2/20/2010 12:00:00 AM
Women's Basketball Drops Road Contest to UT Martin
Feb. 20, 2010
MARTIN, Tenn. (Saturday, February 20, 2010) – The Southeast Missouri State women’s basketball team dropped their seventh-straight game of the season, falling to UT Martin, 65-43 at Skyhawk Arena on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Redhawks to 7-19 overall and 4-12 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
The Redhawks jumped out to a 10-4 lead to start the game and held a 19-16 lead with 5:46 left in the half. The Skyhawks (9-17, 7-9 OVC) then went on a 9-0 run over the next 3:03 to jump ahead 25-19.
The Redhawks cut the lead to three, 25-22 at the 1:17 mark thanks to a Shelah Fields (Riverview Gardens/St. Louis, Mo.) three-pointer. The Skyhawks countered with 5-0 run to close the half and led by eight, 30-22 heading into the locker rooms.
LaBrica Ward scored all five Skyhawk points in that run, converting a three-point play and sinking two free throws with one second remaining in the half. Ward had a double-double in the first half with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Free throw shooting provided the difference in the opening half as the Skyhawks went 10-11 from the charity stripe while the Redhawks shot just two, making one.
After the Redhawks scored the first basket of the second half, the Skyhawks responded with a 9-2 run to open up a 13-point lead, 39-26 at the 13:34 mark.
That lead jumped up to 22 points in the final minute of play as the closest the Redhawks would get in the final five minutes of play was 52-38. The Redhawks made just two field goals in the final five minutes missing their final four shots.
Both teams struggled from the field with the Redhawks shooting 32-percent and the Skyhawks shooting 34-percent. The Skyhawks did their damage from three-point range, making 11 triples, and the free throw line, finishing 18-21.
The Skyhawks held a 44-30 rebounding advantage.
The Redhawks were led offensively by Bailie Roberts (Maryville/Maryville, Tenn.) who scored 16 points off the bench on 7-14 shooting. She also collected a team-high eight rebounds and blocked a career-best three shots. It was her third-straight double-digit scoring game.
Fields finished with 13 points on 5-11 from the field including 3-7 from three-point range.
Bianca Beck (Incarnate Word/St. Louis, Mo.) had a team-high four assists. Katie Norman (Freeport/Freeport, Ill.) had three assists and two blocks.
The Skyhawks had three players in double-figures led by Ward’s 19 points. Ward also finished with a game-high 15 rebounds for her second career double-double. Cali Cupples scored 16 points, with all but one of her points coming from behind the three-point arc.
The Redhawks need to win their final two games to have a chance to secure the final OVC Tournament spot. If Jacksonville State and Tennessee State lose their final two games and finish tied with the Redhawks, the Redhawks hold the tie-breaker. A loss in any of their final two games would eliminate them from OVC Tournament contention.
The Redhawks will return to the Show Me Center for their final two games of the season. They host Tennessee State on Thursday, February 25 before concluding the season against Austin Peay on Saturday, February 27. The Austin Peay game is the Redhawks “Show Me the Sellout” game.
Specially priced group tickets for "The Show Me Sellout" can be purchased for $5 each, with a minimum purchase of 20 tickets. Redhawk fans can also sponsor tickets for area youth groups, providing an opportunity for those who might not otherwise have the ability to attend a game. Those wishing to sponsor a group can donate the purchased tickets to the department of athletics and they will be distributed on their behalf.
For more information regarding this effort, please contact the Southeast Athletics ticket office at (573) 651-2113.