Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from the Show Me Center.
11/13/2013 7:10:00 PM
Redhawks Host 'Roos Thursday
: ESPN 92.9 FM | Live Streaming
: OVC Digital Network
: Southeast Missouri
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.
– The Southeast Missouri women's basketball team (1-1) will host the Kangaroos of UMKC (0-1) Thursday. Tip off is slated for 6:30 p.m. from the Show Me Center. The game can be seen for free on the OVC Digital Network.
UMKC dropped their season-opener to North Texas on Nov. 9, 77-70. UMKC led UNT in overall rebounding 51-48 but were out-scored by 16 in second chance points. The Roos were forced into 24 turnovers in the game.
Kansas City guard Eilise O'Connor was named the first 2013-14 Western Atlantic Conference Player of the Week after opening the season with 27 points on 50% shooting, and a career-high 10 rebounds. She made 17 free throws in the game on 19 attempts.
Take a Kid to the Game Night
Thursday's game will be Take a Kid to the Game Night. All kids ages 14 and under will recieve free admission to the game when accompanied by a paying adult.
Welcome to the WAC
Against current Western Athletic Conference schools, Southeast holds a 12-5 advantage. The Redhawks are 4-3 against the 'Roos of UMKC, 4-0 against Chicago State, and 4-1 against Texas Pan-American. The only WAC school Southeast has a losing record against is New Mexico State, who holds a slight 1-0 advantage on the Redhawks.
The Southeast Missouri bench combined for 37 points against Alabama A&M and 21 points against Bradley. Against Alabama A&M, Olivia Hackmann
tallied 12 points and two assists off the bench in 23 minutes of play. Hackmann's 12 points were the second highest on the team in the season opener. Hackmann followed that up with nine points. Four others scored six or more points off the bench against AAMU for the Redhawks including Brittany Harris
who also tacked on four rebounds.
After averaging 10.6 points in conference play (8.5 overall) as a freshman, Kara Wright
was voted onto the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team by the league's coaches and sports information directors. The Louisville, Ky., native is the lone underclassman on the preseason all-conference team. She earned a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer team, the first Redhawks to earn postseason All-OVC honors since the 2008-09 season.
The poll tabbed Southeast to finish fifth in the OVC West Division. The Redhawks garnered 61 voting points.
Three-time defending OVC Tournament Champion UT Martin is the preseason favorite once again with 22 first-place votes and 132 voting points. SIU Edwardsville (103 points; two first-place votes), Eastern Illinois (85 points), Murray State (68 points), Southeast and Austin Peay (42 points) round out the predicted order of finish in the OVC West.
On the other side, Tennessee Tech grabbed 12 first-place votes and 119 voting points to lay claim as the preseason OVC East favorite. Belmont earned nine first-place votes and 115 points to check in at second. Eastern Kentucky (95 points; three first-place votes), Morehead State (66 points), Tennessee State (65 points) and Jacksonville State (32 points) make up the rest of the East poll.
Southeast returns senior point guard Jordan Hunter
, who had a strong debut season after transferring from Crowder Community College. Hunter scored 263 points (second on the team) while starting all 29 games. She scored in double figures 13 times, the most among returning players, and finished the season with 115 assists (seventh in the OVC). Her assist total was the most at Southeast since Sarah Costello dished out 144 dimes in the 2003-04 season.
A Thing for Boards
The Redhawks have the largest rebounging margin in the OVC currently with +5.5. Southeast is averaging 46 rebound a games while their opponents average 40.5.
The Redhawks have the top returning rebounder in the league in senior Patricia Mack
. The Columbus, Ohio native ranked fourth in the OVC by averaging a career-high 9.3 rebounds per game (fourth in the OVC), grabbing 10 or more boards 14 times a year ago after doing so seven total times prior to last season. Mack's 270 rebounds last season were the seventh most in school history and the third-highest figure since the program moved to Division I prior to the 1991-92 season.
Three's for Days
In the young season, Southeast is leading the OVC in three-point percntage with .462 as a tem.
Junior guard Allyson Bradshaw
is back in the mix after enjoying a prolific three-point shooting campaign a year ago. Bradshaw led the Redhawks with 48 three-pointers and averaged 8.2 points per game in 27 games (10 starts). The Cape Girardeau, Mo., native has drilled 82 threes in her first two seasons, which is tied for the eighth most in school history.
Southeast boasts eight newcomers on this year's roster, seven of whom are eligible
to contribute immediately. Guards Brianna Mitchell
, Ashton Luttrull
and Jade Holly
join forwards Bailey Geiman
and Brittany Harris
as the five freshmen on the roster. Southeast also tapped into the junior college ranks to bolster its front court, adding posts Hillary Lively
and Kenyada Brown
from Danville Area Community College and Moberly Area Community College, respectively. While those seven will be able to play right away, perhaps the biggest gem is the transfer of guard Jasmine Robinson
from Alabama. Robinson will sit out the 2013-14 season, but has one more year of eligibility after lettering three times with the Crimson Tide, including averaging a team-high 11.4 points per game as a sophomore in the 2011-12 campaign.