Nov. 19, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball returns to the Show Me Center Tuesday evening for a non-conference contest against 2007 NAIA Division I runner-up Cumberland with the tip-off set for 5 p.m. The Redhawks hope to gain their first 4-0 start to a season in 17 seasons against the Lady Bulldogs and the game will be shown live on the internet on OVCSports.tv. It is Southeast's only regular-season contest against an NAIA school this season.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS:
Southeast enters the week with a 3-0 ledger on the young season after posting a 2-0 record last week against a couple of teams from the state of Arkansas. The Redhawks claimed a 59-58 win over Henderson State on Nov. 13 before knocking off Central Arkansas in their first road game of the year via a 91-60 winning margin. Senior forward/center Missy Whitney has tallied a team-leading 18.7 points per game while connecting on 64 percent of her shots and 92 percent from the free-throw line. Junior guard/forward Sonya Daugherty has produced a team-high 6.7 rebounds a game and is second in scoring at 15.7 points per game.
SCOUTING THE LADY BULLDOGS:
Ranked 15th in the NAIA Division I poll this week, Cumberland heads into tonight's contest sporting a 4-0 record on the year and is playing its first game in 10 days. The Lady Bulldogs captured the Bob Williams Classic in Rome, Ga., on Nov. 9-10 with wins over Milligan College (81-56) and Johnson & Wales (98-55). Senior forward Renae Williams has posted averages of 28 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for Cumberland in addition to shooting 58 percent from the field. Freshman guard Ashley Matthews is second on the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points per contest and leads the team with nine steals. Fifth-year head coach Clint Mason has posted a 90-48 career record at Cumberland that includes last season's 27-8 mark and NAIA Division I national championship game appearance.
Tonight's game is the first-ever meeting on the basketball court between Southeast and Cumberland.
GETTING THE POINT
Senior guard Ashley Lovelady has taken advantage of playing time at the point guard position this season as she currently ranks third in the Ohio Valley Conference with an assist-turnover ratio of +1.80. The Elkhart, Ind., native has produced three assists and three steals in all three contests for Southeast and tallied a season-high 13 points at Central Arkansas on Nov. 13.
BALANCE AND OPTIONS... THE TRILOGY:
In last Saturday's 31-point win at Central Arkansas, six Southeast players scored in double figures marking the second time it had accomplished the feat since 2005. Senior Missy Whitney recorded a game-high 19 points against the Sugar Bears, senior Ashley Lovelady produced 13 points and junior Tierra Johnson contributed 12 points. Junior Sonya Daugherty tallied 11 points, while junior forward Crysta Glenn and freshman forward Lauren Sharpe finished with 10 points apiece. The Redhawks also had six players score in double digits last season against Martin Methodist.
TURNING TURNOVERS INTO POINTS:
Defense played a big part for Southeast in last Saturday's contest at Central Arkansas as it tallied 44 points off 29 Sugar Bear turnovers. The Redhawks forced UCA to turn the ball over 16 times which turned into 23 points of offense out of their 49 first-half points. Southeast has totaled 90 points off 75 forced turnovers over its first three games this season.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON:
Junior Tierra Johnson produced her best outing as a Redhawk on the young season as she produced 12 points in the first half at Central Arkansas on Nov. 17. The 5-7 guard from Poplar Bluff, Mo., connected on 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range against the Sugar Bears in addition to posting two rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes of play.
Southeast has had players in the past come to campus from various international countries, including New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Jamaica and Scotland. This year is no different as three current Redhawks hail from Europe which include redshirt junior guard Mathilde Dufour (France), junior guard Szandra Pal (Hungary) and sophomore forward Kaitlyn Peddie (Australia).
The Redhawks travel to Las Cruces, N.M., for Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the New Mexico State Thanksgiving Classic at NMSU's Pan American Center. Southeast opens play on Friday, Nov. 23 against Texas State before facing Northern Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 24. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 5 p.m., central time.