DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern rallied from an early double-digit deficit, but never found its shot from long range as Arkansas-Monticello swiped the Great American Conference opener form the Savage Storm 67-62 on Thursday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The loss drops SE to 0-3 to open the season and 0-1 in league play. The three-game losing skid to open the year marks the worst start to a season since the 2004-05 team.
Southeastern will be back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. when it hosts Southern Arkansas who was a 63-59 winner over East Central on Thursday night.
The Storm shot 33.8 percent from the floor for the night and despite hitting seven threes, finished with a 25.9 percent shooting night from behind the arc.
Southeastern did have a trio of double-digit scores, led by Kaylie Baxter who finished with 14 on the strength of four threes, while Shelby Hill was right behind her with 12 with the aid of three from behind the three-point line. Taylor Richards rounded out the double-digit scoring with a 10 point night on a 4-of-5 effort form the floor.
The Storm did hold a 40-to-37 edge on the glass with Richards pulling down a team-best eight rebounds, followed by Baxter at seven and Katie Webb at six.
Richards also led the team in assists with five while three others each had two.
UAM used a 10-2 first quarter run to open up a lead which ballooned to its largest of the night by the end of the first when they took a 28-15 edge into the first quarter break.
SE would double-up the Cotton Blossoms 16-8 in the second quarter to erase much of that deficit and trailed at the half 36-31.
The teams were even at 17 apiece in the third quarter with UAM scoring 10 of the final 12 points of the quarter to erase a Storm lead and keep the difference at five points with a 53-48 advantage.
The fourth quarter was similar to the third with Southeastern erasing the five-point gap, taking a lead on a Baxter layup with 4:48 to play.
They would maintain that lead until a Blossom three at the 2:12 mark gave them the lead back.
The Storm would get it to 62-60 on an Emem David free throw with 29 seconds to play, but UAM hit five of its six free throws in the final half minute and snagged the offensive rebound on its one miss to pull away with a 67-62 win.