ATU sweeps Savage Storm
By Matt Thomas Southeastern
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Southeastern got 30 points from Emily Williams, but could not take advantage on the road as the Savage Storm were tripped up by Arkansas Tech 79-76 in Russellville, Ark. on Monday evening.
The loss drops SE to 13-11 on the year and 10-8 in Great American Conference play with its next matchup on the road in Ada, Okla., to face East Central at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 27.
The 30 by Williams is a career high and a season-best for the team, and also marks the first time a player has scored 30-or-more points in a game since Tera Newnam put up 44 on Feb. 24, 2003 in an overtime loss at Southwestern Oklahoma State. It was her second-straight 20-plus point outing and the ninth of her season which ties her for the most 20-point games ion the GAC.
She turned her game up a notch in the second half, turning in 26 of her 30 points in the final 20 minutes, hitting 6-of-7 from the floor, including a 4-of-5 mark from long range, while also hitting 10-of-11 free throw tries.
She also led the way on the glass with 11 points to complete the double-double, her seventh of the year.
Ronay English came off the bench to add 13 points, while Breana Small-Peppers was next in line with nine.
SE held an edge in second chance points by a 15-8 margin, while ATU had the advantage in points off turnover and points in the paint.
The Golden Suns scored the game’s first five points and would lead for the entire first half, pushing their advantage out to 12-4 with 11:32 to go in the half in a slow starting game.
The Storm would get as close as four points in the half, but a 14-6 run would give ATU a 36-23 lead with 1:57 to go in the half.
SE would score five of the last six points in the half and cut the deficit to 37-28 at the break.
The Storm continued to cut away the deficit to open the second hald, closing to 41-39 by the 15:18 mark on an English three.
That would later narrow to a one point difference on a Natalie Ruud jumper with 13:59 to play.
A Haley Schaefer free throw with 12:46 remaining would tie the game for the first time and a Williams three with 10:55 to go would give the Storm its first lead of the game at 52-51.
SE would stretch the advantage to four points before a 7-0 run erased the lead and left the Storm behind 60-57 with 8:06 to go.
Southeastern would eventually use a 12-3 run to turn a three-point deficit into its largest lead of the game at 72-66 with 3:33 to play.
ATU, however, would answer and tie the game on a pair of Anissa Pounds free throws with 1:52 to play.
The Suns would outscore the Storm 5-2 over the final 1:52 to hand SE the 79-76 loss.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Southeastern’s Urald King led all scorers with 25 on the night, but it was Arkansas Tech who pulled away in the second half to hand the Savage Storm a 73-55 loss on Monday night in Russellville, Ark.
The loss dips SE to 8-16 overall on the season and 5-13 in Great American Conference play, moving them back into a tie with Ouachita Baptist for the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament with two games to play.
The game is King’s seventh 20-plus point game on the year, finishing with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting.
John Balwigaire was the team’s only other double-digit scorer, finishing with 10, while Taylor Smaller was just shy of the double-digit mark with eight.
King also led the team in rebounds with eight, while Smaller grabbed seven boards and dished out a team-high four assists.
The Storm held a slight 8-7 advantage in second chance points, but was unable to overcome ATU edges in points in the paint and points off turnovers.
The teams traded the lead out of the gate, with neither team holding more than a one possession advantage until the 13:16 mark of the half when a King layup off a Smaller pass put the Storm up 13-9.
That lead would grow to six points before a Wonder Boy 15-2 run flipped the score and gave the home team a 26-29 advantage with 6:54 to go in the half.
SE would close the gap back to two points before ATU scored the final bucket of the half and took a 33-29 lead into the break.
Southeastern finally regained the lead on a Balwigaire layup just over two minute into the second half at 36-35, but ATU answered and pushed its lead out to seven points.
A Balwigaire three with 13:35 to play would cut the gap to four points, but the Wonder Boys would score the next two buckets on their way to outscoring the Storm 27-12 over the remainder of the contest to pull away with the 73-55 win.
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