Otahkians Romp the Lady Muleriders 84-57
Dec. 6, 2003
Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Women's basketball wins their second home game in a row, recording a 2-0 record at home. The Otahkians (3-3) came out fired up as they went on a 14-0 run before the Lady Muleriders could find the net. The Otahkians never looked back as they romped Southern Arkansas (5-1) by 27-points, finishing ahead 84-57.
Junior guard Sami Jo Cotton jump-started the Otahkian offense tonight as she put the squad up 3-0 with a shot from down town, assisted by senior Sarah Costello. The squad went on to rack up the score 14-0, before the Lady 'Riders answered back with a 2-pointer. Cotton was a big factor in the early Otahkian lead as she scored nine of the first fourteen points, adding two 2-point jump shots and two free throws to her early three-pointer.
Southeast went on to spread their lead to 26 at the intermission as went to lockers up 49-23. Southeast out shot SAU 51.5 percent to 41.7 percent in the first half, but their remarkable shooting came from beyond the arch. The Otahkians drained 7-of-10 three pointers for an outstanding 70.0 percent.
Senior forward Carina Souza gave the Otahkians their largest lead of the game (28-points) as she netted the first shot of the second half in the paint. The squad played strong throughout the half as they outscored SAU 35-34, to finish the game on top 84-57.
Southeast Missouri State's Kenja White led the Otahkians in scoring for the fourth straight game with 17-points. She netted 5-of-9 field goals and shot a perfect a perfect 100 percent, 5-of-5, from the charity stripe. White also brought down two boards and added two steals. SAU's Valeri Turner led the Lady Muleriders as she also drained 17-points.
Junior Chandra Brown also had an outstanding game for the Otahkians as she was named the Copi-Rite Player of the game with 15-points, 3 rebounds, and one block. Cotton finished the game with ten points, four boards, two assists, and one steal. Also chipping in nine points a piece for the Otahkians was junior Miah Shelford and sophomore Tiffanne Ryan.
Leading the squad in boards was senior Yashika Sidbury as she brought down nine. Senior Sarah Costello who is leading the squad in assists, averaging five per game, dished out another five tonight while also making two steals on the defensive end.
The team finished the game shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. SAU shot 44.2 percent from the field, while only shooting 43.8 percent from the free throw line. Southeast played a great defensive game, making 12 steals and creating 16 turnovers. The squad also out rebounded its opponent 40-33.
Southeast will remain at home as they host Northern Illinois next Monday evening at 7:30 PM at the Show Me Center.