Southeastern takes down Arkansas Monticello, 90-84

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern had a pair of 20-point scorers and shot 55.8 percent from the field en route to a 90-84 win over Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday afternoon in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The win is the third-straight for the Savage Storm and lifts the team to 5-7 overall on the year and 3-3 in Great American Conference play.

“We shot the ball well,” said head coach Darin Grover, “I thought we moved the ball around well and found the open shooters and we made shots.”

Cheree Kiser caught fire off the bench to the tune of a career-high 25 points on an 8-of-8 performance from the field that included a pair of threes. She also added a 7-of-9 effort from the free throw line.

She was joined over 20 points by Haley Schaefer turned in her second double-double of the year with a season-high 24 points and 12 rebounds.

“I'm proud of the efforts of Cheree and Haley,” said Grover, “I thought they really stepped up and we needed them to pick up the win.”

Bailey Welch and Breana Small-Peppers each reached double-digits with 10 points apiece on the game.

Schaefer's 12 rebounds led all players on the glass and helped SE to a 37-to-26 edge on the glass for the game.

Welch turned in an eight assist effort in directing the offense, while Ronay English added seven and was one point shy of double-figures.

The Storm shot 64.0 percent in the first half to take a 50-46 lead at the break and came back in the second half with a 48.2 percent effort.

UAM actually held the edge in points off turnovers, points in the paint and second-chance points, but Kiser's 25 point effort led SE to a 42-34 advantage in bench points.

The Cotton Blossoms jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, and trailed until the 11:26 mark when Kiser connected on a three to knot the game at 23-23.

A pair of Schaefer free throws with 8:41 remaining in the half would give SE its first lead and the teams would continue to trade buckets until Welch was fouled on a three-point try and nailed three free throws to take a 37-34 lead with 5:55 to play in the half.

A pair of Kiser free throws stretched the lead to five points, but UAM would tie the score twice and the lead once before the Storm would fashion a 50-46 lead on a pair of Small-Peppers free throws with 14 seconds remaining in the half.

Southeastern would twice stretch its lead to seven points early in the second half, but UAM would whittle that advantage down before taking a 63-62 lead with 12:24 to play.

The teams would trade the lead, but with UAM up 67-66, coach Tanya Ray was assessed a pair of technical fouls and ejected which sent Welch to the line for four free throws where she hit three and following an English bucket on the ensuing possession, the Storm led 71-67.

The lead would grow to as much as nine points before SE settles on the 90-84 win.