Southeast men's basketball top Illinois-Chicago, 67-52
Southeast Missouri State University forward Patricia Mack grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in the Redhawks' 67-52 win over the University of Illinois-Chicago Saturday at the Show Me Center.
"I've got to give a big shout out to our basketball team," Southeast coach Ty Margenthaler said. "I thought we played very unselfish, really hard and we did everything we needed to do to win against a good UIC team."
Mack also added six points to help the team improve to 4-4 overall and 2-0 at home.
"Patricia, she's an energy person," Margenthaler said. "Everyone wants to be around her energy and leadership. You can't coach that, that's all Trish. Her rebounding and her effort is tremendous. Our basketball team has a tremendous amount of confidence when she's out there."
Southeast guard Jordan Hunter also led the Redhawks with a career-high 18 points while grabbing five rebounds and two steals. It was the third time she scored in double digits this season.
"She's starting to feel more comfortable," Margenthaler said. "She's a point guard that can score and I wanted five players on the court that can score and she can give us that. I thought Jordan really held her own because they were a really scrappy team."
With 11 minutes,12 seconds left in the first half, the Redhawks were tied 12-12 before Southeast guard Allyson Bradshaw nailed a 3-point jumper to put the Redhawks up 15-12. Southeast guard Bailie Roberts also added two more with 9:59 left in the half.
UIC guard Rachel Story, who was guarded by Hunter, tied the game at 17-17. Story, who had her fifth straight game scoring 17 points or more, led the Flames with a game-high 24 points.
"I had to contain her really, and force turnovers," Hunter said.
Margenthaler said that he was fortunate because he knew Story can really be an impact and take over games.
"I really thought we wore her down," Margenthaler said.
Southeast's biggest lead in the first half came when Mack made two free-throws to put the team up 22-17 with 7:11 left.
Southeast opened the second half with a 14-2 run, extending its lead over the Flames 46-33. The Redhawks never trailed again.
Southeast shot 42.4 percent while UIC shot 29 percent in the game. The Flames were also outrebounded 44-38.
"When I see the ball, it's mine," Mack said. "Just let me have it."
The Redhawks shot 15-of-17 (88.2%) from the line.
Bradshaw also had 13 points while Roberts added 10 points and six rebounds in the game.
The Redhawks next game will be against SIU Carbondale at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in Carbondale, Ill.
"They're well coached and have some really good athletes," Margenthaler said. "They're itching for that first win, but you know, it's always difficult to get that first win. We're feeling really good about ourselves."
Margenthaler added that Southeast forward Brittany Harriel is still recovering from her injury in the game against the University of Houston on Nov. 23 where she fractured her left ring finger.
"Hopefully she'll be back against Missouri State so she gets one game in her," Margenthaler said. "But I really see the Belmont game for sure. She'll be back."