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Women's Basketball Hosts No. 10 Baylor in Non-Conference Showdown

Nov. 28, 2007


No. 10 Baylor (5-0) at
Southeast Missouri State (4-2)
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007 - 7:30 p.m.
Show Me Center (7,000) - Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Series History: BU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: BU, 81-47 (12/2/06)
Ishee vs. Baylor: 0-1
Radio: KGIR/ESPN 1220 AM -
Todd Bonacki (PBP), Jess Bolen (Color)

Southeast Missouri State women's basketball returns to the Show Me Center for a Thursday night non-conference showdown with No. 10 Baylor with the tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Redhawks have posted a 3-0 home record on the young season while the Lady Bears are playing their first road contest of the year.

Southeast enters the week with a 4-2 season record after competing at the New Mexico State Thanksgiving Classic last weekend. The Redhawks dropped an 80-47 decision to Texas State and fell to Northern Colorado by a score of 60-49 at NMSU's Pan American Center. Junior guard/forward Sonya Daugherty leads Southeast with 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest, while senior forward/center Missy Whitney is second on the team at 14.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg to go along with a team-best .561 field-goal percentage and 1.3 blocks per game. Senior guard Ashley Lovelady holds a team-high 3.0 assists a game and junior guard Szandra Pál has connected on a team-best .89 percent from the free-throw line.

Baylor, ranked 10th in the Associated Press Poll and 11th in the ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll this week, brings a perfect 5-0 record into Thursday's contest with the Redhawks. The Lady Bears claimed a 69-56 victory over California at the Farrell Center on Nov. 25 after a 10-day hiatus after opening the season with four wins in a six-day stretch. Baylor has five players averaging double figures in scoring led by junior guard Jhasmin Player's 14.8 points per game to go along with 3.2 assists a game. Sophomore post player Danielle Wilson has tallied a team-best 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest in addition to hitting a team-high .643 field-goal percentage. The Lady Bears are coached by Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey, who has tallied a career record of 188-53 in seven-plus seasons at the school located in Waco, Texas.

Thursday's contest serves as the second lifetime meeting between Southeast and Baylor as the Lady Bears hold a 1-0 lead after claiming an 81-47 win at the Farrell Center last season. This is the first meeting at the Show Me Center between the two teams.

Junior guard/forward Sonya Daugherty continues to be a scoring presence for Southeast as she averaged 17 points a game last week. After posting 14 points in a home win over Cumberland, Daugherty managed to average 18.5 points per contest at the New Mexico State Thanksgiving Classic which included a 19-point performance against Texas State. She concluded the weekend with 18 points versus Northern Colorado and currently ranks fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference with a scoring average of 16.3 points per game.

The Redhawks are hosting their first nationally-ranked opponent at the Show Me Center since joining the Division I ranks in 1991-92. Baylor is also the second team from a major conference to play at the SMC after Florida State from the Atlantic Coast Conference battled the Redhawks last season.

Three Southeast players have achieved milestones with 500 career points scored entering this week's contests. Junior Sonya Daugherty has produced 548 points, junior Tarina Nixon has scored 537 points and senior Missy Whitney has notched 509 points.

Southeast travel to the state of Indiana for the first time in nearly 10 years as it heads to West Lafayette for a non-conference game against No. 22 Purdue on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Mackey Arena. The opening tip is scheduled for a start time of 1 p.m.


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