Women's Hoops to Ring in the New Year in San Antonio
Dec. 30, 2003
San Antonio, Tex.- Southeast women's basketball hopes to end their two-game losing streak with wins in the UTSA Classic in San Antonio, Tex. The squad will pair-off against No. 11 Kansas State this evening, Nov. 30, at 5:00 p.m. Then the Otahkians will face Alcorn State tomorrow afternoon, Nov. 31, at 2:00 p.m. These games mark the end of non-conference competition, as the Otahkians will return home for their conference opener.
Scouting Southeast... The Otahkians skidded to 4-5 last Tuesday as they fell to the SMS Lady Bears, 87-59. The squad couldn't find their groove as they struggled offensively from the floor for their third straight game. Leading the way for the Otahkians was Souza with 16 points. She continued her perfect free throw shooting on the season making 2-of-2. Sidbury followed closely behind with a season-high 15 points. She also led the way for the Otahks on the glass pulling down nine.
As a team the squad shot 36.1 percent from the floor on the night and 83.3 percent from the line. SMS shot 52.8 percent from the field and out rebounded the Otahkians 41-28. Southeast put up an excellent defensive effort as they forced 23 SMS turnovers.
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 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.
Scouting No. 11 Kansas State... The Wildcats (7-2) are storming on a five game winning streak, beating their opponents by an average of 36 points during the streak. The team has suffered only two defeats, which came at the hands of nationally ranked Purdue and Penn State, No. 10 and No. 7 respectively.
The Wildcat's most recent win came over Creighton University as the squad downed the Blue Jays, 94-60 on December 14. Kansas State increased their lead to 18 with 11 minutes off the clock before Creighton hit two straight 3-pointers to trim the Wildcats lead to 38-28 with three minutes to halftime. The squad then used a 5-0 run to silence the Bluejays and never allowed them to get any closer. Kansas State led 45-30 at intermission as senior center Nicole Ohlde scored 19 of her season-high 32 points in the first. She then scored ten of K-State's first 14 to give them the 21-point lead.
Ohlde shot 13-of-17 from the floor on the night, as well as 6-of-6 from the line. She also chipped in seven boards and three assists. Forward Kendra Wecker added thirteen points and nine boards, while forward Brie Madden recorded a percent shooting performance, draining 4-of-4 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, adding 12 points.
The team enjoyed tremendous shooting on the evening as they shot 58.3 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from 3-point land, and shot 84 percent from the charity stripe. As a team they out rebounded their opponent 47-36.
The Wildcats and the Otahkians have also faced a mutual opponent on the season, both pairing off against Northern Illinois. Both teams recorded a "W" against the Lady Panthers, as KSU downed NIU 60-41 while Southeast defeated them 59-57.
On the season the Wildcats are being led in scoring and rebounding by senior forward Kendra Wecker, averaging 16.9 points per game and 8.6 boards. Following closely behind are guard Laurie Koehn and forward Nicole Ohlde, chipping in 15.1 and 13.4 points per game. Koehn is the squad's leading three-point threat shooting 47.3 percent, 33-of-69, from beyond the arc on the season. The Otahkians will also need to closely defend guard Megan Mahoney who is dishing out 5.7 assists per game.
As a team, KSU is dominating their opponents on the glass averaging 11.7 boards more than their opponents. This could hurt the Otahkians as they have struggled under the basket. The Wildcats are also outscoring their opponents by an average of 21.3 points per game.
The Series... This game marks the first meeting between the two teams.
Scouting Alcorn State... The Lady Braves (1-5) are coming off their first season win as they took control in the second half to pull out a 70-63 victory over Lamar University. Alcorn got off to a sizzling start from the field as the Lady Braves took a 16-8 lead with eight minutes off the clock. Contributing to their lead was a 7-0 run, coupled with stellar defense, disallowing Lamar a field goal in five minutes and 32 seconds. The squad regained their momentum as they went on another run which saw them increase their lead to seven. Their defense couldn't hold the lead as a resilient Lamar team closed the half on an 8-1 run, to go in to the break all-square, 28-28.
The Lady Braves decided they had had enough coming out of the lockers and jumped out with a 23-6 run to break open the game to 57-44 with 6:33 remaining. Guard LaToya Johnson chipped in 17 of the reams 23 points during the run. However Lamar would slash the squads 13-point lead to only five with two minutes to go, but never got any closer.
Johnson was a one-woman wrecking crew as she notched a carer-best, 34-points, on 11-of-21 shooting from the floor and 12-of-15 shooting from the line. She also recorded the first team double-double on the season as she added 12 boards. Chipping in another ten points a piece, it was junior Tnonealyer Powers and sophomore Natasha Dennis.
Johnson is also dominating the squads offensive and defensive attack, scoring 13.7 points per game, averaging 7 boards, and just over 2 assists per game. Powers is adding another 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
As a team, ASU is being out rebounded 3.0 boards per game and outscored 12.5 points per game.
The Series... Southeast leads the all-time series 2-1 over Alcorn State. The last meeting between the two teams came back on Nov. 27, 1998 as the Lady Braves slid past the Otahkians 66-59 at the Chateau Charles Cowgirl Classic in Lake Charles, La.
Up next... Southeast will return home to open Ohio Valley Conference competition. The Otahkians will host Austin Peay on January 8 at the Show Me Center. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.