All 15 Savage Storm players got significant minutes in a 49-point blowout Wednesday against Dallas Christian College.
The Southeastern women improved to 5-2 on the season while the Crusaders dropped to 1-10. Breanna Small-Peppers led SE with an 11-point, 10-rebound double double in the Storm’s 84-35 victory.
“We got everybody double digit minutes and that’s big,” said SE Coach Darin Grover. “They were all able to come in and play significant minutes, and that’s what we’re wanting to do is develop depth.”
The best team in the conference looked very deep on Thursday. After the Crusaders hit an early three to get within a point, the Savage Storm rattled off 12 straight to lead 18-5.
Good rotation was evident on a sequence late in the first half when Ronay English drove in and found Haley Schaefer just outside of the paint for a give-and-go. It helped build a 42-22 halftime lead for the Storm.
SE went on to outscore DCC 42-13 in the second half, as the Crusaders shot just 14 percent from the field at 4-for-29. They were 10-for-53 (19 percent) overall, while SE shot 30-for-79 (38 percent).
After the Peppers double-double, all but one Storm player reached the scorecard. Schaefer had 11 points and eight rebounds; Kaylie Baxter scored nine; English was 2-4 from three on her way to eight points.
Natalie Ruud had seven points and three assists; Olivia Potter was 2-5 from three for her six points; Demi Koelzer had six points and five boards; Shelby Hill had five points, six rebounds and three steals; and Emily Williams rounded out the leaders with six assists to go with three points.
SE women’s and men’s basketball teams are scheduled to hit the road today for a conference game against Arkansas Tech and on Saturday against Harding (weather permitting).
For the ladies, they face two powerhouse teams whose early season record is a combined 10-1.
“It’s a very tough road swing,” said Grover. “Arkansas Tech is historically very good, one of the top teams in our conference. And Harding was picked to win our conference. It’s a tough place to play and they have a really good post presence.”
The Savage Storm men (4-3, 2-0) will look to keep their position atop the conference as they face Arkansas Tech (5-2, 1-0) on Thursday and Harding (3-4, 0-1) on Saturday.