SEMO hoops teams split OVC contests
After allowing Austin Peay to get off to a scorching offensive start in Thursday’s Ohio Valley Conference women’s basketball game at the Show Me Center, Southeast Missouri State locked down the visiting Governors defensively in the second quarter and ultimately prevailed easily 81-43.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Redhawks (11-5, 3-2 OVC) and placed them in sole possession of fifth place in the league.
Austin Peay (10-6, 1-4) opened the game by connecting on seven of its initial eight shots. However, Southeast took advantage of 16 first-half turnovers by the Governors and managed a 23-17 lead after one period.
It was at that point that Southeast put the game away.
The Redhawks hit on 57.1 percent of their second-quarter shots and outscored the Governors 18-6 to take a 41-23 lead into the locker room.
Austin Peay made just 2 of 13 shots (15.4 percent) in the period.
The Redhawks continued playing effectively in the third quarter, as they outscored Austin Peay 19-11 and dominated the final period 21-9.
Southeast shot just 33 percent from the field, as compared to 30 percent by Austin Peay. However, the Governors threw the ball away 25 times versus just 10 by the hosts.
Southeast outrebounded the Governors 38-29.
Veteran guard Carrie Shephard helped Southeast with 16 points.
She drained four 3-pointers, while forward Tesia Thompson matched Shephard’s 16 points and also hauled in a team-best seven rebounds.
Taelour Pruitt and Jessie Harshberger each scored 10 points in the win, while Shephard dished off four assists and Thompson led her team with five.
Southeast made a season-high 15 steals, with Pruitt notching a career-best five.
LaTrese Saine scored eight points and grabbed six boards in just 16 minutes off the bench.
The Redhawks will host Murray State (8-8, 1-4) Saturday at 2 p.m.
SEMO men fall
Austin Peay tore off on a 26-5 run midway through the first half Thursday in the men’s game and eventually won 84-59.
Tied at four points apiece, the Governors scored 26 of the next 31 points to take a 30-9 lead.
At one point, Southeast (4-14, 0-5 OVC) didn’t score a point over a stretch of 9:22.
The Governors (11-7, 5-0) shot 60 percent from the field and 64 percent (7 of 11) from 3-point range.
The Redhawks shot 40 percent overall and missed 10 of 19 free throws.
DQ Nicholas paced Southeast with 16 points, while Nygal Russell added 12.
Both Redhawk squads will host Murray State Saturday at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men).