WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Southeastern got double-doubles from Emily Williams and Breana Small-Peppers en route to a 78-75 victory over Texas-Permian Basin in the first game away from home on the season as part of the Ashbrook Classic in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The win gets the Savage Storm off to a 2-0 start on the year.
Williams paced SE with a 20 point performance and wrapped up her double-double with 10 rebounds on the night.
Small-Peppers led the team in rebounds with 11 and added 10 points in the effort.
Taylor Richards also turned in a double-digit scoring night with 13 points, while also adding seven rebounds and five assists.
The Storm held a 44.4 percent–to-32.3 percent advantage in shooting for the contest, including a 4-of-7 night from long range.
SE also dominated the boards on the night, hauling in 53 rebounds to UTPB’s 34.
Small Peppers and Williams led the rebounding effort, with Richards seven next followed by Haley Schaefer at six.
The Storm was aided by a 16-6 advantage in second chance points along with a 36-10 edge in points in the paint, but had to overcome a high turnover night that helped the Falcons to a 24-15 edge in points off turnovers.
UTPB used an early run to mount a nine point lead before the first media timeout, which would grow to as many as 13 points by the midway point of the first half.
SE would chip away at that edge, however, and tie the game on a Schaefer layup with 3:49 to go in the first half at 34-34.
SE would then take the lead and go up by as many as five before the teams settled on as 44-44 tie at the halftime break.
The Storm score first in the second half and took control early, pushing tis lead out to 56-49 on a free throw by Richards with 14:35 to play.
UTPB would eventually regain the lead briefly, but a Ronay English layup with 9:36 to play would give the Storm the lead for good.
It would remain within a couple possessions for the rest of the game, with the Storm clinging to a one point lead as neither team could get a bucket to fall in the final minute until Williams was sent to the free throw line with three seconds remaining where she sank a pair of free throws and SE would hold out for the 78-75 win.
Note: Due to deadlines, Saturday’s game results between SE and Midwestern State will be in Tuesady’s edition.