Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Women’s basketball pull away late in the fourth to down Governors at home

Friday, January 11, 2019
Sophomore guard Tesia Thompson and junior forward Jessie Harshberger run along the baseline during an October practice at the Show Me Center.
Photo by Joshua Dodge ~ Photo Editor

Sophomore guard Tesia Thompson returned to the lineup with her fourth double-double of the season to lead the Southeast women’s basketball team to a 64-54 victory over Austin Peay on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Show Me Center.

Thompson, who missed the previous game against the University of Tennessee Martin on Jan. 5 due to a death in the family, had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Southeast redshirt-sophomore forward Latrese Saine had a season-high eight rebounds to go along with 12 points in 17 minutes of action.

Saine’s free throw tied up the score at 47 with 5:29 left in regulation after being fouled by the Governors’ junior guard Nieja Crawford. The Redhawks then kicked into gear by scoring 14 points over the final five minutes and holding the Governors to seven points.

The Redhawks began the game with an 8-0 run that lasted almost three minutes. The Governors (7-7 overall, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference) responded with a full-court press that gave Southeast troubles throughout the first half. Austin Peay ended the first quarter with a 13-12 lead.

It was a back-and-forth battle with the Redhawks holding a steady lead for the majority of the second quarter. Austin Peay, however, bounced back again toward the end of the quarter and went into halftime leading 28-25.

Southeast out-rebounded Austin Peay 39-33 and only missed four free throws, going 17-of-21 at the charity stripe. All five players that went to the line shot above 50 percent, including freshman guard Taelour Pruitt, who hit 4-of-4 of her attempts. Thompson went 3-of-4 on free throws and Saine went 6 of 7.

Senior guard Adrianna Murphy led the Redhawks with five assists and finished with two points. The team went 1 of 7 on 3-pointers, with redshirt-senior guard Carrie Shepard hitting the lone 3-pointer to lead off the second quarter.

Senior guard Keisha Gregory and sophomore forward Myah Leflore led Austin Peay with 13 points apiece.

Southeast (7-7 overall, 2-1 OVC) will return to the Show Me Center to host the Murray State Racers at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.