Storm cruises to 102-33 win over Bacone

DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern shot 56.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three point range en route to a 102-33 win over Bacone on Tuesday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The win lifts the Savage storm to 1-4 on the year and snaps a four-game losing skid to open the season. SE will be back on the court on Nov. 30 when it travels to Commerce, Texas, for a 6 p.m. matchup with Texas A&M-Commerce.

It's the second time in the last seven games the Storm have reached the 100-point plateau, topping Southwestern Oklahoma State by a 101-92 score in the first round of the Great American Conference Tournament last season.

The 69 point margin of victory is the largest point differential since a 106-29 win over Hillsdale Freewill Baptist on Nov. 29, 2008.

All 12 players who saw the court on Tuesday scored, with four reaching double-figures.

That group was paced by Olivia Potter who opened up from long range, hitting 7-of12 threes and finishing with 23 points to lead all scorers.

Sa'Liesha Hunter was next up at 11 points on a 5-of-5 effort from the field, while Madison Thames and Emem David each finished with 10.

The points were spread pretty evenly after Potter, with Demi Koelzer adding nine, followed by eight each from Kaylie Baxter and Taylor Richards. Rachel Wallace, Katie Webb and Miranda Schaefer each added six.

The Storm finished two assists shy of the GAC team assist record, dishing out 31 combined, led by five from Hunter.

Thames, Richards and Kaylen Sweat each added four, while Potter, Baxter and Shelby Hill chipped in three each.

Webb led all players on the boards with 11 rebounds, while Richards and baxter added seven each, followed by six apiece from Koelzer and David.

Every player on the floor for SE picked up a rebound in addition to scoring. The Storm finished with 57 rebounds on the night and a 57-to-29 edge on the glass.

The defense held BC to 20.0 percent shooting on the night and kept the Warriors in single digits for three of the four quarters of the game, including allowing a combined 10 points in the second half and just three points in the fourth quarter.

Southeastern held an edge in every category, outscoring BC 46-14 in the paint, 16-5 on second chance opportunities and 30-7 in points off turnovers.

SE opened the game with an 8-0 run on a Potter three and five-straight points from Richards.

However, the scoring would slow a bit and BC would take an 11-10 lead with 2:11 to play in the first, but a Thames layup 340 seconds later would give them the lead back, but the Warriors would keep it close at 17-16.

Southeastern opened with the first 11 points of the second quarter, jumping out to a 28-16 lead on a David layup at the 6:53 mark.

Bacone would get the deficit back to single digits and down as close as eight points, but the Storm finished the half on an 11-0 run to open up a 42-23 lead at the break.

Starting in the third quarter SE would open up the flood gates and pull away, getting five threes thanks to Potter draining long balls on three-straight possessions and Thames adding back-to-back treys later in the quarter en route to outscoring the Warriors 33-7 in the quarter.

The fourth quarter was even more lopsided as BC would get a jumper and a free throw to tally just three points as the Storm turned the final 10 minutes of the game into a 27-3 run to surpass the 100 point mark and finish with the 102-33 win.