Otahkians Travel to Green Bay to Compete in UWGB Tournament
Cape Girardeau, Mo. (November 27, 2002) - The Southeast Missouri State Otahkian basketball team will be in action over the Thanksgiving holiday as they travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin to compete in the Oneida Bingo and Casino Holiday Tournament hosted by the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.
The tournament will consist of Southeast, the host UWGB team, the University of Miami, and Quinnipiac.
Southeast hung in and competed with Southwest Missouri on Tuesday, but before a crowd of almost 7,000, the Otahks fell to the bigger Lady Bears, 85-76.
The Otahkians took and early five point lead, but SMS stormed back into the game. SMS kicked things into high gear backed up by sophomore sensation Jenni Lingor. Lingor had ten points in the first ten minutes as the Lady Bears moved out to an eight point lead at 28-20.
Coming out of the half, the Otahkians stormed back to tie the game at 50. Both teams would go back and forth and the game would again be tied at 60. The Lady Bears, however, went on a 10-0 run to take a ten point lead and won the lead to 77-69 with three minutes left. The Otahks would get as close as 83-76, but could not get any closer and lost to SMS, 85-76.
Southeast now comes into a tournament in which they have not played any one of its possible opponents ever. The Otahks will be up against some stiff competition as Wisconsin-Green Bay is receiving votes in the latest top 25 poll and Miami plays in a very tough Big East Conference that includes defending champ Connecticut. Quinnipiac is a solid team from the Northeastern Conference that was picked at the middle of the pack in the preseason polls.
The host Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix is 2-1 on the season with wins coming against the University of Wisconsin and Oregon and their only loss coming at the hands of the University of Illinois. They are receiving votes in the latest WBCA Division I Coaches Poll.
The Phoenix are being led by Kristy Loiselle. Loiselle has played in 108 minutes so far this season and is averaging 36.5 per game. She is averaging 14 points per game and six rebounds. She is specifically deadly from behind the three-point arc where she is shooting nearly 65 percent.
Miami is 2-0 on the season with an 11 point win over South Florida and a 67 point thrashing of Morris Brown this past Tuesday. Miami is outrebounding their opponents by an average of 14 boards per contest and outscoring them by a margin of 39.
The Hurricaine are being led by Tamara James. James is averaging 26 minutes per game and 22.5 points per game. She is also averaging 15 rebounds per contest. Meghan Saake is averaging 11.5 poitns per contest and Shaquana Wilkins is averaging 13 rebounds per game.
Quinnipiac is 1-0 on the early season with an 80-64 victory over Laffayette University. The Bobcats were picked to finish sixth in the Northeastern Conference.
Quinnipiac is being led by junior forward Ashlee Kelly. Kelly scored 24 points and had 14 rebounds on 8-10 shooting from the field. Kelly played in 31 minutes. Sara Esidore had 19 points and five rebounds in 37 minutes.