DURANT, Okla. (Nov. 19, 2012) – Emily Williams’ basket with :03 left allowed Southeastern Oklahoma State to hold off Oklahoma Christian 91-90 on Monday night at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
OC (3-2) trailed for much of the game but nearly stole a win after a long 3-pointer by Krista Stevens with 11.4 seconds left put the Lady Eagles up 90-89, but the Savage Storm went the length of the court and Williams scored the game-winner. OC wasn’t able to get off a shot after Williams’ basket.
The loss spoiled outstanding outings by Katy O’Steen and Andee Wayne, who both recorded a double-double for the Lady Eagles. O’Steen, playing in her hometown, had 17 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, while Wayne had a career-high 17 points and 13 rebounds for her second career double-double.
Daisha Gonzaque just missed giving OC three double-doubles, finishing with eight points and 12 rebounds. Stevens led OC with 18 points, hitting 4-of-6 3-point attempts.
OC took 29 more shots than Southeastern (1-2), but the Lady Eagles shot 32.3 percent (30 of 93), while Southeastern shot 53.2 percent (33 of 62). The Lady Eagles also struggled at the line, making 20 of 35 attempts (57.1 percent).
“Tough environment,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said. “Really tough officiating. But we didn’t help ourselves at all by missing free throws and layups.”
OC jumped to a 6-0 lead in the opening minute, but a 14-3 run by the Savage Storm put them ahead 30-19 with 10:50 left in the first half. A 6-0 spurt in the final 46 seconds of the first half by the Lady Eagles pulled them within 50-44.
Makenzie Brown’s put-back with 14:21 left gave OC its first lead of the second half at 61-60. OC led 66-62 after a 3-pointer by Stevens with 13:25 left, but a 10-3 run by Southeastern gave the Savage Storm a 74-71 lead with 7:59 left.
Southeastern seized control with a 7-1 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Natalie Ruud, and led 83-77 with 6:18 left. O’Steen’s 3-pointer tied the game at 87-87 with 1:44 left.
Haley Schaeffer made 1-of-2 free throws to put the Savage Storm back ahead. Gonzaque missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw opportunity at the other end, but Stevens came up with a steal with 42.3 seconds left. At that point, an issue with the arena lights led to a five-minute delay.
“There was a convenient power outage which let them rest during one of our runs that we affectionately call a meltdown,” Findley said.
When play resumed, OC missed two shots, then Southeastern’s Ronay English made 1-of-2 free throws to extend her team’s lead to 89-87. O’Steen missed a 15-footer for the Lady Eagles but got her own rebound and found Stevens open for a 3-pointer.
Schaeffer led Southeastern with 23 points and 12 rebounds. English added 16 points and Bailey Welch 14 points for the Savage Storm, who lost by 22 points at OC on Nov. 9.
OC will be off until Nov. 27 when the Lady Eagles host Lubbock Christian (Texas).