Lady Savages top Zias in OT

PNT Staff

DURANT, Okla. — Guards Staci Wilson and Lauren Martin combined for 38 points, hitting 11-of-14 from 3-point range, and struggling Southeastern Oklahoma recovered after blowing a 23-point lead early in the second half to beat Eastern New Mexico University 81-71 in overtime Thursday in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover matchup.
The Lady Savages (2-12), shooting 28 percent from the 3-point line for the season, hit 11-of-21 from long range against the Zias (5-8), who lost their fifth game in a row. ENMU trailed 40-17 with less than 19 minutes left before getting back in the hunt with a 16-0 run.
Southeastern, with only one player scoring in double figures for the season, put five in twin digits in this one. Willis, averaging just over six points, was 7-of-8 from 3-point range for 21 points while Martin added 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points.
The Zias got 18 points and six rebounds from junior Tia Doss, who was 7-of-10 from the field. Junior Heather Brown added 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds and junior Tiana Bryant scored 10 points.
ENMU’s led only 2-0 and 4-2 until just over a minute remained in regulation, when Brown’s 3-pointer gave the Zias a 63-61 lead. The Lady Savages got one free throw each from Mindi Foster and Martin in the final minute to force OT.
Brown’s 3-pointer gave the Zias their biggest lead of the night on the first possession of overtime, but Southeastern made 9-of-10 free throws in the period and erased a 68-65 deficit with 12 consecutive points to put the game out of reach.

Southeastern Oklahoma 81, ENMU 71
Eastern New Mexico (5-8) —
Tiana Bryant 5-12 0-3 10, Tia Doss 7-10 4-7 18, Loren Scarlett 3-5 0-0 6, Heather Brown 5-17 2-2 16, Mika Robertson 1-11 0-0 2, Riikka Lehtonen 1-2 2-4 4, Casey Rodriguez 0-4 1-2 1, Erika Cook 2-4 0-0 6, Ashley Davidson 3-4 0-0 8. Totals 27-69 9-18 71.
Southeastern Oklahoma (2-12) — Kirbi Wilson 3-8 3-4 9, Jewell Peterson 3-11 7-8 13, Brittni Burks 3-4 4-5 10, Staci Willis 7-9 0-0 21, Lauren Martin 5-13 3-4 17, Lacey Hardeman 0-4 0-0 0, Mindy Foster 3-5 5-6 11. Totals 24-54 22-27 81.
Halftime — Southeastern Oklahoma 35, Eastern New Mexico 15. End of regulation — tied 63-63. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 8-23 (Brown 4-11, Davidson 2-3, Cook 2-4, Bryant 0-2, Robertson 0-3), Southeastern Oklahoma 11-21 (Willis 7-8, Martin 4-6, Burks 0-1, Foster 0-1, Wilson 0-1). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 40 (Brown, Doss 6), Southeastern Oklahoma 41 (Wilson 11). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 13 (Brown 7), Southeastern Oklahoma 15 (Wilson 6). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 26, Southeastern Oklahoma 17. Fouled out — Bryant, Robertson, Peterson. A — 350.