From SOSU Sports Information
DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern got 19 points from Emily Williams and shot just under 50 percent from the field as a team to get back in the win column with a 77-67 victory over Southern Nazarene on Saturday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The Savage Storm improve to 6-9 on the season and 4-5 in Great American Conference play while dropping SNU to 8-8 on the season and 5-5 in league play.
Southeastern will be back in action on Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. when it travels to Ada, Okla., to renew its rivalry with East Central.
Williams was an impressive 7-of-12 off the bench from the field and added a 5-of-6 outing from the free throw line.
As a team, the Storm posted a 30-of-61 effort from the field, was 5-of-12 from long range and just 12-of-22 from the charity stripe.
SE dominated the points in the paint with a 50-24 edge despite being outsized.
Welch posted a big all-around night, getting within sight of a triple double by turning in a game-high eight assists to go with her 12 points and seven rebounds.
Welch matched Haley Schaefer for high rebounding mark, however SE was outrebounded as a team by a 48-to-35 margin. The bulk of that difference was SNU posting 21 offensive rebounds and holding a 17-7 edge in second chance points.
The game got off to a slow start, but Southeastern would grab a lead early and by the 13:45 mark pushed it out to 15-9 on a Welch three pointer.
SNU would answer with a 6-0 run to tie the game, but a Williams layup would put the Storm back on top until a Samantha O’Shields three pointer put SNU up 20-19 with just under 10 minutes to play.
Southeastern would answer on its next possession with a Shelby Hill three to go up 22-20.
The Crimson Storm would tie the game at 22-22, but an 8-2 SE run capped by an English layup would put SE in front and spur them to a 40-29 advantage at halftime.
The lead would continue to grow in the second half, reaching 20 points on a Welch layup with 16:00 to play in the game and eventually hit a game-high of 25 on a Schaefer layup with 13:34 to play.
SE would still hold a 22 point lead at 67-45 with 7:32 to play before the Crimson Storm mounted an 11-0 run to trim the deficit to 67-56 with 4:30 remaining.
Southeastern would stop the bleeding and the teams would trade buckets until SNU would cut the score to its closest point since the first half at 73-66 with 1:26 to play.
The teams would trade free throws from then on out, however, and with Williams draining a pair with 16 seconds to play it would solidify the 77-67 SE win.
Matt Thomas is the Sports Information Director at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.