SEMO Women's Basketball rallies and holds on for 60-56 win

From Southeast Missouri State University

The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team overcame a seven point halftime deficit and shutdown the visiting Western Michigan University Broncos in the second half to pull off a 60-56 comeback victory at the Show Me Center.

The Redhawks (4-5, 1-1 OVC) used a 20-2 second half run to grab the only lead of the game and made their final four free throw attempts in the final 00:11 seconds to secure their second-straight win.

The defense held the Broncos (2-7, 0-0 MAC) without a field goal for 9:18 in the second half. During that span the broncos went 0-13 from the field with their only points coming on two Taylor Manley free throws at the 6:58 mark.

The Broncos wouldn't score again till 00:11 seconds left in the game with the Redhawks up 56-53.

Bianca Beck (Incarnate Word/St. Louis, Mo.) sank two free throws to push the lead back up to five before Manley sank a three with 00:03 seconds to make it a two-point game.

Jasmine Davis (Hughes Center/Cincinnati, Ohio) calmly sank her two free throws 00:02 seconds left after getting fouled on the ensuing inbounds play to secure the win.

The Redhawks trailed by as much as 13 points, 49-36 in the second half.

Brittany Harriel (Lakota West/Cincinnati, Ohio) keyed the deciding run with a wide open three-pointer from the top of the key. Harriel would end up scoring eight of her team-high 12 points during the run.

The Redhawks went 6-6 from the field during the run and shot a scorching 68-percent from the field in the second half.

The second half was a far cry from the first.

The Redhawks started cold from the field. Their first points didn't come until the 14:44 mark on a Beck lay-up. The Broncos used an 8-2 run late in the half to grab their largest first half lead, 23-12 with 1:02 remaining in the first.

The Redhawks closed the half with a 4-0 run to make it 23-16.

The Broncos scored 17 of their first half points off of 15 Redhawk turnovers.

Both team struggled shooting in the first half, the Redhawks shot 27-percent while the Broncos shot 35-percent.

For the game, the Redhawks shot a season-high 48-percent from the field.

Four Redhawks finished in double-figures led by Harriel and Beck. Beck scored her 12 points off the bench on 4-4 shooting. Ten of those points came in the second half. She also added five rebounds.

Harriel recorded a team-high six rebounds to go with her 12 points.

Karley Evans (Mineral Area College/Rock Port, Mo.) scored 11 points on4-6 shooting while collecting four rebounds.

Katie Norman (Freeport/Freeport, Ill.) also finished with 11 points (all scored in the second half) on 5-7 shooting. She also added five rebounds and a team-high three steals and three assists.

Manley scored a game-high 24 points for the Broncos. She went 5-10 from three-point range.

Brenna Bankston led all players with 12 rebounds.

The win extended the Redhawks winning streak over teams from the Mid-American Conference to four.

The Redhawks embark on a three-game road trip next, starting with a trip to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Phoenix, currently ranked 17th nationally, and the Redhawks will play on Friday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m.