Women's Hoops Travel to Face Cross-State Rival
Dec. 22, 2003
Springfield, Mo.- Women's basketball looks to get back on track with a win over in-state rival, Southwest Missouri State. The two teams pair-off against one another at 7:05 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 23 in Springfield, Mo. The Otahkians will look to try to gain some ground on SMS in the overall series history. SMS leads the series 7-1, including an 85-76 victory over Southeast last season. The Otahkians played strong defense as they forced 32 turnovers, but SMS offset this weakness by shooting 54.7 percent from the floor.
Scouting Southeast...The Otahkians slipped to 4-4 after losing to Lipscomb on Saturday, 52-47. Southeast's pressed Lipscomb full-court for the entire 40 minutes, providing a strong defensive challenge, but couldn't get the ball to fall. At the half the Otahkians were on top 30-27, but with only 17 second-half points the Otahkian defense wasn't enough. The squad struggled from the field as they shot only 23.3 percent on the evening.
Paving the way for the Otahkians was Chandra Brown, with the game-high and her career-high, 20 points. Brown also tied for the game-high 14 boards to record her second straight double-double performance. Her teammates combined for the other 26 points, as no other Otahkian scored more than one bucket from the field.
Leading the way on the season in both points and boards is Brown as she is averaging 12.8 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. Following right behind her on the offensive side is senior Kenja White, averaging 11.5 points per game. Adding to the offensive attack are Sarah Costello and Brandi Russia, dishing out 3.8 and 2.5 assists per game, respectively.
As a team, the squad is out scoring their opponents by a slim average of three points per game, averaging 65.1 to their opponents 62.1. Southeast is still struggling on the glass as they are being out rebounded by half a board per game. The squad is dominating from downtown, as they are currently ranked 13th in the nation in three's per game with 7.5 per game. Overall the squad is shooting 37.6 percent from the field.
Scouting SMS...Last season, the squad claimed the MVC tournament title and went to the NCAA Tournament, finishing with an 18-13 mark. Currently, the Lady Bears (6-1) are coming off a long 11-day break, after a decisive win over Oral Roberts, 90-37. Before that, SMS knocked off Missouri at home, 79-70. Against Oral Roberts, SMS dominated from the start racing to a 20-12 lead, and closed the first half with a 29-3 run to take a commanding 49-15 lead at intermission. Junior K.C. Cowgill, scored a career-high 21 points, who had a perfect shooting performance, 7-7 from the field, five three-pointers, and 2-2 from the line. As a team the squad shot 60 percent from the field.
Leading the way on the season for the Lady Bears is senior Kari Koch, averaging 21.1 points per game. The Otahkians will also need to shut down junior Jenni Lingor and senior Meg Tierney who are averaging, 13.8 and 12.6 points per game respectively. Lingor is also dominating on the boards, bringing down 7.3 per game.
SMS is outscoring their opponents by a margin of 20.9 points per game. As a squad, they are also shooting an impressive 51.6 percent from the field.
Up next... Southeast will continue on the road for two more games to cap off their non-conference slate. The Otahkians travel to San Antonio, Tex. for the UTSA Classic. First the squad will face No. 11 Kansas State on Dec. 30 at 5:00 p.m. and then they will pair-off with Alcorn State on Dec. 21 at 2:00 p.m.