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Martin, Ky. (February 25, 2004)- Southeast Missouri State women's basketball takes to the road tomorrow to face the Lady Racers of Murray State. Tip-off is set for 5:15 p.m. in the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky. as the squad looks to clinch home court advantage for the first round of the OVC Tournament. The squad needs to record just one more win over the final two games to ensure a game at the Show Me Center. They topped Murray State earlier this month on Feb. 7, 74-60, as they look to do it again tomorrow.

Scouting Southeast...The Otahks come into the game on a seven-game winning streak, including a perfect 6-0 record in the month of February. Up last, the squad went 2-0 last week with wins over Eastern Kentucky (88-78) and Morehead State (88-62).

Yashika Sidbury averaged 14 points and six rebounds over the two games. She scored 11 points and brought down a game-high seven rebounds in the Lady Colonels match-up. Against MSU, she had a team-leading 17 points and grabbed five boards. Sidbury also extended her double-digit scoring streak to six straight games. Chandra Brown averaged 15 points, three assists and 5.5 rebounds each time out last week. She recorded a game-best 18 points and dished out a career-high five assists against EKU. Sami Jo Cotton moved into second place on Southeast Missouri's all-time single-season three-pointers made list with 59 so far. She is now just four away from netting the most three-pointers in one season. Cotton has now scored in double-digits for four straight games, while averaging four three-points per outing over the four-game span.


Cotton is continuing to claim the squad's leading scorer position now averaging 11.3 points per contest. Senior guard Kenja White, follows directly behind Cotton, with 11per game, while forwards Sidbury and Brown average ten per outing. As a squad, Southeast leads the conference in both steals per game (10.5) and three-point field goals made per game (7.4). The squad has now moved into the top position in the OVC in two other categories, scoring margin (+6.0) and turnover margin (+2.88).

Scouting Murray State... Last week the squad posted a pair of OVC wins defeating Tennessee-Martin (71-70) and Tennessee State (71-43). Rebecca Romington averaged a team-leading 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the two games. She recorded her first double-double with 15 points and 11 boards against UTM. Megan Fuqua added 13 points per game, while Stacy Holmes averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. As a team, the Lady Racers shot an outstanding 44.1 percent from the field, but a poor 42.1 percent from the line over the two-game span. Murray State forced 33 turnovers against TSU, ranking the fifth-most all-time in Lady Racer history books.

Leading the Lady Racers is the Fuqua-Holmes duo, averaging 12.5 and 12.2 points respectively, ranking them 12th and 13th in the OVC. Holmes is also the squad's leading rebounder with 6.6 rebounds per contest. Teammate Jenny Bowden is making a huge impact as the squad's top helper, dishing out 3.5 per contest, ranking her fifth in the conference.

Up next... The squad continues on the road to close the season at Tennessee-Martin this Sat., Feb. 28. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. in Martin, Tenn.


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