SE Women fall at buzzer to NWOSU

Southeastern rallied late after trialing most of the second half, taking a one-point lead on a pair of Emily Williams free throws with 7.5 second to play, but Northwestern Oklahoma State would hit a three at the buzzer to hand the Savage Storm a 69-67 loss in Alva, Okla., on Thursday night.

The loss drops the Savage Storm to 13-7 overall on the year and 6-6 in Great American conference play.

After falling behind by eight at halftime, SE trailed for most of the second half until Olivia Potter and Shelby Hill hit back to back threes to put the Storm in front 60-57 with 6:59 to play.

The teams would trade the lead until NWOSU jumped ahead by four with 1:27 to play.

Hill would follow with another three at the 1:03 mark and after Cheree Kiser hauled in the rebound on a missed Ranger three, Emily Williams would draw a foul driving to the basket with 7.5 second to play sending her to the line where she would sink two free throws and give the Storm a 67-66 lead.

However, a Relina Johnson three at the horn would fall for the home team and SE would suffer a 69-67 loss.

Hill led the way for the Storm with 14 points thanks to three three-point buckets, while Williams was right behind with 12 points despite not making a field goal as she finished 12-of-12 at the free throw line.

Rachel Wallace rounded out the team's double-digit scorers with 10.

Taylor Richards just missed double-figures with nine points, but she dished out a team-high four assists in the effort.

SE shot 40.0 percent from the field and hit nine threes as a team, but had trouble in the paint as they were outscored 30-12 in the paint, while second chance points also played a role with NWOSU pulling down 15 offensive rebounds to the seven by the Storm which led to a 20-7 differential in second chance buckets.

Hill and Williams led the way on the boards for the Storm with six each, while Wallace and Kaylie Baxter each chipped in five.

The teams traded buckets out of the gate before the Rangers jumped ahead by four points early, but SE put together a 7-0 run to take the lead, eventually pulling ahead by as many as eight on a Kiser three with 10:03 to go in the first half.

However, from that point on NWOSU would reel off a 19-3 run to put the Storm in a 37-29 hole at halftime.