Courtesy Henderson State University Athletics Department
The Henderson State women’s basketball team could not overcome a second-half surge by Southeastern Oklahoma as the Lady Reddies lost to the Savage Storm, 74-65, Saturday in Durant, Okla. With the Lady Reddies leading 48-46 with 10:14 to play in the game, SEOSU’s Cheree Kiser hit a 3-point field goal to spark the home team and give the Storm a lead for good. Following the long range jumper by Kiser, Southeastern was able to push its lead to 9 as Kiser scored 8 of SEOSU’s next 12 points.
Henderson State, 10-9 overall and 5-8 in the Great American Conference, was able to cut the deficit to 4 points with just under two minutes remaining, but the Storm limited the Lady Reddies to just one field goal by Vanessa Pieper the remainder of the game. The big advantage for Southeastern (7-12, 5-8 in GAC) came at the foul line as Henderson State was whistled for 22 fouls while the Storm committed just 11 infractions. SEOSU hit on 20-of-25 free throws, while Henderson converted on 11-of-16 attempts. Jill Temples led Henderson State with 14 points, while Krystal Beachum scored 12 points. Also scoring in double-figures was Pieper with 11 points and Aungelique Sledge with 10. Destiny Smith ended the game with 8 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Kiser finished with 20 points for Southeastern.
The Lady Reddies shot 36 percent from the field converting on 24-of-66 attempts, while SEOSU was successful on 24-of-58 attempts for 41 percent. Henderson State returns home on Thursday, Feb. 7 to play host to Southern Nazarene with the opening tip set for 5:30 p.m. at the Duke Wells Center.