Otahkians reach tourney final

Saturday, December 1, 2001

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State's women's basketball team improved to 4-1 Friday night with a 70-57 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Unilever Lady Tiger Tournament semifinals.

The Othakians improved to 4-1 and led in nearly every statistically category. Southeast shot 46 percent compared to TAMUCC's 34 percent.

Christine Rathke, making her first start of the season, led Southeast with 18 points, followed by Lori Chase with 16. Veronica Benson led the Otahkians with 11 rebounds and five assists. Chase also had eight rebounds.

Southeast led 34-25 at halftime.

The Otahkians were on fire from 3-point range, hitting 10 of their 17 attempts. Rathke was 3 of 4 from behind the arc.

The Islanders, meanwhile, hit only five of its 22 shots from 3-point range as it fell to 4-1.

TAMUCC was led by Kristin Rogers, who scored 12 points.

Southeast was a bit careless with the ball, turning the ball over 18 times, compared to the Islanders' 13.

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