Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Women's basketball defeats Eastern Illinois at the buzzer

Friday, February 16, 2018
The women's basketball team celebrates their victory over the Eastern Illinois Panthers in the Show Me Center on Feb. 14.
Photo by Joshua Dodge

A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by senior guard Ashton Luttrull propelled Southeast’s women’s basketball team past the Eastern Illinois Panthers 51-48 on Wednesday night. Luttrull finished the game with 12 points, her fourth straight game with double-digit scoring.

Freshman guard Tesia Thompson was the top scorer for Southeast with 13 points, her 20th game this season with at least 10 points.

While the Redhawks struggled from the free-throw line, making only 50 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, their final five points prior to the buzzer-beater were all from the free throw line.

The back-and-forth affair saw 17 lead changes over the course of the game, with EIU’s largest lead of the game being nine, and the Redhawks’ never led by more than two points until the game’s final shot.

Fifty-one points were the fewest in a win this season for Southeast, and continues a four-game stretch which has seen the Redhawks score 65 points or less in each game.

Even though the Redhawks’ offense struggled, defensively Southeast had one of their best games of the season, especially in the second half. The Panthers only managed to score 20 points and turned the ball over 11 times after halftime.

The Redhawks are now 7-8 in Ohio Valley Conference play this season, in seventh place in the conference standings.

Southeast, 12-15 overall, will face SIUE (15-11 overall, 12-3 OVC) at home on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.