Otahkians Look to Get Back on Track
Jacksonville, Ala. (Jan. 28, 2004)-Southeast (8-9, 3-3 OVC) is set to take on Jacksonville State (11-5, 5-1 OVC), tomorrow, Jan. 29 at 5:00 p.m. in Jacksonville, Ala. The Otahkians look to move back up in the conference standings with a win of the Lady Gamecocks.
Scouting Southeast...Last week Southeast lost to Tennessee Tech, 65-57, on Thursday and fell to Austin Peay, 68-65, on Saturday. Freshman Jessica Aebi led the squad over the two-game span averaging 12.5 points. She recorded her career-best performance against Tech netting 18 points. Over the series, Sarah Costello averaged 10 points, as she lit up for 16, second half points against Austin Peay to lead the squad. While newcomer Chandra Brown also averaged 10 points. Against TTU she scored 12 points and brought down seven boards, then added eight points and five rebounds against the Lady Govs.
Kenja White, netting 10.7 points per game, leads the squad on the season. Sami Jo Cotton and Brown follow closely behind with 10.3 and 10.1 points respectively. While Sarah Costello leads the team with 4.4 assists per game as she ranks second in the league. Brown dominates the boards as she is bringing down 7.2 per game, ranking her fifth in the league.
As a team, Southeast is playing excellent defense as they lead the league in steals per game averaging 9.65. The squad is a performing from long range, draining 6.9 per contest, ranking them 17th in the nation.
Scouting Jacksonville State...Last week the Lady Gamecocks posted a 75-53 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday and a 94-78 win over Morehead State on Saturday. Shanika Freeman averaged 29.5 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, while shooting 62.2 percent from the field in the two games. She netted 30 points against Morehead State and followed that up with 29 points in the EKU contest. After last week's performances, she captured OVC Player of the week honors. Kelly Nye had a season-high 17 points in the win over Eastern Kentucky. Nye also sank three 3-pointers, moving her to fourth on JSU's all-time list with 138.
On Monday JSU took a break from OVC competition, posting and 83-44 win over Savannah State. Five players reached double-digits, as Freeman led the team with a 17-point performance.
Leading JSU on the season is Freeman in points per game (20.8), rebounds per game (10.6), and steals per game (2.2), and assists per game (2.3). Her 20.8 points each time out, ranking her second in the league. Teammates Freddricka Embry and Cobie Carlisle are also averaging double-digits per contest, averaging 11.7 and 10.3 respectively.
As a squad, the Lady Gamecocks are currently ranked second in the conference with their 5-1 OVC mark.
Up next...Southeast caps off their four-game OVC road trip at Samford this Saturday, Jan. 31, at 4:00 p.m. The Otahks will then return home to host Tennessee-Martin on February 5 at 5:00 p.m.