DURANT, Okla. - Emily Williams posted 22 points for her fourth-straight 20-point game and the Savage Storm picked up their third home win in a row by topping Arkansas-Monticello 68-63 on Thursday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
SE improved to 12-7 overall on the year and 9-4 in Great American Conference play, moving into a tie for second with Southwestern Oklahoma State following a Bulldog loss at Arkansas Tech on Thursday night.
Haley Schaefer had 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Cheree Kiser added 10 points off the bench thanks to a pair of threes.
Williams also led the way on the glass with seven rebounds which matched UAM’s leading rebounder for a game-high, but SE was edged out in the rebounding battle as a team by a 34-to-26 margin.
Southeastern took advantage of an edge in turnovers by outscoring the Cotton Blossoms 21-13 on miscues, however, UAM held slight edges in second-chance points and points in the paint.
UAM came out swinging and jumped to a 7-0 lead by the 18:24 mark.
The teams would trade the lead until a Williams three with 6:04 to play in the half put Southeastern in front 22-20.
The Storm would maintain the lead for the remainder of the half, finishing with the final five points of the half to take a 32-24 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The Blossoms would close all the way to 66-63 with 29 second to play on another Gibson bucket, but UAM would miss a game-tying three point try and Shelby Hill would add a pair of insurance free throws with one second on the clock to give the Storm the 68-63 win.
DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern had three players finish with 19 points or more and finished the night shooting 56.5 percent from the field as a team en route to a 74-62 victory over Arkansas-Monticello on Thursday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The win lifts the Savage Storm to 6-12 overall on the season and 4-9 in Great American Conference play, currently tied with Ouachita Baptist for the eighth and final spot in the GAC tournament.
Taylor Smaller turned in 20 points to lead all scorers, doing so on the back of a 6-for-8 night shooting from behind the arch, hitting all six of the team’s threes. He added eight assists to fall just short of a double-double and chipped in three rebounds and a steal.
Darius Harris posted an 8-for-10 night shooting from the floor and finished with 19 points, while Urald King also finished with 19 on 8-of13 shooting.
The teams traded punches out of the gate, but a 14-0 run capped by a King layup with 12:44 to play in the first half gave the Storm a 16-4 lead.
UAM would answer by chipping away at the SE lead, tying the game with 48 second to play.
The Storm would get a free throw from Quinton Threadgill with 15 seconds left, but Sharif Hudson would hit a jumper with two ticks on the clock to put SE in a 30-29 hole at the half.
SE scored the first four points of the second half to quickly erase that deficit, slowly pushing ahead until a Harris bucket in transition put the Storm up 45-38 with 12:26 to play.
The Weevils would cut the lead back down to four points with 9:16 to play, but a 6-0 run capped by three straight free throws by Daichi Taniguchi would extend the lead back to double figures at 54-44.
SE would get a free throw form Anton Cook and a dunk from King to finish out the scoring and fashion the final score at 74-62.