Southeast vs Southwest: Battle for State Top-billing
Dec. 21, 2004
The Otahkians return to the friendly confines of the Show Me Center after logging frequent traveler miles on bus and plane over the last month.
Southeast (4-4) will host in-state rival Southwest Missouri State Wednesday, December 22 at 7:00 P.M. The game will be played at the Show Me Center and can be heard live on C-106 FM and on www.GoSoutheast.com.
This is the ninth meeting between the two state schools with SMS holding the upperhand 8-1. Last season SMS defeated Southeast 87-59 at the Hammons Student Center in Springfield, Mo. SMS currently holds a two-game winning streak over Southeast after the two schools renewed their rivalry in 2002 after 21 seasons without facing each other.
Southeast looks to snap their current three-game losing streak. That streak continued when they dropped a 78-76 heartbreaker to Illinois-Chicago in the final seconds this past Saturday in Chicago, Illinois.
SMS holds the all-time advantage at 8-1. They currently have a two game winning streak over Southeast since the two schools resumed playing each other in 2002 after a 21-year hiatus.
Southeast's lone win was the last match-up before the long break in 1981. Southeast won, 84-68.
Last season SMS defeated Southeast, 87-59 at the Hammons Student Center in Springfield, Mo.
SCOUTING THE LADY BEARS
The Southwest Missouri State Lady Bears complete their tough non-conference schedule on Wednesday when they face Southeast. Losers of two straight, albiet against some of the better teams in the country in LSU and Oklahoma.
On Saturday SMS hosted No. 1 LSU in front of 8,431 fans at the Hammons Student Center. The Lady Bears played LSU tough, taking a late lead 49-47 with 6:25 left to play before eventually falling, 66-54. 2004 Missouri Valley Player of the Year Kari Koch had 14 points in her second game back from injury. Jenni Lingor led SMS with 16 points and nine rebounds. SMS held All-American Seimone Augustus to 19 points.
Southeast and SMS share a common opponent in Oklahoma. Just like Southeast, SMS fell to the Sooners. SMS nearly pulled off the upset losing 74-71. Lingor had a career-high 34 points.
Lingor is 2nd nationally in scoring at 22.6 ppg and 14th in assists at 6.4 per game. Lingor also leads the team in rebounding at 7.0 per game.
Sarah Klaassen is the only other Lady Bear in double-digit scoring, averaging 12.1 ppg. She ranks 5th nationally in three-point shooting at .607 and knocks down .614 percent of her shots.
As a team SMS is 3rd nationally in FG % (.508), 4th in free-throw % (.800) and 8th in 3-point shooting (.434).