Women's Basketball Welcomes Austin Peay To The Show Me Center
Jan. 29, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
TIP-OFF: Southeast Missouri State women's basketball concludes a two-game homestand tonight with an Ohio Valley Conference rematch against Austin Peay at the Show Me Center with a 5 p.m., tip-off. The Redhawks have amassed a 10-1 record at home this year, while the Lady Govs hold a 2-7 mark on the road. Tonight's game will be shown live on the internet at OVCsports.tv.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS: Southeast heads into tonight's contest sporting a 14-6 ledger and holds a 9-3 mark versus conference competition after last Saturday's 66-63 double-overtime win over Murray State. The Redhawks are led by junior forward/center Missy Whitney at 13.1 points a game and senior center Lachelle Lyles paces the team's rebounding lead at 17 boards per game which ranks her first among the OVC and NCAA Division I leaders. Also scoring in double figures for the Redhawks are sophomore guard Sonya Daugherty (11.9 ppg) and junior guard Ashley Lovelady (11.5 ppg), while sophomore guard Tarina Nixon leads in assists (63 - 3.3 apg) and steals (27 - 1.4 spg).
SCOUTING THE LADY GOVS: Austin Peay heads into the week with 7-13 season record and holds a 6-5 conference record on the year. The Lady Govs split their games last week at the Dunn Center with an 83-74 win over Jacksonville State and a 68-54 defeat at the hands of Samford. Junior center Kellea Reeves leads Austin Peay in scoring (9.9 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.595) to go along with 4.5 rebounds per game. Junior guard Ashlee McGee ranks second in scoring (8.0 ppg) and leads the team in assists (2.8 apg), while senior forward Alicia Watson has tallied a team-best 121 rebounds (6.1 apg). Carrie Daniels has produced a 7-13 career record in her first season as Austin Peay's head coach after serving as an assistant coach for seven seasons at Western Kentucky.
SERIES HISTORY: The series between Southeast and Austin Peay is tied at 17 games apiece. After the Lady Govs had won seven games in a row dating back to the 2002-03 campaign, including three in OVC Tournament play, the Redhawks had won the last four meetings. Earlier this season, Austin Peay snapped Southeast's eight-game winning streak with a 75-60 win in Clarksville, Tenn., on Jan. 13. Last season, the Redhawks claimed both games by a margin of 16 points per victory, including a 72-54 victory at the Show Me Center.
DEFENDING HOME TURF: Southeast has continued its trend of winning games at the Show Me Center this season by posting an 10-1 ledger tonight. The Redhawks have posted a 46-5 ledger at home since the 2003-04 season which includes a 30-3 record against OVC opponents. Last season, Southeast was 10-3 in games played at the SMC.
LYLES HEADS FOR TOP SPOT ON SEMO'S SINGLE-SEASON REBOUNDING LIST: Senior Lachelle Lyles is closing in Southeast's single-season rebounding record after posting 21 caroms last Saturday at the Show Me Center against Murray State. She has now produced 323 caroms on the season and needs six caroms to eclipse the first-place mark of 328 that was set by former player Jerri Wiley during the 1990-91 campaign.
UP NEXT: Southeast heads to Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 3 for an OVC contest at Tennessee-Martin in the first meeting between the two teams this season. The opening tip is set for 5 p.m.