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Women's Basketball Loses 85-69 to Morehead State

Women's Basketball Loses 85-69 to Morehead State

Jan. 13, 2011

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By Patrick Clark
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Southeast Missouri State women’s basketball team couldn’t keep up with visiting Morehead State’s high-powered offense on Thursday night, falling 85-69 at the Show Me Center.

A 15-6 Eagles (12-5, 5-2 OVC) over the final 2:31 proved to be the difference as the Redhawks dropped their third-straight and second at home.

The game was much closer than the final score indicated, featuring ten lead changes and five ties.

The Eagles jumped out to a 15-6 lead to start the game, despite missing 11 of their first 16 field goal attempts thanks to a smothering Redhawks defense.

The defensive play spurred a 12-0 run by the Redhawks. Who grabbed their first lead, 18-15 with 5:35 left in the opening half.

Sophomore Bailie Roberts (Maryville/Maryville, Tenn.) keyed the run with five points.

The two teams traded leads over the next 2:30 until the Eagles used a 6-0 run to go up 28-23 at the 1:31 mark.

That five point lead held till half as the Eagles took a 30-25 lead into the locker room.

The Eagles led despite shooting just 29-percent from the field including a dismal 5-percent (1-18) from three point range.

The Redhawks shot 33-percent but were out-rebounded 29-20 in the opening half including 11-1 on the offensive end.

An 8-0 Redhawks run to start the second half highlighted by a Katie Norman (Freeport/Freeport, Ill.) three-pointer and Courtney Shiffer (Highland C.C./Freeport, Ill.) three-point play gave the lead back to the home team.

Back-to-back three-pointers by the Eagles gave them the lead back, 36-33 until Norman drained a triple to knot the game up for the third time.

Roberts hit a short jumper to give them a 38-36 lead with 15:40 left. That would be the last lead of the game for the Redhawks as the Eagles offense picked up.

The Redhawks kept pace with the frantic pace but a 6-0 Eagles run at the halfway point of the second half gave them breathing room. The closest the Redhawks would get from there was 62-58 with 4:37 left.

After combining for 55 points in the first half, the two teams totaled for 99 in the second.

Both teams shot 47-percent in the second half but the Eagles found their three-point stroke, hitting 8-19. They also converted all 13 of their free throw attempts in the second half, including eight in the final minute of play.

The Redhawks out-shot the Eagles from the field, 41-percent to 39-percent for the game, but were held to a disadvantage in rebounding.

The Eagles recorded 52 boards, including 20 on the offensive glass. The Redhawks finished with 35 rebounds and just six offensively.

Norman led the Redhawks in scoring with 16 points on 6-12 shooting. It marked the fifth time in six games she scored in double figures.

Roberts came off the bench to finish with 14 points, tying her season-high. She went 6-12 from the field and led the team with six rebounds.

Brittany Harriel (Lakota West/Cincinnati, Ohio), Jasmine Davis (Hughes Center/Cincinnati, Ohio) and Karley Evans (Mineral Area College/Rock Port, Mo.) each finished with nine points apiece.

Shiffer scored seven points and recorded five rebounds. She led all players with three blocked shots and three steals.

The Eagles had all five of their starters finish in double-figures led by Allie Turner’s game-high 24 points. All 11 of her field goal attempts came from behind the three-point arc and she made six of those attempts.

Ashar Harris recorded her tenth double-double of the season with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Linda Dixon also had a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Redhawks conclude their three-game homestand on Saturday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. against Eastern Kentucky.

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