LAWTON, Okla. – Despite rallying from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game, Southeastern was unable to finish off the rally with a win as Cameron hit late free throws to hand the Savage Storm an 80-77 loss on Wednesday night in Lawton, Okla.
The loss drops SE to 3-7 on the year heading into the Christmas break with its next game being a return to Bloomer Sullivan Arena for Great American Conference play against Arkansas Tech at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 7.
SE had four double-digit scorers with Emem David leading the way with a career-high 25 points, shattering her previous best of 10, after going 11-of-14 from the floor.
Olivia Potter was right on her heels with 24 points after going 7-of-15 from the floor, all from beyond the three-point line.
Rachel Wallace added a 50.0 percent shooting effort to finish with 13 points, while Taylor Richards went 6-of-6 at the free throw line and finished with 10 points.
Southeastern finished the night shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and 32.0 percent from behind the arc, but were unable to overtake the aggies who hit 51.9 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from long range.
Richards facilitated the offense with a game-high eight assists as the Storm dished out 20 as a team, with Wallace and Kaylie Baxter adding four apiece.
Wallace was the game’s high rebounder with eight boards, while David added six.
The Storm entered the fourth quarter trailing by six and saw that double by the midway point of the final frame to a 73-61 deficit.
Back-to-back David buckets would kick off a 14-2 run, starting with six points from Davis and finishing with back-to-back Potter threes to knot the game at 75-75 with 1:19 to play.
CU would go 5-of-6 at the free throw line in the final minute and SE was unable to score until Richards hit a pair of free throws with 11 seconds to go which would fashion the 80-77 final score.
Southeastern came out of the gate strong, jumping out to a 13-3 lead on a Wallace three at the 4:28 mark of the first quarter before settling on a 19-13 lead after the first 10 minutes.
The Storm again pushed its lead into double-figures, going up 34-23 on a David layup with 4:52 to play in the first half, but the Aggies finished the half on a 26-13 run in a furious final four minutes and SE trailed 49-47 at halftime.
Southeastern would twice take a one-point lead in the early going of the third quarter, but CU would take the quarter by the low score of 13-9 and stretch its lead to six points heading into the final quarter.
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