Thompson scores a season-high 28 in leading Southeast women to their ninth straight win

Southeast junior Tesia Thompson (24) handles the ball near Tennessee Tech junior Mackenzie Coleman (33) during the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks' 87-72 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau.
Jacob Wiegand ~ Southeast Missourian

Southeast Missouri women scored a double-digit win Saturday over Tennessee Tech at the Show Me Center, thanks in part to a scoring performance from Tesia Thompson.

Thompson, the junior from Memphis, Tn., led all scorers with 28.

"We're greedy," said Thompson, in reference to the program's ninth straight victory and the second consecutive win on the current homestand. The Redhawks defeated Jacksonville State Thursday, 79-52.

"It feels surreal," added Thompson, when asked about the Redhawks recent dominance of Ohio Valley Conference rival and their impressive late season record.

Carrie Shepherd, the redshirt senior from South Pemiscot High in Steele, Mo., had 18 including two 3-pointers - both of which she hit in the first quarter. She was 0-for-10 from three-point land thereafter.

"Carrie leads us in ways other than scoring," said Redhawks fifth-year coach Rehka Patterson. "She led us in steals (5), came up with two turnovers, had four assists and was perfect (4-4) from the foul line."

Southeast put four players in double figures - Thompson, Shephard, Pruitt - who had 11 - and LaTrese Saine, who came off the bench for 10 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes of game action.

The 6-foot-4 Saine was hit hard on the head in the second half but failed to draw a foul.

"I think it's harder for a referee to call fouls on bigger players (like me)," said Saine, a redshirt junior from West Memphis, Ark.

"Referees seem to think the taller (ones) can take it," added Patterson, "and LaTrese doesn't seem to get those calls."

Tennessee Tech hit 12 3s but failed on 14 more attempts as the Golden Eagles became dependent on hitting treys due to a stout Redhawk defense in the paint.

"Coach P tells us that if we're the tougher team, we'll win," said Thompson, who continued her excellent performance from the charity stripe, going 6-of-8. "Today, we were."

Southeast (18-5, 10-2 OVC) next faces league-leading UT-Martin at home Thursday. The Skyhawks (15-8, 11-1) beat visiting Jacksonville State today, 86-72, to remain in first place in the conference.

The OVC Tournament will be held March 4-7 in Evansville, Indiana.

The top eight teams participate and the Redhawks are currently ranked second.

In the preseason, Southeast was picked for finish sixth.


Tennessee Tech 26 6 24 16 - 72

Southeast 30 17 16 24 - 87

Tennessee Tech (72) Maaliya Owens 18, Akia Harris 12, Mackenzie Coleman 11, Jordan Brock 9, Anacia Wilkinson 7, Kesha Brady 7, Megan Clark 6, Abby Buckner 2. FG 24, FT 12-17, F 12. (3-pointers: Owens 4, Brock 3, Clark 2, Harris, Brady, Coleman. Fouled out: Coleman.)

Southeast (87) Tesia Thonpson 28, Carrie Shephard 18, Taelour Pruitt 11, LaTrese Saine 10, Jocelyn Taylor 8, Sophie Bussard 6, Denisha Gardener 6. FG 37, FT 10-12, F 16. (3-pointers: Shephard 2, Pruitt. Fouled out: none.)

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