Southeast Missouri (6-8, 0-1 OVC)
vs. Eastern Kentucky (3-10, 0-0 OVC)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016
Tipoff: 12 p.m.
Location: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Arena: Show Me Center
Series: SEMO trails 13-31
(21-23, second season)
Chrissy Roberts (103-138, ninth season)
Radio: SEMO ESPN 1220 AM | Listen Online
Play-by-play: Erik Sean
Analysis: Jess Bolen
Live Stats: GoSoutheast.com
Live Video: OVC Digital Network
Follow the Redhawks on Twitter for in-game updates @SEMOwbb
Complete Game Notes: Southeast Missouri
| Eastern Kentucky
Southeast Missouri women's basketball (6-8, 0-1) plays host to Eastern Kentucky (3-10, 0-0) on New Year's Eve. Saturday's tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m., noon from the Show Me Center.
Follow the Redhawks
Saturday's game will be streamed live and for free on the OVC Digital Network. Fans can listen to the game live on the radio on SEMO ESPN 1220 AM with Erik Sean and Jess Bolen. The broadcast can also be streamed on SEMOESPN.com and on the SEMO ESPN app. Live stats will be available at GoSoutheast.com. Live Twitter updates will be available at @SEMOwbb.
A Look at What's Ahead
The Redhawks will open a four-game road stretch beginning with two games in Nashville, Tennessee next week. The road swing begins Thursday at Tennessee State followed by Belmont on Saturday. Southeast will then set its sights on OVC powerhouses UT Martin (Jan. 14) and SIUE (Jan. 18).
Southeast will look to snap a five-game losing streak to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. The Redhawks trail in the all-time series 13-31 and are 8-12 at home against EKU. The last two meetings have been decided by a combined four points including a one-point loss on the road a season ago. That loss was SEMO's only loss in its first six OVC games last season.
Scouting the Colonels
Saturday's game will be the first OVC game for EKU, who finished non-conference play with a 3-10 record. EKU began the season with a two-point victory over Bowling Green but has since gone 2-10 with wins over Morgan State and Ohio Valley University. The Colonels are currently riding a four-game losing streak. EKU closed out non-conference play with an 81-66 loss to UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday. Alexus Cooper leads the team with 12.9 points against but is closely followed by Preseason OVC Player of the Year Jalen O'Bannon with 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. O'Bannon has come off the bench in six games this season including the last three. Shavontae Naylor, who has been voted OVC Newcomer of the Week twice, scores 11.8 points a game and leads the team with a 6.8 rebounding average.
Southeast Missouri women's basketball dropped a 74-63 decision to Tennessee Tech in the conference opener Thursday at the Show Me Center. Southeast had a hard time defending a Tennessee Tech offense that shot 53 percent in the game and 47 percent from 3-point range. The Redhawks were led by a 19-point performance from Olivia Hackmann
. Hackmann registered her highest point total in seven games. She pulled in six rebounds, hit three 3-pointers, and was 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Coming off a near-triple-double, Bri Mitchell
picked up 13 points with eight rebounds on Thursday. She handed out two assists and was also perfect from the free-throw line at 3-for-3. Hannah Noe
's five-game double-digit point streak came to an end after falling just short with nine total points on three treys. She dished out a team-high and season-best four assists.
Nearly to One Thousand
will soon be the 17th member of Southeast Missouri's 1,000-point club. The redshirt-senior needs just 19 points to join the elite club; she currently has 981 career points. Fellow senior Bri Mitchell
has ticked under one hundred points needed with 903 in her career. There are 16 total members of Southeast's 1,000-point club, only seven of which have come in the Division I era. Sonya Daugherty and Tarina Nixon (2005-09) were the last inducted into the club.
Taking Better Care of the Ball
Since back-to-back 20+ turnover games against Louisiana and Alcorn State, the Redhawks have improved its handling of the ball. In seven games, the Redhawks have had 13 or less turnovers in five including two games with just eight (Stephens College) and seven (Tennessee Tech) turnovers. Following the Louisiana game, Southeast averaged 4.3 more turnovers a game. Now, SEMO has worked to average 0.4 turnovers less than its opponents.
The Redhawks finished non-conference play just under .500 at 6-7. A total of three Redhawks averaged double-digit points, led by Olivia Hackmann
with 14.2 points per game. Hackmann is also one of the top rebounders on the team, co-leading with a 6.5 rebounding average with Deja Jones
. As a team, the Redhawks' 226 assists ranks 15th in the country while their 3-point shooting (39.5%) ranks 14th and 3-pointers made ranks 15th. Southeast's 540 total rebounds ranks 23rd in the country.
Wiping the Glass
Southeast Missouri ranks as one of the best rebounding teams in the country, ranking 16th in total rebounds with 583; however, Southeast's 41.64 rebounds per game ranks 74th nationally. The Redhawks had a season-high 59 rebounds against Lipscomb on Dec. 6.
As a team, Southeast Missouri ranks 14th nationally in 3-point field goals made (111) and 28th in 3-point field goal percentage (.380). In the OVC, the Redhawks rank second behind Belmont in 3-pointers made but lead in 3-point shooting. Hannah Noe
's 43 3-pointers rank 13th in the country, second in the league. Noe has 93 career made 3-pointers, ranking her tied for seventh in Southeast's career top-10 list. The Redhawks' 16 3-pointers against Stephens (Dec. 4) ranks tied for seventh-most in Division I this season.
Help! I Need Somebody
Sophomore point guard Adrianna Murphy
is eighth in the nation with 90 assists this season. Her 6.4 assists per game ranks 19th. Murphy has had two double-digit assist performances this season including a career-high 14. Her 14-assist game is the sixth most in an NCAA game this season. Senior Bri Mitchell
recorded her first double-digit assist game against Alabama A&M with 12. As a team, the Redhawks rank 13th in the nation with 239 total assists.