By Randy Bruce
December 17, 2013
DENTON, Texas - Turnovers and a cold shooting performance doomed Southeastern to a 62-56 loss on Monday night to Texas Woman’s in Denton, Texas.
The loss dropped the Savage Storm to 5-3 overall on the season and was the final contest of 2013 as SE will nest be in action when it jumps back in the Great American Conference play against Southern Arkansas at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 in Magnolia, Ark.
On the night Southeastern turned the ball over 23 times and shot just 28.3 percent from the floor.
Compounding matter was the inordinate number of fouls called in the game, with SE suffering the most with 32 whistles against. Breana Small-Peppers was the only player to foul out, but four of the five Storm starters finished the game with four fouls, as did Shelby Hill coming off the bench. TWU was called for 29 fouls.
Despite the shooting effort, the turnovers and the stop-and-go nature of the game, the Storm managed to claw out an eight point lead in the early stages of the second half and an Emily Williams layup with 7:13 to play would put SE in front 51-39.
However, that would be the final field goal of the contests for Southeastern as TWU took the lead with 4:16 to play and would not relinquish it, outscoring the Storm 12-5 over the final 4:16 including that bucket, eventually handing SE the 62-56 loss.
Haley Schaefer turned in a double-double to lead the way for Southeastern, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds while also adding a pair of blocked shots.
Williams was right behind with 13 points, doing most of her damage at the free throw line where she was 9-of-11.
Schaefer’s 10 boards led all rebounders as the Storm held a 46-to-44 edge on the glass, with Kaylie Baxter adding seven in the effort.
The Storm fell, behind early with TWU taking a 5-1 lead out of the gate, but a quick 5-0 spurt would give SE its first lead of the day.
The teams would trade punches to a 10-10 tie before a Natalie Ruud three keyed another 5-0 run that gave the Storm a 15-10 lead with 13:01 to play in the half.
The Pioneers would claw back and tie the game at 16-16, but SE would slowly pull out to its biggest lead of the first half at 27-19 following a Shelby Hill three pointer with 4:56 to go in the half.
TWU, however, would outscore the Storm 6-2 to end the half and cut the SE lead to 29-25 at halftime.
That lead would grow to eight early in the half, but the Pioneers would slowly whittle away at the advantage before tying the game at 39-39 with 14:14 to play.
TWU would briefly take the lead, as would SE over the next few minutes until the two clubs had battled to a 49-49 tie with 7:32 to play.