Storm gets split against SWOSU
By Randy Bruce
Lady Storm tops SWOSU in return home:
DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern put four players in double-digits led by 23 from Emily Williams en route to an 87-78 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Thursday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The win lifts the Savage Storm to 8-3 overall on the year and keeps them a perfect 5-0 in Great American Conference play.
The win also snaps a four-game losing skid to the Bulldogs who had swept the series in each of the last two years.
SE will be back on the court at 2 p.m. on Jan. 11 to face Northwestern Oklahoma State in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The 23-point night is Williams’ second 20-point scoring performance of the season and matches the team’s season-best single game total which was posted by Breana Small-Peppers at Midwestern State on Nov. 16.
Taylor Richards chimed in with a season-high 16 points, while Small-Peppers and Cheree Kiser each added 12.
Haley Schaefer and Ronay English each finished with nine points in the effort.
In all, the Storm shot 42.4 percent from the field and overcame 10 SWOSU threes by hitting 87.1 percent from the free throw line, going 27-of-31 as a team.
Richards turned in a game-high six assists as the Storm dished out 16 assists to 14 turnovers in the game.
SE held a 46-to-42 edge in rebounding thanks to Small-Peppers completing a double-double with 16 rebounds on the night. The 16 boards matches her own season-best and is one behind the team’s best rebounding outing of the season turned in by Schaefer.
The Storm held the edge in every analysis category, outscoring SWOSU in the paint, off turnovers and on second-chance opportunities.
The teams traded blows out of the gate with the Bulldogs taking very early four-point lead, but an 11-2 run would erase the advantage and give SE a 15-10 lead with 15:05 to go in the half.
The Bulldogs would regain the lead briefly, but an 8-0 run would push the Storm back out in front.
Southeastern would extend the lead to double-digits, leading by as many as 14 points after a pair of Kiser free throws before SWOSU whittled the advantage back down to 47-41 at halftime.
SE would maintain that advantage until the Bulldogs made a run midway through the second half, closing the gap to 61-58 with 12:33 to play.
English, however, would hit a pair of free throws on SE’s next possession and key a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 68-58.
That lead would balloon to 19 points with 3:13 to play on an English three pointer, but SWOSU would close out the game on a 13-3 run to make the final score 87-78.
SE men falls on last-second bucket:
DURANT, Okla. - Darius Harris drained a pair of free throws to tie the game with 13 seconds to play, but Southwestern Oklahoma State hit a layup with just over a second to play to hand the Savage Storm a heartbreaking 72-70 loss on Thursday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The loss is the sixth-straight for the season which dips to 4-6 overall on the year and 2-3 in Great American Conference play heading into Saturday afternoon’s 4 p.m. meeting with Northwestern Oklahoma State.
SE held an eight-point halftime lead at 36-28 and led by as many as 10 points in the early going of the second half.
SWOSU, however, mounted a comeback and hit three point buckets on four-straight possessions to turn a 48-41 SE lead into a 53-48 deficit with 11:47 to play in the game.
The Bulldogs advantage would grow to as much as eight points, but SE began whittling away at the deficit down the stretch, first tying the game on a Quinton Threadgill three pointer with 2:07 to play at 68-68.
Trailing by two with SWOSU in possession, SE trapped Kenyan Borders at the midcourt line, forcing a turnover that Harris came up with on the fast break heading the other way before he was grabbed and foul by Rod Camphor in a play that garnered a little controversy as the officials discussed calling an intentional which would have also given SE possession after the free throws, but instead left the call a basic foul call.
Harris drained both free throws, but Gary Inglett would get a desperation scoop layup to bounce in with just over one second to play to steal the 72-70 win for the Bulldogs.
Harris led the club in scoring with 17 points, hitting 7-of-8 from the field and all three free throw tries he had on the night.
He was joined by John Balwigaire who finished with 12 points, while Urald King added 11 despite fighting the double-team most of the night and Threadgill added 11 as well.
The Storm shot an impressive 55.3 percent from the field and added a 47.1 percent effort form three point range by hitting 8-of-17 from long range.
SE needed every bit of that just to keep pace as SWOSU hit 50.0 percent from three point range, finishing 16-of-32 which proved to be the difference in the end.
Threadgill dished out a team-best five assists as the team combined for 19 across from just 12 turnovers.
For the first time on the year SE was outrebounded by an opponent as the Bulldogs pulled down 33 boards to just 26 by the Storm who were led in that effort by King who had six.
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