Madison Thames posted 21 points and Southeastern scored seven of the game's final nine points to hold on for an 81-78 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon in the first game of 2015 in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The win lifts the Savage Storm to 11-2 overall on the year and 4-1 in Great American Conference play heading into a matchup on Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. against Arkansas-Monticello.
Thames turned in her season-high 21 points after getting off to a hot start that included 11 points in the first 3:30 of the contest and a total of 15 in the first half.
However, she would leave the game early after picking up her fifth foul with 5:20 to play.
Emily Williams would pick up the pace in the second half though with 12 of her 18 points, including going 4-for-4 in the final 22 seconds from the free throw line to preserve SE's lead and seal the win.
Rachel Wallace turned in a season-high 16 points in the game on the strength of four three point buckets.
Thames dished out a team-best six assists, while Williams added four and the Storm posted 17 as a team while only turning the ball over eight times.
Williams wrapped up her second-straight double-double and sixth of the season with a team-high 13 rebounds.
Kaylie Baxter added eight and Wallace chipped in six.
The game started with an entirely different tone than it finished with as Southeastern scored the first seven points of the contest and led by double-figures less than four minutes into the game.
That lead would grow to as many as 19 points with 8:38 to go in the first half on a Wallace three.
SWOSU would chip away at that advantage and ultimately the Storm would take a 42-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.
SE would push its lead back out to 14 points early in the second half, but the Bulldogs would eventually tie the game at 61-61 with 9:06 to play and later take its first lead with 5:57 remaining.
The visitors would lead by as many as five points in the waning minutes, but a Baxter jumper cued a run that was followed by a pair of free throws and a three form Wallace that regained the SE lead at 74-72 with 3:01 to play.
The Bulldogs would score the next four points, but Olivia Potter would sink her second three of the day to put the Storm in front for good with 49 seconds left and the score at 77-76.
Williams would go 4-for-4 at the charity stripe and SWOSU would get just one jumper to fall and SE would hold on for the 81-78 win.