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Governors Outgun Redhawks, 88-84, in Season Finale
In her final collegiate game, Bianca Beck scored a career-high 18 points while dishing out six assists at Austin Peay on Saturday.

Governors Outgun Redhawks, 88-84, in Season Finale

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Five players scored in double figures to give the Southeast Missouri women's basketball team its best offensive performance of the season in a heartbreaking 88-84 season-ending loss at Austin Peay on Saturday night.

Bianca Beck scored a career-high 18 points in her final collegiate game to lead the Redhawks (7-22, 4-12 OVC). Karley Evans scored 15 in her final game while Brittany Harriel (15 points), Shelah Fields (13 points) and Bailie Roberts (10 points) each scored in double figures. Harriel also pulled down seven rebounds while Beck dished out six assists.

“Each player gave me everything they had,” Southeast head coach Ty Margenthaler said. “The attitude of the team has been great all week. This was by far our best offensive performance of the year. Austin Peay was very aggressive and they shot the lights out and also had their best performance. The team didn't lay down at the end, they fought hard to the final buzzer.

“I'm sorry for my three seniors. I told them that they started something here. Bianca was outstanding tonight and we are going to miss her next year. Her and Karley both came up big for us in their last game. I wish we could've advanced to the tournament, but I am so proud of the team. We did some good things this year to lay the foundation for the program going forward.”

The Lady Govs (8-21, 5-11 OVC) jumped ahead 4-0 in the first 2:41. Leslie Martinez hit a jumper and Jasmine Raymer made a layup. The Redhawks went the first 3:42 without a point, but Courtney Shiffer broke the drought by converting a Bianca Beck pass into a layup. Beck herself tied it up on Southeast's next possession when Karley Evans hit her on a backdoor cut to even the score at four apiece.

APSU went right back in front with five-straight points as part of a 9-2 run that elapsed over four minutes, making it 13-6. The Redhawks cut the gap to 15-11 on a pair of Harriel free throws, but a three-pointer from Whitney Hanley and a Martinez jumper gave the Lady Govs a nine-point lead and forced a Southeast timeout with 8:57 left in the opening stanza.

Southeast scored the next five points out of the timeout on a Harriel jumper and an Evans three-pointer. However, APSU's offense kept the first half from getting any closer. The Lady Govs shot 53.3 percent in the opening frame to take a 36-30 lead into halftime.

The Redhawks tallied the first four points of the second half to pull within two points at 36-34, but the Lady Govs began the final regulation feeling the outside shot. APSU drained three trifectas and opened up a 45-36 lead with 15:46 remaining.

Two Beck free throws and a Bailie Roberts cut the deficit to 45-40 with 14:38 left. The surge was halted as APSU held Southeast scoreless over the next four minutes and went on a 7-0 run to grab a 52-40 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining.

The Lady Govs' lead eventually grew to 15 points at 57-42 with under nine minutes left. The Redhawks got back to within 10 points at 57-47 thanks to a Beck free throw, a Harriel basket and two more free throws. APSU stopped the run there and led by as many as 17 points (70-53) with 4:13 left.

A frantic finish ensued over the final four minutes and change. Southeast found itself down 13 (82-69) with just 49 seconds left, but scored seven straight on baskets by Beck and Yelena Rosado followed by a three-pointer by Fields that made it a six-point game with 24 seconds left. A Beck three-pointer cut the gap to 84-79, but the Lady Govs continued to hit free throws to put the game away.

The Redhawks shot a season-best 55.6 percent from the field, including a sizzling 18-of-27 (66.7 percent) in the second half. The Lady Govs made 50.9 percent of their attempts to keep pace. Southeast also nailed 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from three-point range and hit 17-of-21 (81.0) from the foul stripe. APSU made 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from long range and 22 of its 32 (68.8 percent) free throws.

Southeast also enjoyed a 31-27 advantage in rebounding, though it committed 18 turnovers to only nine by APSU. Austin Peay outscored Southeast 24-9 off turnovers.
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