Southeastern teams continue conference play with a road trip to Tahlequah Wednesday to take on Northeastern. SE returns home to host another in-state rival, Central Oklahoma, Saturday.
The Storm Women were led by a trio of players in double figures. Ashley Tucker and Jasmine Hughey each scored 17 points, while Destiny Brown had a monster game in the paint with 18 rebounds and 14 points. Tucker also dished out seven assists.
“Tucker has stepped up for us big time. She’s taking care of the ball and not turning it over. Brown has been consistent for us all year. She had 18 rebounds, and a double-double in the first half. She’s so, so consistent for us.”
The Storm controlled the game almost from the get-go, answering an opening ECU basket with a 10-0 run. ECU cut the lead back to two points six unanswered but SE ended the half with a 38-21 lead.
Southeastern led by as much as 23 points six minutes into the second half, but they could not sustain that momentum with the second team on the floor.
East Central began to chip away until the pulled within 10 before the next player swap, and cut the lead back to within single digits inside of four minutes.
SE extended the lead at the foul line, converting its final 7-of-8.
“I left those guys in too long, and let it get to 10, and we should not have been there,” said SE coach Darin Grover of the second team. “It took a lot to get that momentum back.”
East Central used an 8-0 run near the end of the first half to build a 12-point lead. Will Robinson cut it to nine with a 3-pointer inside the last 30 seconds, but the shooting was mostly cold for SE until the final four minutes of regulation.
ECU led 55-45 inside of four minutes to play until Derrien Williams and Mychal Horn knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers. Zach Scrivner made it an 8-0 run with a steal and a lay-up and pulled the Storm within two points for the first time since early in the first half.
Scrivner then answered an ECU jumper with a 3-pointer to put it within one points, and the Storm stayed within two points, at 59-57 inside of the last 90 seconds. Mychal Horn brought the game to overtime with two clutch free throws, and Williams nearly sealed the game by stealing the inbound but couldn’t knock down the jumper.
“Zach Scrivner came in and gave us a huge spark,” said SE coach Tony Robinson. “He came in and brought a lot of energy and the other guys fed off of that.”
The first overtime period began with a Robinson 3-pointer, but ECU led by as much as four after a pair of turnovers. Horn hit a 3-pointer with 1:07 left to give SE a 69-68 lead, and neither team could managed a basket in the last minute.
Figgs was fouled on the floor, but went to the line in the bonus. He made the first shot to tie the game with five-tenths remaining, but the second shot was nullified with lane violation.
The score was tied 75-all at the 2:30 mark in double overtime, but the next two baskets belong to the Storm. Nate Pope hit a short jumper and William Slones made it two possessions with a putback with 21 seconds left. Robinson sealed the win with a foul shot in the final five seconds.
Robinson led the Storm with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Horn added 18 points and nine assists and Slones notched a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
“It was a tough fought game, and that’s the way it is win we play East Central,” said coach Robinson. “Our guys needed to win like this. We still have a shot at making the playoffs, and that’s our goal.”