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Shiffer’s Career Night Leads Redhawks Past Lions, 66-56
Courtney Shiffer grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and made 9-of-10 free throws to finish with 13 points on Saturday.

Shiffer’s Career Night Leads Redhawks Past Lions, 66-56

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. –
Courtney Shiffer grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and poured in 13 points for her first career double-double to lead the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team to a 66-56 victory over Lindenwood at the Show Me Center on Saturday.

Shiffer made nine of her 10 free throws and was one of three Redhawks (2-7) to score in double figures. Karley Evans led Southeast with 15 points, making 4-for-8 from three-point range and Bianca Beck poured in 11 more. Lindenwood's (3-4) Morgan Harrington scored a game-high 16 points and Sarah Schnieders tallied 12.

The Lions scored on their first two possessions courtesy of a Melissa Lehnig three and a Shnieders jumper to go up 5-0 51 seconds into the contest.

The lead wouldn't last as the Redhawks countered a 16-5 run to grab a 16-10 lead. Courtney Shiffer scored on a set inbound play and Karley Evans hit a three-pointer from the wing to even the score at 5-5. After a pair of LU free throws, Southeast got baskets from Brittany Harriel, Allyson Bradshaw and Bailie Roberts to go ahead for the first time. Evans continued the onslaught with a three-point play and Patricia Mack concluded the spurt with an offensive rebound and a put back.

Lindenwood crawled back within a point by scoring on consecutive possessions. Two Schnieders free throws and a Harrington three-pointer made it 16-15.

Undeterred, Southeast got two free throw makes from Bradshaw and Harriel scored six-straight Southeast points to help the Redhawks grab a 24-19 lead with 6:56 remaining in the first half.

Southeast's lead would be as large as eight in the first half, though LU managed to eat into the gap a little bit, making the score 33-28 in favor of the Redhawks at the break. Southeast held Lindenwood to only 28.6 percent shooting in the first half while hitting 43.3 percent of its shots. The Redhawks also dished out eight assists and enjoyed a 21-17 advantage in rebounding.

A Bianca Beck layup put Southeast back up seven to start the second half, but Lindenwood made it a one possession game on a three-pointer by Harrington, making it 38-36 at the 14:48 mark.

Southeast countered with six unanswered points of its own to get the lead back to eight points as Roberts made two layups and Shiffer followed with two free throws. After the Lions pulled to within three (46-43) with 9:09 left, Karley Evans capped an 8-0 run with a three-pointer to give the Redhawks a 54-43 lead at the 7:30 mark, their first double-digit lead of the season.

Southeast led by as many as 16 points with two and a half minutes left and its lead never got below nine points the rest of the way.

Southeast shot 35.6 percent from the field and held Lindenwood to 34 percent shooting. The Redhawks held a 43-33 edge in rebounding and forced 16 turnovers while committing only 13 themselves. LU hit 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from three-point range compared to Southeast's 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) mark from beyond the arc. Southeast made 20-of-25 free throws (a season-high 80 percent) while Lindenwood hit 14-of-17 (82.4 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Redhawks are off until Dec. 10, when they travel to Western Michigan.
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