Southeast women lose to Racers

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Redhawks fell 61-52 at Murray State

The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team put up a strong road effort but could not end its losing streak.

Southeast led by three points with less than seven minutes left but suffered its sixth straight defeat, 61-52 at Murray State on Thursday night. The Redhawks have dropped 10 of their last 12 games.

The Redhawks (7-18, 4-11 Ohio Valley Conference) remained last in the 10-team OVC and fell two games out of eighth place. The top eight finishers qualify for the OVC tournament.

Defending OVC regular-season champion MSU (12-14, 7-8) moved into a fourth-place tie. The Racers also beat Southeast 90-72 on Jan. 23 in Cape Girardeau.

Thursday's rematch was a struggle for the Racers, who led 24-23 at halftime and fell behind by six points twice early in the second half.

Southeast was still ahead 47-44 with 6 minutes, 28 seconds remaining when MSU scored 10 straight points to take control at 54-47.

The Redhawks cut the deficit to 54-50 but had just two points over the final 3:46. MSU scored its last seven points from the free-throw line as Southeast was forced to foul.

Senior guard Kayla Vance led MSU with 20 points. Senior guard Mallory Luckett had a big performance with 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Freshman forward Bailie Roberts was Southeast's only double-figure scorer with 11 points.

Freshman forward Katie Norman added nine points for the Redhawks, while freshman forward Patricia Mack contributed eight points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Shelah Fields had eight points.

MSU, after not attempting a free throw in the first half, went 17 of 20 from the line in the final period. The Racers hit 7 of 10 in the last 1:16.

Southeast attempted just four free throws and made them all. The Redhawks shot 36.7 percent from the field compared to 36.5 for MSU.

The Redhawks held the OVC's highest-scoring team to nearly 10 points below its season average of 70.3 points per game.

But the Redhawks could not muster enough offense, which has been a season-long problem. They entered the night averaging just 53.2 points, including a league-worst 50.8 in OVC play.

Southeast has its final OVC road game Saturday at Tennessee-Martin (8-17, 6-9) in a contest that will go a long way toward determining the Redhawks' chances of making the conference tournament.

UTM, tied for seventh after Thursday's upset of first-place Eastern Illinois, beat host Southeast 49-46 on Jan. 21.

The Redhawks finish the regular season next week with OVC home games against Tennessee State Thursday and Austin Peay Saturday.

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