Men’s Basketball: Storm Looking for Home Court Spark
DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern will be looking for a home court advantage to snap its current losing skid when it hosts Southwestern Oklahoma State on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Northwestern Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. on Jan. 11 in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The games will be the first home contests for the team since Nov. 23 when SE picked up its last win, 65-48 over Ouachita Baptist.
The ensuing five-game road losing skid has dropped the Savage Storm record to 4-5 on the year and following a pair of close losses to open 2014 the team is currently 2-2 in Great American Conference play.
Southeastern is led by Urald King seventh in the league in scoring at 15.9 ppg and second in the conference in rebounding at 8.2 per game.
King is joined offensively by John Balwigaire who is averaging 12.7 ppg since getting a late start on the season due to an injury and Taylore Smaller who is scoring 11.7 ppg.
Smaller leads the team in assists as well at 3.6 per game.
Darius Harris joins King atop the team in rebounds with 7.7 rpg.
As a team, SE is shooting 45.1 percent from the field while holding opponents to a 40.3 percent clip, but is being outscored 67.3-to-69.3 due in part to foes scoring nearly 20 more three point buckets and making almost 30 more free throws despite the percentages on each being similar.
SWOSU comes to town in second in the league standings with a 6-4 overall record and a 3-1 mark in league play.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 63-38 win over Arkansas Tech and are led by Rod Camphor who is averaging 16.7 ppg, followed by Gary Inglett at 15.8 per game and Trent Washington at 11.3.
Inglett leads the team on the glass with 8.0 rebounds per game, while Kenyan Borders leads the way in assists at 2.8 per game.
NWOSU enters the weekend at 4-7 on the year and 1-4 in GAC play after dropping both ends of a home stand against Harding and ATU.
Bruce Wright leads the team in scoring at 12.5 ppg as well as rebounding at 7.6 per contest, while Brandon Woolley has a team best 2.1 assists per game.
Women’s Basketball: Lady Storm Returns Home for SWOSU, NWOSU
DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern will put its flawless conference record on the line when it returns to Bloomer Sullivan Arena for its first home contests in more than a month to host Southwestern Oklahoma State on Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Northwestern Oklahoma State on Jan. 11 at 2 p.m.
The Savage Storm enter Thursday’s meeting at 7-3 on the season and 4-0 in Great American Conference play which is tied for the league lead with nationally-ranked Harding.
SWOSU enters the meeting at 6-4 on the year and 3-1 in GAC play, while NWOSU comes into the weekend at 1-10 and 1-4 in conference play.
SE is coming off a weekend road sweep to open the 2014 portion of the schedule, topping Southern Arkansas 67-51 and Arkansas-Monticello 75-61.
The Storm are led by a pair of double-digit average scorers, with Haley Schaefer pacing the club at 12.1 ppg, while Breana Small-Peppers is adding 11.6.
Emily Williams dipped her average to 9.5 ppg, while four other players are averaging at least six points per outing.
Taylor Richards and Williams are each dishing 2.5 assists per game or better to trigger the offense.
Schaefer also leads the way on the glass with 8.0 rebounds per game, with Small-Peppers right behind at 7.6 which places them fifth and eighth, respectively, in the GAC in rebounding.
The Bulldogs are coming off an 18-point win over Arkansas Tech in its last outing and features a trio of double-digit scorers led by Michelle Fisher’s 17.0 ppg.
Sarah Mendoza is dishing out a team-best 3.7 assists per contest, while Kylie Boggess leads the team in rebounds with 6.1 per game.
SWOSU is scoring 87.2 ppg, but allowing opponents 80.7 per contest.
The Rangers are coming off a narrow 76-75 loss to nationally-ranked Harding and opened that road trip with a 70-65 win over Arkansas Tech, their first win of the season.
They are paced by Kamera Bozeman who is averaging 10.2 ppg, but has lifted her game in league contests, averaging 14.4 ppg against GAC opponents.
Dierra Gilmore is dishing out a team-high 2.4 assists per game, while a group of five players are all averaging at least three rebounds per contest.
NWOSU is averaging 61.8 ppg, while its opponents are scoring 74.4 against them this season.