SE women start 8-0, Men on two game winning streak

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Molly Raley, Managing Editor

Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke

Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke

Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke

Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke

The Southeastern women’s basketball team has started their season with a 8-0 record. All thanks to good defense and an offense that is a threat from behind the arc.

“What we are really pleased with is the fact that we won all of our games in the fashion that we have defended very, very well,” said coach Darin Grover.

Out of the eight victories for the Storm, only three have been by less than 10 points. Southeastern won the remaining five by more than 15 points.

With the winning streak at eight, Southeastern has started their season with scoring coming from a variety of players.

“We’ve got a number of players that can knock down threes and can score in a bunch of different ways,” said Grover. “Kaylie Baxter is a kid that has knocked down shots outside.”

Along with Baxter, Emily Williams is a player who scores points and helps with rebounding for the Storm. On Nov. 20 Southeastern hosted Henderson State where Williams scored an impressive 40 points, just one point away from the Great American Conference single game scoring record. The 40 points was a career high for Williams.

Olivia Potter is another player who scores points from behind the arc for Southeastern. Potter scored 26 points coming off the bench during the game against Arlington Baptist on Nov. 17. She went 8-10 from behind the arc. In the game against Southern Arkansas, Potter scored 27 points and also tied the conference record with nine three-point shots.

“I think we can shoot the ball outside, I think we move the ball extremely well and I think that we can drive it to the basket,” said Grover. “We have specific players that can do different things and some of them can do all of those things.”

Southeastern was able to start their season with a 69-66 win over the University of Central Oklahoma on Nov. 14 and finished the weekend with a 59-54 victory over Northeastern State. The Storm then traveled back home to play Arlington Baptist, winning that contest, 87-49.

Southeastern went on the road for two games against Henderson State and Southern Arkansas winning both. Southeastern posted an 88-72 score against Henderson State while posting a 72-48 score against Southern Arkansas.

On Nov. 25 the Storm hosted St. Gregory’s where they won that contest, 78-62. Another home game on Nov. 30 found Southeastern in victory lane once again with a score of 57-51 against Texas A&M Kingsville.

The Storm earned their latest victory against Dallas Christian on Dec. 1. They won that contest 96-30.

Looking forward to the middle of the season, Southeastern is preparing for more Great American Conference games. Coming up the Storm will be facing conference teams like Southern Nazarene and Northwestern Oklahoma State.

The second half of the season will be filled with GAC opponents. Games will resume on Jan. 3 where Southeastern will host Southwestern Oklahoma State and Arkansas Monticello on Jan. 8.

MEN SHOW PROMISE

The Southeastern men have started their 2014 season with a 3-5 overall record and a 0-2 record in the Great American Conference.

The Storm have won their last two games. The first on Nov. 28 against Hilldale Freewill Baptist in South Dakota. Southeastern won that contest 101-65. A 36 point victory that put the Storm in good spirits heading into their first home game of December.

Southeasten then faced Dallas Christian on Dec. 1 and defeated them 87-60.

All the wins for the Storm have come by 27 points or more.

Danny Powell is currently leading in the scoring department averaging 16.5 points per game for the Storm. Also leading in scoring for Southeastern is Sami BZAI and Taylor Smaller who are both averaging more than 10 points per game.

Darius Harris is leading in rebounding for the Storm with 9.6 rebounds per game. Powell and Antonio Worthy are also averaging more than 6 rebounds per game.

Southeastern will be finishing the first half of their season on Dec. 13 when they face Northwestern Oklahoma State at home. The Storm will be resuming play after Christmas on Jan. 3 against Southwestern Oklahoma State in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.