Women's Basketball Opens Three-Game Road Trip At No. 13 Baylor
Dec. 1, 2006
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Southeast Missouri State (2-2) at No. 13 Baylor (7-1) Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006 - 7 p.m. Farrell Center (7,000) - Waco, Texas Series History: First Meeting Ishee vs. Baylor: First Meeting Radio: KGIR/ESPN 1220 AM Todd Bonacki (P-B-P); Corey Miggins (Color) LiveStats: GoSoutheast.com (GameTracker)
TIP-OFF: Southeast Missouri State women's basketball begins a three-game road swing this Saturday night when it heads to Waco, Texas for a non-conference showdown against No. 13 Baylor with a 7 p.m. start time. Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio/KGIR 1220 AM with Todd Bonacki (play-by-play) and Corey Miggins (color) as commentators.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS: Southeast heads into the weekend with a 2-2 record this season and is playing its first game since concluding a three-game homestand with a 101-78 win over Harris-Stowe on Nov. 21. Junior forward/center Missy Whitney, who claimed Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week honors earlier this week, leads the Redhawks in scoring with (15.3 ppg). Senior center Lachelle Lyles paces the Southeast rebounding leaders with 45 (11.3 rpg) on the year, while sophomore guard Tarina Nixon has produced a team-high 19 assists.
SCOUTING THE LADY BEARS: Baylor, ranked 13th in this week's Associated Press and ESPN Coaches Polls, brings a record of 7-1 into Saturday's meeting with the Redhawks. The Lady Bears squeaked by Texas A&M - Corpus Christi by a 64-62 margin this past Thursday on a jumper by senior forward Bernice Mosby with 2.2 second remaining. Mosby (19.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg) finished with a game-high 21 points against the Islanders, including 17 in the second half, just three days after claiming Big 12 Newcomer of the Week accolades. Baylor posted wins over Central Florida (78-48) and South Dakota State (71-53) to win the Lucaya Division at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas last weekend. Guiding the Lady Bears is seventh-year head coach Kim Mulkey who has produced a 164-46 career record along with claiming the 2005 NCAA title and six consecutive postseason appearances. Mulkey led Baylor to a 26-7 record with a NCAA Sweet 16 berth last season.
SERIES HISTORY: Saturday's game will be the first-ever meeting between Southeast and Baylor on the basketball court.
TWO REDHAWKS ON TOP IN OVC RANKINGS: Senior centers Lachelle Lyles and Joiceline Thesing have been rewarded for their early work in the post for Southeast as both players hold top spots in this week's Ohio Valley Conference individual stat rankings. Lyles leads the OVC in total rebounds (45 - 11.3 rpg) and offensive rebounds (22 - 5.50 orpg) after recording double-digit rebound efforts during the Redhawks' three-game homestand, while Thesing has produced nine blocks for a league-leading average of 2.25 swats per game thanks to a five-block performance on Nov. 21 against Harris-Stowe.
THESING MAKES NAME FOR HERSELF: Senior Joiceline Thesing is making a name for herself as a shot-blocking presence for Southeast. The 6-6 Brazilian center tied her career high of five blocks versus Harris-Stowe on Nov. 21. Thesing also produced her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a career best 27 minutes played against the Hornets.
WHITNEY GAINS WEEKLY OVC HONOR: Junior forward/center Missy Whitney was named OVC Newcomer of the Week for her performance against Harris-Stowe, the conference announced on Nov. 27. The 6-2 native of Charleston, Mo., paced Southeast by scoring a career-best 24 points, which included going 11-of-11 from the free throw line, with eight rebounds and three assists vs. the Hornets. She is the first Redhawk to capture the award since fellow post player Lachelle Lyles was honored last season.
UP NEXT: Southeast opens its Ohio Valley Conference schedule on the road at Tennessee State on Dec. 7 with the tip-off set for 5 p.m.