DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern put five players in double-figures and shot 55.6 percent from the floor in the second half to pull away from Southwestern Oklahoma State and pick up an 82-72 win on Wednesday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The win moves the Savage Storm to 5-11 overall on the year and 3-7 in Great American Conference play, picking up ground on Southern Nazarene who currently holds the final slot in the GAC tournament. Southeastern will get its shot at SNU on Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Bethany, Okla.
Kaylie Baxter paced the double-digit scorers with 17 on the strength of a 5-of-9 effort from behind the arc.
Olivia Potter added three threes and finished with 13, while Katie Webb came off the bench and was 5-of-8 from the floor to put up 12 points.
Taylor Richards and Rachel Wallace each added 10 points, while Shelby Hill was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range and finished with nine points.
The Storm shot 45.8 percent as a team for the contest and added a 41.9 percent effort form three-point range, hitting 13-of-31 tries.
Richards flirted with a triple-double adding a game high eight assists and was second on the team in rebounds with eight as well.
Baxter and Potter dished out four each and Wallace and Hill each had three as the team combined for 25 on the game.
SE was also strong on the boards, holding a 47-to-41 edge on the glass, led by nine from Baxter, eight from Richards, seven from Webb and six each from Wallace and Emem David.
The Storm took advantage of its bench play, holding a 27-16 edge in points off the bench while also holding a 13-6 advantage in points off turnovers, despite losing the turnover battle 17-to-11.
SWOSU opened with the game's first points and held the lead through most of the first quarter until a Hill three with 2:08 to go in the first quarter gave the Storm a 13-11 lead.
The Bulldogs would tie the game at 13-13 and again at 15-15 which is where the game would sit after the first 10 minutes.
Webb hit a layup to open the second quarter and SWOSU would tie the game at 17-17 one last time, but another Webb bucket with 8:59 to go in the half would put the Storm back in front, ultimately for good.
After a three minute scoring drought by both teams Richards would get a steal and score in transition and kick off a 10-4 run to open up a 29-21 lead with 3:23 to go.
The visitors would close the gap to five points before the Storm eventually took a 35-29 lead into the locker room at halftime.
SE would maintain its lead through the entire third quarter, going up by as many as seven points, but the Bulldogs would keep the game primarily within one possession, with a Miranda Schaefer layup at the horn giving the Storm a 59-55 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Schaefer would score the first basket of the final quarter as well and SE would use a 21-4 run to break open a 76-61 lead on a Potter three with 5:25 to play.
Southeastern would hold on to pick up the 82-72 win.