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Junior guard Tierra Johnson and the Redhawks battle Texas State and Northern Colorado at the NMSU Thanksgiving Classic this weekend (Patrick Clark)
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Nov. 23, 2007

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Southeast Missouri State women's basketball travels to Las Cruces, N.M., this weekend to compete in the New Mexico State Thanksgiving Classic. The Redhawks open the weekend with a 5 p.m. contest Friday evening against Texas State before battling Northern Colorado on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on KGIR/ESPN 1220 AM with Todd Bonacki calling the action with Southeast Assistant SID Corey Miggins handling the color commentary.

Southeast brings a 4-0 record into this weekend's tournament after capturing a 73-57 win over Cumberland Tuesday evening at the Show Me Center. Senior forward/center Missy Whitney currently leads the Redhawks with 19.3 points per game and a .622 field-goal percentage while ranking second in rebounds with 6.3 caroms per game. Junior guard/forward Sonya Daugherty is averaging 15.3 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds a game for Southeast, while senior guard Ashley Lovelady has posted a team-best 3.8 assists and 3.5 steals per game. Junior forward Crysta Glenn has notched 7.3 points and 6.3 boards a game.

Texas State enters the weekend sporting a 2-1 record on the young season. The Bobcats opened this week's slate by producing an 84-55 home victory over Concordia, an NCAA Division III school out of Texas. Senior guard/forward Joyce Ekworomadu has tallied a team-high 16 points per game and junior guard Ashley Cole is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game in addition to producing a team-best .577 field-goal percentage. Senior center Marie Moser has produced a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per game and senior guard Brooke DeGrate is first on the team in assists with 6.6 helpers per contest. The Bobcats are guided by Suzanne Fox, who has produced a 126-158 mark over 10 seasons at the school located in San Marcos, Texas that included last season's 18-12 ledger.

This will be the first-ever meeting between Southeast and Texas State on the basketball court.

Currently in its second season as a member of the Big Sky Conference, Northern Colorado heads into New Mexico with a 2-1 season record and faces host New Mexico State on Friday night. The Bears produced a 70-60 home win over in-state foe Colorado State Tuesday night to begin the week and are led offensively by junior guard Whitney Cox's 22 point-per-game average. Freshman guard/forward Kate Kevorken is second on the team with an average of 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while freshman guard Courtney Stoermer has posted 10 points and a team-best 3.7 assists a game. UNCO is led by second-year head coach Jaime White as she has posted a career 7-25 ledger.

This will be first-ever meeting between Southeast and Northern Colorado.

The Redhawks are competing in their first in-season tournament in two years this weekend in New Mexico. The last time Southeast played in a tournament was during the 2005-06 season as it hosted the HealthPoint Thanksgiving Classic and finished with a 1-1 record.

After the NMSU Thanksgiving Classic, the Redhawks will return to the Show Me Center on Thursday, Nov. 29 where they will battle nationally-ranked Baylor in a non-conference showdown with the tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.


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