Emily Williams turned in one of the biggest games of her career on Sunday with 27 points in a 67-63 Savage Storm victory over the Golden Suns of Arkansas Tech.
Williams shot 6-16 from the field (3-6 from three) and 12-15 at the charity stripe. In the closing moments, it was her three which took back the lead for Southeastern - and it was her free throws which secured that lead as time ticked away on Tech.
“This has been my goal all along to be a leader. It’s what I did in high school,” Williams said. “I lead by example and that’s what I do best, to play my best to help my teammates around me.”
Williams, a junior from Martin’s Mill, Texas, scored 17 points in the second half as well as the final six Storm points of the game.
“She’s been big for us,” said SE Coach Darin Grover. “Since the absence of (Breanna Small-Peppers), she has done a good job. We’ve shot the ball better and she’s been able to penetrate the zone.”
Haley Schaefer backed her up with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Natalie Ruud contributed 12 on 3-for-7 shooting from behind the arc. Ruud’s first-half three helped build a 14-point Storm lead, but the Suns were within four by halftime.
SE rebuilt their double digit lead before Arkansas Tech tied the game with six minutes remaining. The teams traded Sun baskets for Storm free throws until 2:45 when Tech took a 63-61 lead.
There the score stood until the final minute of the game, when Williams’ three rattled in. Storm defenders held Arkansas Tech scoreless for the final 2:45.
Southeastern (10-6) remains tied for second place in the Great American Conference with Southwestern; both teams are 7-3 with nine conference matches remaining.
The Storm will visit Ouachita Baptist (4-13, 2-9) on Thursday.
Reach Zach Maxwell at (580)924-4388 or on Twitter@SportsMaxwell