Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Women’s basketball falls after hot streak

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Sophomore forward Tesia Thompson dribbles past EIU's Grace Lennex at the Show Me Center on Jan. 26.
Photo by Kate Marshall ~ Photo Editor

The Southeast women’s basketball team saw its first three-game win streak of the season end with a pair of Ohio Valley Conference losses last week.

The redhawks suffered both losses in Nashville, Tennessee, losing 91-57 to Belmont on Thursday and falling to Tennessee State on Saturday. The Redhawks (10-11 overall and, 5-5 Ohio Valley Conference) lost to the Belmont Bruins 91-57 Thursday, Jan. 31. Sophomore guard Tesia Thompson recorded her 17th double-double of the season against Belmont with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Thompson was the lone Redhawk to reach double figures in scoring as no other Southeast player finished with more than five points. Sophomore forward Kennedi Allen had a season-high four blocks against the Bruins.

Belmont led Southeast the entire game with a 19-point lead, 42-23, at halftime. The Bruins made eight 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes as well as a 9-0 lead early on their way to a season high 91 points. Their largest lead was 35 points with 3:18 left in the game. The Bruins, 15-5 overall, are in first place in the OVC with an 8-1 conference mark..

The Redhawks found themselves in a more competitive contest against Tennessee State Tigers on Saturday but came up short with a 62-59 loss. Redshirt junior guard Carrie Shephard led Southeast with 20 points, and Thompson had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Southeast junior forward Jocelyn Taylor had a career-high four blocks in the game along with seven points.

Tennessee State (3-19 overall, 3-7 OVC) opened the game on a 12-0 run and finishing the first quarter with a 22-11 lead. The Redhawks, who trailed 24-29 at halftime, closed the gap to three points in the third quarter but never took the lead. Southeast committed 22 turnovers against the Tigers.

Southeast fell from fifth place to seventh place in the OVC standings with the losses. The Redhawks continue OVC play this week, No. 2 ranked Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Feb. 7, and eighth-seeded Jacksonville State on Feb. 9. Both games will be played at the Show Me Center.