SEU Holds Off Johnson & Wales, 51-46
February 4, 2011
Friday's Victory Pushes the Lady Fire's Sun Conference Record to 4-5
LAKELAND, Fla.--The Southeastern Lady Fire basketball team won their third straight game, Friday evening, this time holding off Johnson & Wales University, 51-46, as SEU swept their season series with the Lady Wildcats.
Southeastern built a 12 point lead (33-21) with 13:11 remaining in the contest. Then, Southeastern went cold from the field down the stretch as Johnson & Wales clawed their way back, cutting the Lady Fire's lead to two points (45-43) with 2:19 remaining.
From that point, both teams combined to miss their next three shots, and eventually Southeastern's Breckley Neale burried a three-pointer to increase the Lady Fire's lead to, 48-43, with 1:12 to play.
JWU's Tametri Gale then scored on a layup to make the score, 48-45, in favor of Southeastern with just 49 seconds to go.
Southeastern freshman, Liz Capps, then made the play of the game, scoring on a layup while drawing a foul with just 24 seconds left to play. Capps made the free throw to cap the three-point play, putting Southeastern ahead, 51-45.
After a Johnson & Wales missed field goal, Southeastern regained possession with a chance to ice the game at the free throw line, but a costly offensive foul by Karleigh Smoak gave the Lady Wildcats a chance to cut into the lead at the free throw line.
JWU's Tray Coleman was only able to make one free throw, and Southeastern rebounded and controlled the ball to finish out the game, and improve to 9-12 overall and 4-5 within The Sun Conference.
Capps finished with 13 points and five rebounds while Casey Jensen ended her night with seven points and 10 rebounds.
Neale scored 11 points off the bench, knocking down three three-point field goals to go with four rebounds.
Tori Robison grabbed nine rebounds and Ashley Wilson dished out four assists for the Lady Fire.
Johnson & Wale's Myia Russel scored 11 points while Breanna Cook and Coleman finished with 10 points apiece respectively.
Southeastern will next host Northwood University, Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m. for their annual Homecoming game.