Cape Girardeau, Mo.
– Southeast Missouri women's basketball defeated the Murray State Racers 80-70 on Thursday night at the Show Me Center.
The game was a battle from the very beginning. In the opening quarter, both teams traded buckets back and forth for essentially the whole period, the lead never exceeding four points either way.
After one, Murray State led the Redhawks 17-13. Bria Bethea had eight in the opening quarter
for the Racers.
The game remained close in the second with the lead still never exceeding four points either way. Southeast outscored Murray State in the quarter but still remained down at halftime 35-32. The Redhawks shot 54 percent in the quarter and limited Murray to 36 percent.
SEMO remained hot from the field in the third quarter, shooting 64 percent in the period. Murray didn't shoot the ball as well as Southeast in the quarter but made just as many field goals, as they had four more attempts thanks to their six offensive rebounds.
The Redhawks outscored the Racers 24-19 in the period to take the lead 56-54 entering the fourth quarter.
Southeast hit a couple big shots early in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 10 at the 6:16 mark. The Racers went on a run over the next three minutes and cut the lead to three at 71-68 with three minutes remaining.
The Redhawks answered the with a 7-0 run over the final three minutes to extend their lead and eventually win by 10.
led the way for SEMO with 20 points going 9-9 from the field and 2-2 from the line.
had another solid night for Southeast with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
poured in 11 points and dished out eight assists.
chipped in 13 points and five rebounds off the bench.
The Redhawks are back in action in on Saturday against the Austin Peay Governors on Saturday. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. at the Show Me Center.