Southeastern drops two at SNU

By Randy Bruce

January 19, 2014

Lady Storm rally falls short at SNU:

DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern nearly erased an eight-point deficit in the final two minutes, but could not regain the lead after closing the gap to one point with 21 seconds to play and the Savage Storm’s road woes continued in a 90-85 loss to Southern Nazarene in Bethany, Okla.

The loss drops SE to 8-6 overall on the season and 5-3 in Great American Conference play.

It is also the third-straight loss for the Storm and the second-straight away from home. It also drops the team’s road record to 2-5.

After a pair of SNU free throws with just under two minutes to play the Crimson Storm held an 85-77 lead over SE.

With 30 seconds to play Olivia Potter sank a three to cut the deficit to 85-82, and after a 1-of-2 effort at the free throw line for SNU another Potter three would make the score 86-85 with 21 seconds left.

The Crimson Storm would go 4-of-4 at the free throw line and the Savage Storm was unable to hit shots on its remaining possessions and SNU held on for the 90-85 win.

Emily Williams matched the game-high in points with 28 points, while Potter turned in her first double-digit outing with 11 points on the strength of three three-point buckets.

Taylor Richards and Haley Schaefer each added nine.

Williams led all rebounders on the floor with seven boards with Kaylie Baxter right behind at six.

Richards would also dish out a team-high five assists.

SE held a slight advantage in points off turnovers at 10-8, however SNU held a 13-5 edge in second chance points and a 32-18 advantage in point in the paint.

The teams were neck-and-neck from the tip before an 8-0 Crimson Storm run turned a two point SE lead into a six point deficit.

The Storm would regain the lead briefly, and twice tie the score in the waning moments of the first half before SNU took a 44-40 lead into the break.

That deficit grew to nine points quickly into the second frame and the Crimson Storm would hold the lead through the entire second half, growing it to as many as 13 points with 3:22 to play.

SE would make a last ditch push , scoring the next seven points and eventually closing the deficit to one point with 21 second to play, but SNU would hit its free throws in the final seconds to hold off the rally.

SNU Pulls Away Late in SE Loss:

BETHANY, Okla. - Southeastern shot an uncharacteristically low 36.7 percent from the field and was unable to keep pace with Southern Nazarene in the second half en route to an 84-51 loss on Saturday afternoon in Bethany, Okla.

The Savage Storm slip to 4-9 on the year with the loss extending the team’s losing skid to nine games. SE is now 2-6 in Great American Conference play.

Anton Cook was the team’s only double-digit scorer with 14 points thanks to three three-point buckets.

Taylor Smaller and Urald King each added eight points and Daichi Taniguchi chipped in seven off the bench.

A rough 33.3 percent in the second half led to SE’s 36.7 percent which ranks near the bottom single game efforts this season, and that was counteracted by SNU hitting 50.0 percent from the field, including 10 threes.

SE was shackled with 18 turnovers and dished out just five assists.

King turned in another double-digit performance on the glass with 10 boards, but SNU held a 35-to-31 edge in total rebounds.

The Storm trailed SNU in points in the paint, 28-20, and points off turnovers, 25-10. The teams were even in second chance buckets, but the Crimson Storm led 12-2 in fast break points and its bench outscored SE’s bench 31-13.

The teams traded buckets out of the gate and SE would jump in front 19-17 midway through the first half on a Smaller three pointer.

SNU would take the lead with five straight points, but a pair of Randy Peters free throws cut the deficit to one point with 6:39 to play in the half.

The Crimson Storm would then reel off a 10-0 run to lead 32-21 with 3:32 to play in the half before SE would whittle the deficit back down to 35-28 at halftime.

Southeastern twice cut the gap to five points early in the second half, but a 6-0 spurt by SNU would push their lead to double-digits.

SE would claw back and close the score to within six points, and still trailed by single digits with 8:49 to play in the game at 55-46.

SNU, however, would outscore the Storm 29-5 in the final eight minutes to hand SE the 84-51 loss.