SE Opens Season with A&M-Commerce

Southeastern's women's basketball team will tip-off the 2013-14 season on Nov. 12 when it hosts former conference rival Texas A&M-Commerce at 5:30 p.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Tuesday's matchup is the first of four contests in the month of November for the Savage Storm. After spending Nov. 15 -16 at the Ashbrook Classic in Wichita Falls, Texas, they will return home for the Great American Conference opener against Henderson State at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, followed by a 2 p.m. meeting with Ouachita Baptist on Nov. 23. They will then face Dallas Christian at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 25.

SE will not play at home in the month of December and fans will have to wait all the way up till Jan. 9 before the team returns home to face Southwestern Oklahoma State at 5:30 p.m.

The Savage Storm are coming off a 10-17 season with an 8-12 mark in league play, but return 12 letterwinners from a season ago and four players who started at least half the team's games.

Haley Schaefer is the team's top returning scorer after posting 10.2 ppg a year ago while also leading the team with 6.2 rebounds per outing.

Ronay English and Natalie Ruud are the team's lone seniors, with English averaging 9.4 ppg last season with 19 starts while Ruud chipped in 5.1 ppg and earned 10 starts.

One area the team will look to will be the other two-thirds of the junior class alongside Schaefer in Emily Williams and Cheree Kiser. Williams started around half the games a year ago and averaged 9.2 ppg, while Kiser came off the bench for most of the year but became an explosive offensive threat during the GAC season, reaching double-figures in eight of her final 10 games. Williams posted the season's best scoring outing with 26 points against Southern Arkansas, while Kiser added 25 against Arkansas-Monticello.

The Lions enter the contest 0-2 on the young season after opening the year with a 71-60 loss to Central Oklahoma, followed by a 95-57 defeat at the hands of St. Edward's.

Breanna Harris paces the TAMUC offense to the tune of 19.0 ppg over two contests as she is shooting 63.6 percent from the floor while also adding 10.5 rebounds per outing.

Abigail Leaupepe-Tele is also in double-figures with 11.0 ppg, as they average 58.5 ppg while opponents are scoring 83.0.

Harris's 10.5 rebounds per game leads the way, however the club is still being outrebounded 49.5-to-42.0.

Danielle Dixon and Ashlee Johnson are each dishing out 2.5 assists per game to lead the team which averages 10.5 apg combined.


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