Southeastern nearly rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit, but was unable to complete it and suffered its third-straight loss at the hands of Ouachita Baptist 71-67 on Saturday afternoon in Arkadelphia, Ark.
The loss drops the Savage Storm to 12-5 overall and 5-4 in Great American Conference play heading into a Jan. 20 meeting with rival East Central in Ada, Okla.
SE suffered another rough shooting performance, hitting 37.5 percent and was unable to offset the 45.5 percent effort from the Tigers.
The Storm was paced by Emily Williams who finished with 16 points, while Kaylie Baxter added 11 on the strength of three threes.
Rachel Wallace came off the bench to add nine points, joined in that effort by Taylor Richards and Cheree Kiser who each had eight.
Williams and Baxter each hauled in eight boards, but Southeastern was outrebounded by a 44-to-29 margin.
Wallace also added four of the nine Storm assists.
Despite Baxter posting her 11 points all in the first half SE was outshot 58.6 percent to 39.3 percent and led to a 45-35 lead for OBU at the half.
Southeastern closed the gap and kept the deficit in single digits for most of the second half, eventually closing the deficit to two points twice in the final two minutes.
The last coming on a made free throw by Olivia Potter who was forced to miss the second with four seconds left as the Storm looked for an offensive rebound that it would not get, allowing the Tigers to hit two more shots on the ensuing foul to set the final of 71-67.