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Women's Basketball Loses to UT Martin, 85-55 in Home Finale

Women's Basketball Loses to UT Martin, 85-55 in Home Finale

Feb. 19, 2011

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By Patrick Clark
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The short-handed Southeast Missouri State women’s basketball team put forth a valiant effort but couldn’t keep pace with the top offensive team in the Ohio Valley Conference on Saturday evening, eventually falling 85-55 to the University of Tennessee Martin in their final home game of the season.

The Skyhawks (17-10, 12-4 OVC) used a first half 11-0 run and a barrage of three-point shots to pull away from the injury-riddled Redhawks (8-18, 4-12 OVC).

Playing with five players, including three starters on the bench due to injuries, the Redhawks started the game hot offensively as they made six of their first nine shots to grab a 13-11 lead.

The Skyhawks countered with their run to make 22-13 in their favor. They later expanded their lead to 26 points in the first half in part to a 15-4 run capped by Heather Butler’s lay-in with 1:16 remaining.

A three-pointer by Katie Norman (Freeport/Freeport, Ill.) and a lay-up by Shelah Fields (Riverview Gardens/St. Louis, Mo.) in the final 00:41 seconds cut the Skyhawks lead to 21 points, 50-29 at the half.

The Redhawks shot 46-percent in the opening half but the Skyhawks countered by hitting half of their 36 attempts including 10 three-pointers.

In the second half, the Redhawks scored the first four points for either team on consecutive lay-ups by Courtney Shiffer (Highland C.C./Freeport, Ill.) to make it 50-33.

That would be the closest they would get the remainder of the game as the Skyhawks reeled off eight-straight points and scored 22 of the next 30 points to jump ahead, 72-41 with 10:34 left to play.

The Skyhawks would grab two leads of 33 points in the final eight minutes.

The Redhawks were out-rebounded 42-31 and committed 21 turnovers. The Skyhawks turned those miscues into a 36-14 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Redhawks did hold a 34-18 edge in points in the paint.

The Skyhawks finished the game shooting 45-percent and the Redhawks finished at 41-percent.

The Skyhawks made 16 three-pointers, one off their team record, and finished at 47-percent from three-point range.

Erika Lane (West High School/Knoxville, Tenn.) led three Redhawks in double figures with 13 points. She also recorded a career-high five assists.

Shiffer had her second-straight solid game offensively, finishing with 10 points on 5-10 shooting. She also tied for team-high honors with six rebounds.

Fields came off the bench to finish with 10 points.

Bianca Beck (Incarnate Word/St. Louis, Mo.) had a season-high five assists.

Junior Amber Holmes (Cornerstone Christian/San Antonio, Texas) made her first start of the season and third of her career and played solid in a career-high 34 minutes of action. She tied her career-best with four points on 2-4 shooting and set new career-highs with six rebounds and two blocks.

The Skyhawks had four players in double-figures led by Butler’s 19 points.

The Redhawks conclude the season with three-straight road games starting with a rescheduled contest against future conference member Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville on Monday, February 21. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center.

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