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Women's Hoops Looks To Capture Fourth Consecutive Victory

Jan. 19, 2004

Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Southeast (8-7, 3-1 OVC) heads to Cookeville, Tenn. to take on Tennessee Tech (6-8, 2-2 OVC) for their second meeting this season. In their last match-up on Jan. 10, Southeast led the entire game until an Emily Christian three-pointer sent the contest to overtime. The Otahks dominated in overtime, 15-3, running away with the game 102-90.

Scouting Southeast...Southeast defeated Eastern Illinois, 79-66, on Tuesday and beat Tennessee State, 102-45, on Thursday. Yashika Sidbury recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds, and two assists while going 6-of-6 from the line in the EIU contest. She added 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds in the win over Tennessee State. Sami Jo Cotton averaged 16.5 points and five boards in the two games for the Otahkians. Jessica Aebi netted seven points against Eastern Illinois, followed by an 11-point performance in the Tennessee State game. In the TSU contest, junior Chandra Brown netted a career-best 22 points after a few quiet games.


Leading the Otahkian club in scoring is Kenja White, averaging 11.6 points per game. Closing in on that lead is Cotton after her 16.5-point average last week and is now averaging 11.0 points on the season. Center Brown is also pumping in double-digits, averaging 10.3 points per contest.

On the glass, Brown leads the Otahk squad averaging 7.3 boards per game, while also leading the team in blocks with 15 on the season. Claiming the top helper position is senior Sarah Costello with 66 assists on the season, averaging 4.4 per game.

As a squad the Otahkians are leading the league in three-pointers per game, averaging 7.3 per game, ranking them 29th in the nation. Southeast is also leading the conference in scoring margin, as they are narrowly outscoring their opponents by 2.8 points per game.

Scouting Tennessee Tech...Tennessee Tech defeated Morehead State, 97-76, on Thursday and lost to Eastern Kentucky, 75-69, on Saturday. Tynisha Alexander averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and three steals per game last week. She netted 18 points in the Morehead State contest and followed that up with a 23-point performance in the loss to Eastern Kentucky. Kendall Cavin came off the bench to average 11.0 points and five rebounds, shooting 70 percent from the field in Tech's last two games.

Leading the Lady Eaglettes is Christian averaging an outstanding 20.9 points per game, while also leading the squad with 6.1 rebounds per contest. Also scoring in double-digits on the season is Alexander with 10.9 points per contest.

As a squad, Tech has been shooting extremely well on the season. They are second in the OVC in free throw percentage (.734) and field goal percentage (.430), while they lead the league in three-point percentage (.384). On Jan. 10 when the teams met, Southeast was able to edge out Tech by holding them to just 11.1 percent shooting in overtime, after allowing them to shot 64.5 percent in the second to tie the game.

Up Next...The Otahk squad will continue on the road to Clarksville, Tenn. where they will face Austin Peay on Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m.


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