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Redhawks Look for 11th-straight Win

Feb. 15, 2006

The Redhawks look to break their school record for consecutive victories at the Division I level when they return to the Show Me Center for a key Ohio Valley Conference showdown against Eastern Illinois on Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. The record is 10-straight victories set by last year's team. Their last loss was against Eastern Illinois on Jan. 5.

The game can be heard live on ESPN 1220 AM and is web-streamed live at www.gosoutheast.com.

The Redhawks head into the match-up with a record of 16-7 after a thrilling 87-86 overtime road victory over Eastern Kentucky. It was the Redhawks first road win over the Lady Colonels.

The Redhawks came back from a 15-point second-half deficit to force the extra period.

Natalie Purcell continued her solid play, recording her third double-double of the season with game-highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Simone Jackson added 18 points and dished out a career-high seven assists. Tatiana Conceicao chipped in 16 and Katisha Dunn finished with 11 points.

THE COACHES

SEMO's B.J. Smith is 73-39 (.652) in four seasons with Southeast. Brady Sallee is is in his 2nd year at the helm of the Panthers and has compiled a record of 20-31 (.392) at Eastern Illinois.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS

The Panthers head into the game with the Redhawks losers of their last two games with a 70-64 road loss to Tennessee-Martin on Saturday dropping them to 10-14 and 9-7 in the OVC, fifth in the OVC standings

The Panthers managed to cut a 19-point second half deficit to four with a minute left but couldn't make up for the cold first half.

Meggie Eck scored all of her team-high 17 points in the second half thanks to five 3-pointers. Rachel Galligan and Megan Edwards both added 13

Sparks, a Preseason All-OVC Second Team selection, leads the team in scoring at 16.0 ppg. She is shooting 39-percent from the field including 35-percent from three-point range.

Edwards joins Sparks as double-digit scorers with 11.3 ppg. Galligan leads the team in rebounding at 6.1 rpg and chips in 10.2 ppg. Meggie Eck provides a spark off the bench as she is the team's top three-point threat making 41-percent of her treys.

The Panthers return six letterwinners including three starters from a team that went 10-17 last season including 3-13 and a 10th place finish in the OVC.

SERIES HISTORY

Southeast holds the all-time advantage against the Panthers at 15-8. Southeast saw their nine-game winning streak against the Panthers snapped earlier this season when they prevailed 70-61 in Lantz Arena.

The Redhawks battled back early in the second half to grab a two-point lead but the Panthers kept the Redhawks at bay. Tatiana Conceicao recorded a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Freshman Rachel Galligan matched her double-double with a 13 point/12 rebound outing.

The Redhawks have won five-straight against the Panthers at the Show Me Center.

 
 

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