Women's Basketball Heads To Music City for OVC Tournament Semifinals
March 6, 2008
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
TIP-OFF: Southeast Missouri State travels to Nashville, Tenn., this Friday (March 7) for the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The top-seeded Redhawks face fourth-seeded Eastern Illinois at Municipal Auditorium with the tip-off set for 12 Noon. The game will be shown live online at OVCSports.tv, while Erik Sean and Jess Bolen will call the action on the radio at ESPN/KGIR 1220 AM.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS: Southeast enters the Music City with a record of 23-7 on the year after Tuesday's 67-45 first round victory over eighth-seeded Jacksonville State at the Show Me Center. Senior forward/center Missy Whitney leads Southeast in points (14.5 ppg), rebounds (7.2 rpg) and blocks (1.5 bpg), while junior guard Sonya Daugherty ranks second on the team in points (12.2 ppg), assists (2.5 apg) and steals (1.9 spg). Junior guard Tarina Nixon is averaging 9.9 points per game in addition to leading the team in assists (2.3 apg) and steals (2.0 spg).
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Eastern Illinois brings an 18-12 record as the fourth seed in the OVC Tournament entering Friday's contest. The Panthers advanced to the semifinals based on Tuesday night's 65-51 first round victory over Tennessee State at home. Junior forward Rachel Galligan leads EIU with 18.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game while shooting 56 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Dominique Sims ranks second on the Panthers with 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in addition to posting a team-leading 1.5 steals per game. Brady Sallee is in his fourth season as head coach for EIU and has amassed a career record of 48-67, all at the Charleston, Ill., school.
SERIES HISTORY: Southeast has tallied a 20-7 lifetime record in the series with Eastern Illinois and has won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two schools. The Redhawks won the second contest of the regular season with the on Feb. 14 at the Show Me Center with a 46-41 win over the Panthers in Charleston, Ill. This is the first time that the two teams have met in the OVC Tournament in five years as Southeast posted a 79-76 win in 2003.
SOUTHEAST IN THE OVC TOURNAMENT: Since joining the OVC in 1991-92, Southeast has amassed an all-time record of 13-12 in Ohio Valley Conference tournament play. The Redhawks, making their 11th consecutive appearance in the tournament, are entering this year's field as the No. 1 seed for the second straight year. Last season, Southeast posted victories over Austin Peay, Samford and Murray State to claim the OVC tournament title and the conference's automatic NCAA Tournament berth for the second straight year.
20-WIN PICKUP: Southeast has hit the 20-win plateau for the fourth consecutive season entering Friday's contest versus EIU and it is looking to equal the school's Division I record for wins with 24. Last season, the Redhawks posted a 24-8 mark which preceded two 22-win campaigns in 2005 and 2006.
PÁL EQUALS CAREER SCORING HIGH: Junior guard Szandra Pál equaled a pair of career highs in Tuesday night's OVC first round contest against Jacksonville State at the Show Me Center. Pal, a 5-7 native of Budapest, Hungary, tallied eight points on 3-of-4 shooting that included a 2-of-2 effort from downtown in 18 minutes against the Gamecocks.
UP NEXT: With a win, the Redhawks will advance to the championship game of the OVC Tournament on Saturday, March 3 at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. Southeast would take on second-seeded Samford or third-seeded Murray State with a start time of 11 a.m. The game will be shown live on WQWQ-TV/CW 33 and OVCSports.tv.