SOSU free throws sink Southwestern

1-23-08 - The Southeastern Oklahoma State women's basketball team (10-7, 1-1 LSC-N) hit 10-of-10 free throws in the final minute to preserve an 81-73 win on the road at Southwestern Oklahoma State (10-8, 1-2 LSC-N) in Weatherford ,Okla. on Wednesday night.

The Savage Storm as a whole put together an outstanding free throw shooting effort, hitting 33-of-36 free throws for 91.7 percent.

That effort was led by Jessica Hocker who, on her way to a 24-point scoring night, hit 17-of-17 from the charity stripe. In all, three different players were perfect from the stripe, while no one missed more then one.

Joining Hocker in double figures was Jasmine Hughey with 14 points and Destiny Brown with 13. Every Storm player that played scored.

Hocker and Brown each posted nine rebounds en route to helping SOSU outrebound the Bulldogs 45-to-28.

The Storm got on the board first as the points were exchanged in groups of three with each team either hitting a three pointer or converting a three-point play.

SOSU finally got a leg up and jumped up 13-6 with 16:24 to play in the half.

A seven-point lead was the best the Storm could do until Hughey and Ashley Nash hit back-to-back jumpers around the eight minute mark to put SOSU up 24-14.

Southeastern would outscore SWOSU 12-6 down the stretch to take a 36-20 lead at halftime.

SOSU maintained its lead early in the second half, even pushing it out to 17 points at the 17:15 mark of the second half.

The Bulldogs were not done, however, as they used a 10-0 run to close the gap to 49-44 with 11:06 to play.

The Storm stopped the bleeding, but SWOSU was able to close the deficit to four points three times, with the last coming at the 6:16 mark at 60-56.

SOSU found its stroke again offensively, quickly pushing its lead to nine points with 4:01 to play.

The teams traded blows down the stretch, but the strong free throw shooting of the Storm preserved the 81-73 win.

Southeastern will next be in action on Saturday as it continues its road-swing in Commerce, Texas, for a 2 p.m. contest at Texas A&M-Commerce.