebounds were on the offensive end) and outscored them in the paint 34-14.

The Redhawks were hurt by poor second half shooting as they shot just 30-percent after a first half that saw them shoot 52-percent including 53-percent (9-17) from beyond the arc. The Redhawks committed just 13 turnovers and forced 21 which led to a 29-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

Nixon tied a career-high with 23 points on 7-14 shooting with only two of those shots coming from within the three-point arc. In the first half Nixon scored 15 points as she went 5-7 from three-point range. She set a new career-high with seven three pointers.

Sonya Daugherty finished with 19 points on 8-16 shooting and set a new career-best with seven assists. Crysta Glenn chipped in 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. She also recorded four steals to give her ten over the last two games.

The Sycamores were led by Phillips who finished with a game and new career-high 27 points on 9-12 shooting (6-8 from three-point range). Luna, who came in averaging 20 points per game was held to 13 points. Kara Schilli led the Sycamores with eight rebounds.

The Redhawks will dip into Ohio Valley Conference play next as they host Austin Peay on December 4 and Tennessee State on December 6. Tip-off for both games is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center.


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