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Redhawks Fall In Final Seconds At Tennessee Tech, 59-58

Dec. 9, 2006

Box Score

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - A layup by Kendall Cavin with 21 seconds left in the game propelled host Tennessee Tech to a 59-58 victory over Southeast Missouri State in an Ohio Valley Conference showdown Saturday night at the Eblen Center. The Golden Eagles, who snapped a six-game losing skid, improved to 2-6 (1-2), while the Redhawks dropped to 3-4 (1-1) on the year.

Tech captured an early 7-3 lead on a three-pointer by Kristina Tyler three minutes into the game. The Redhawks rebounded by scoring seven of the next 11 points during a stretch of 4:49 to slice their lead to 11-10 on a layup off the glass from senior center Joiceline Thesing (Partas Sao Carlos, Brazil/Labette County CC). Cavin scored seven points during a 15-7 run to help the Golden Eagles gain their biggest lead of the stanza at 26-17 with 5:08 remaining. Southeast later finished the half with a 12-6 scoring drive that cut Tech's lead to 32-29 entering halftime.

In the second half, the Redhawks closed within a point (37-36) on a jumper from junior guard Ashley Lovelady (Elkhart, Ind./Moberly Area CC) at the 17:39 mark. Tech then scored seven quick points in a minute and 10 seconds, highlighted by five points from Marissa Henley, which increased its leading margin to 44-36. A driving layup from Lovelady capped a 20-10 scoring drive that gave Southeast a 56-54 lead with 4:24 left in the game, but a three from Blair Bowens thirty seconds later reverted the lead back to the Golden Eagles at 57-56. Junior forward Missy Whitney (Charleston, Mo./Three Rivers CC) nailed a pair of free throws at 3:40 mark hiked the Redhawks to a 58-57 advantage and neither team scored until Cavin's heroics in the final minute.

Lovelady led all scorers with 18 points, while senior center Lachelle Lyles (Chicago, Ill./Shelton State CC) tallied a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with nine points. Sophomore guard Sonya Daugherty (St. Louis, Mo./Hancock) added nine points and seven rebounds, while red-shirt sophomore Mathilde Dufour (Chanaz, France /University of Auffray) contributed eight points.

Hensley was one of three Tech players to finish in double figures as she posted 16 points. Cavin and Bowens added 13 points, respectively, while Tyler finished with seven points on the night.

The Redhawks return to the Show Me Center on Dec. 15 where they will host East Tennessee State in a non-conference contest with tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

 
 

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