By Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The saying might seem clichéd, but the best way to describe Thursday's 75-58 victory over Southeast Missouri is total team effort.
Mackenzie Coleman was four points shy of tying her career-high in points as she knocked in 24 on 11-of-15 shooting. In addition to her assault under the rim, Jada Guinn added nine points and four players – the Annas Jones and Walker, Ansley Hall and Kesha Brady – each scored eight.
The win broke a seven-game losing streak to the Redhawks.
After Megan Clark was injured early in the opening quarter, Hall came in and knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers and ended up with an impressive effort in her 20 minutes of play, collecting an assist and two steals.
Peyton Carter led the team in assists and rebounds with seven each, while Coleman had three blocks.
The Golden Eagles led wire to wire, but that didn't mean the host Redhawks didn't make it interesting at one point. After leading by 14 at the half, SEMO (4-12, 0-5 OVC) made adjustments in the third quarter, cutting the deficit down to six at the seven-minute mark, Tech leading 41-35.
The SEMO streak didn't last for long as the Golden Eagles outscored the Redhawks 17-6 the rest of the way to take a 58-41 lead at the close of the quarter.
The Tech surge continued through the midway point of the fourth as the Golden Eagles collected a 13-4 run to take a 26-point lead with 4:31 remaining in the game. Just trying to wrap up the game, Tech scored four points over the final stretch, SEMO 13.
The Golden Eagles hovered around the 50-percent shooting mark the entire game, hitting 9-of-16 shots in the opening period, 5-for-12 in the second, as well as 7-for-13 in the third and fourth quarters.
SEMO was 12-for-23 in the second half after shooting 12-for-33 in the first half.
Jaliyah Green led the Redhawks with 16 points, while Kennedi Watkins had 10 points. Halley Smith and Green had a team-high five rebounds, while Taelour Pruitt had five assists.
The Golden Eagles (8-7, 3-2 OVC) return to action on Saturday as they take on UT Martin at 1 p.m.
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