Otahkian Bench Leads Southeast Past Lady Oaks, 74-49
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Friday, December 31, 2004) The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will ring in the New Year with a two game winning streak as they crushed Oakland City, 74-49 in the Show Me Center Friday night. However, the Otahkians didn't win in typical fashion as the bench led by the freshman class almost single-handily outscored the Lady Oaks 49-43.
For the second game in a row Southeast (6-5) struggled to get the offense going after the opening tip. The Lady Oaks (3-5) grabbed an early 6-4 lead on a Erin Evans free throw.
Sensing his team needing a spark Head Coach B.J. Smith inserted various members of his bench, that led to a 18-0 run by Southeast and a smothering defensive effort by the subs as they held the Lady Oaks scoreless for over eight minutes.
Freshman Leanne Evans (Port Moody, Canada/Port Moody Secondary) led the charge scoring five points during the run leading to the 22-6 lead.
Southeast built on that lead heading into the half to 20 points, 39-19 on a Wanika Owsley (Indianapolis, IN/Southeastern Illinois CC) lay-up as time expired.
Southeast held Oakland City to 22-pecent shooting from the field in the first half and forced 14 turnovers.
The Southeast bench accounted for 22 of the teams 39 first half points.
The second half was all Southeast as they jumped ahead by as much as 27 points on a Aisha Moreno (San Antonio, TX/Providence) three-pointer.
The Lady Oaks were easily outmatched in athletes, depth and height as evidenced by Southeast's 24-10 point differential in points in the paint.
Tatiana Conceicao (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Western Nebraska CC) again led the team in scoring with a game-high 13 points on 6-8 shooting in only 17 minutes of action.
Owlsey was the only other player in double-figures for Southeast as she chipped in with 10 points.
Evans finished with career-highs of seven points and seven rebounds, including five offensive boards in 13 minutes of action.
The freshman five of Evans, Julie Sweetin (Benton, IL/Benton), Rachel Mueggenborg (West Salem, WI/West Salem), Liz Sharpe-Taylor (St. Louis, MO/Nerinx Hall) and Moreno combined for 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Natalie Purcell (Auckland, New Zealand/Hutchinson CC) had a team-high nine rebounds for Southeast.
The Lady Oaks were led by sister combo of Katie Miller with 10 points and Emily Miller with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Southeast will open Ohio Valley Conference play next week as the hit the road to take on Austin Peay on Thursday, January 6 at 5:15 p.m. in Clarksville, Tenn. then travel to Cookeville, Tenn. to face preseason OVC favorite Tennessee Tech on Saturday, January 8 at 5:30 p.m.