Big Second Half Lifts Southeastern to Win

Southeastern used a dominant second-half effort to overcome a halftime deficit and close out the Fall semester with a 74-64 win over Oklahoma Wesleyan on Thursday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The Savage Storm improve to 10-2 overall on the year and will take an extended break for the Christmas holiday and return home on Jan. 3 to host Southwestern Oklahoma State at 1 p.m.

Despite an early three out of the gate, SE opened the contest sluggish and trailed for 19 of the 20 first-half minutes, finishing themselves behind as many as 11 over that span and going to the locker room down 40-30.

The Storm woke up in the second half and hit 41.4 percent from the floor in the half while holding OKWU to a 24.2 percent shooting effort.

The disparity was even greater from outside the arc where Southeastern drained 5-of-11 for a 45.5 percent mark, while the Eagles hit 4-of-17.

SE also got more aggressive on offense, drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line for a 15-of-20 effort compared to the 4-of-4 mark for OKWU in the second half.

Emily Williams turned in a double-double in the second half alone with 15 points and 10 rebounds on her way to her third 20-plus point performance, and second in-a-row, finishing with 21 points and rounding out her fifth double-double with 13 rebounds.

Kaylie Baxter also turned in a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Olivia Potter sparked the Storm rally and finished with 18 points, all from behind the arc, on 6-of-9 shooting from long range.

Shelby Hill added a pair of threes and finished with nine points and seven boards.

Taylor Richards dished out a team-best six assists, while Williams and Baxter each added four while the team combined for 18 on 22 made buckets.

Southeastern outscored the Eagles 44-24 in the second half, doing so right out of the gate with the Storm opening the half with an 18-2 run that was capped by a pair of Richards free throws which put SE up 48-42 at the 12:53 mark.

OKWU would keep it close, hitting a three with 9:01 to play to cut the gap to just one point, but a pair of Miranda Schaefer free throws would kick off a 9-0 run that was capped by a Potter three with 6:02 to play which made the score 65-55.

SE would lead by as many as 13 over the final minutes before settling on the 74-64 final score.

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