Southeast Drops a Close One Against SMS, 73-64
Dec. 22, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Wednesday, December 22, 2004) With the temperatures outside dropping to below freezing with blizzard-like conditions, the action in the Show Me Center was scorching hot. The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team dropped their fourth-straight game of the season to powerhouse Southwest Missouri State, 73-64 on Wednesday night.
SMS (5-4) challenged Southeast (4-5) into a three-point shooting contest right from the opening tip. Southeast was able to show that they could compete with SMS in that aspect of the game. SMS only made three more three's then Southeast, unfortunately those nine points happen to be the final margin of victory by the Lady Bears.
K.C. Cowgill got the action started with a long three to give SMS the quick 3-0 lead to start the game. Southeast answered with back-to-back jumpers and a Brandi Russia (Cincinnati, OH/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) three to give Southeast a 7-3 advantage.
That would be Southeast's only lead of the game as SMS forced Southeast to the perimeter and took the ball out of Southeast's leading scorer Tatiana Conceicao's (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Western Nebraska CC) hands.
SMS pulled ahead by as much as 11 points in the first half, but a Katrisha Dunn (Dallas, TX/Eastern Oklahoma State College) three-pointer before the half made it an 8-point game, 40-32 at the half.
Southeast shot 52-percent in the first half and attempted 14 threes making five of them (35-percent). SMS on the other hand shot 48-percent from the field, but over half of their makes and attempts where from behind the arc as they shot 50-percent from three-point range.
Russia had 11 points at the half, nine of which came from three-point range. Simone Jackson (Kingston, Jamaica/Southeastern Illinois CC) continued her hot shooting making all five of her attempts for 10 points in the first half.
The second-half featured more of the same from both teams. Whenever it seemed Southeast would gain momentum a SMS three quickly stopped their run. Southeast was able to cut the lead to four twice in the second half, the last time with 8:23 left. SMS responded with a 15-7 run for their largest lead of the game at 12-points.
Southeast was able to get the lead into single-digits, but could not capitalize on any late SMS miscues as SMS held on for the nine point victory.
Southeast shot 41-percent from the field in the game and 30-percent from three-point range. SMS shot 46-percent from the field and 42-percent from behind the arc.
Russia finished with a team-high 16 points, one off her career-high. She went 6-10 from the field and recorded three assists and a game-high three steals.
Jackson had 14 points on 7-11 shooting. She also pulled down six rebounds and recorded three assists.
Over the last four games Jackson has only missed eight shots going 22-30 from the field (.733 percent).
Natalie Purcell (Auckland, New Zealand/Hutchinson CC) rounded-out the double-digit scorers for Southeast with 10 points.
Wanika Owsley (Indianapolis, IN/Southeastern Illinois CC) finished with a career and team-high nine rebounds.
Conceicao had her worst game of the season. Facing constant double and triple teams from the SMS zone she finished with five points in only 23 minutes due to foul trouble. This is the first game Conceicao has failed to reach double-digits in scoring.
Jenni Lingor, the nation's second leading scorer, finished with game-highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds for SMS. Cowgill joined Lingor in double figures with 15 points.
The loss to SMS is Southeast's first loss to a non-conference opponent at home since losing to Missouri on Dec. 1, 2001, snapping an 11-game home winning streak to non-conference foes.
Southeast returns to action in a week when they host two teams on back-to-back days starting with Chicago State on Dec. 30 at 12:30 pm and then Oakland City on Dec. 31 at 6:00 pm. Both games will be played at the Show Me Center.