ADA, Okla. – While neither team shot well for the night, Southeastern built a double-digit fourth-quarter lead which it saw disappear over the final 5:21 of the game in a 48-43 loss to rival East Central on Monday night in Ada, Okla.
The loss drops the Savage Storm to 4-11 overall on the season and 2-7 in Great American Conference play heading into a 5:30 p.m. matchup with Southwestern Oklahoma State on Jan. 20 in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Neither team managed to surpass 30 percent shooting on the night, with SE hitting 28.8 percent from the field while going 4-of-24 from behind the arc.
Olivia Potter finished with 11 points, while Kaylie Baxter and Taylor Richards each added eight.
Emem David chipped in six and Rachel Wallace finished with five.
Baxter dished out a team-high four assists, while the Storm had 10 on 15 made baskets.
Defensively David hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds while SE held a 45-to-38 edge on the glass.
The first half scoring would have been more appropriate on the football field than the basketball court as the Storm crawled out to a 15-11 lead at the break with the teams combining for seven points in the second quarter.
The pace picked up a little in the third quarter with SE opening up a 29-22 lead after three quarters.
That lead grew to 12 points off a Wallace three and a Potter layup, going up 34-22 with 7:23 to play.
Southeastern maintained that edge after a Richards jumper with 5:36 to go at 36-24.
However, the Tigers would finish the game on a 24-6 run over the final 5:21 to erase the Storm advantage and steal a 48-43 win.
ADA, Okla. – Nothing went right for Southeastern in the second half as rival East Central pulled away over the game’s final 20 minutes to hand the Savage Storm a 94-57 defeat on Monday afternoon in Ada, Okla.
The loss dips SE to 5-10 overall on the year and 3-6 in Great American Conference play heading into a 7:30 p.m. matchup with Southwestern Oklahoma State on Jan. 20 in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The Storm shot 36.4 percent for the game, but that number suffered in the second half where they hit 27.3 percent and were unable to match the Tigers who hit 51.6 percent for the game, going 50 percent or better in both halves.
Anton Cook was the leading scorer for SE with 14 points on four threes, while Sami Bzai added nine and Tyler Lonzie chipped in eight.
Cook also led the way on the boards with five rebounds along with Lonzie, while Bzai picked up four.
The game was even out of the gate, with the Storm leading early by as many as five points, going up 24-19 on a Marti Fonolla three pointer at the 10:25 mark.
The pace slowed for SE and quickened for the Tigers at that point who finished out the first half by outscoring the Storm 23-12 to take a 42-36 lead at the break.
ECU opened the second half on a 19-2 run to open up a 61-38 lead and the Storm would never recover, trailing by as many as 40 points before settling on a 94-57 final score.
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