The Great Reddie Battle

Women’s basketball beats Southeastern Oklahoma State

On a chilly Saturday afternoon, the Reddie Spirit swept into the Duke Wells Center as the Reddies trampled Southeastern Oklahoma State for the fifth time since 2018 with a score of 77- 72. Henderson won the tip giving Karrington Whaley, the opportunity to score a lay-up in the first 14 seconds of the game.

The game was tied 7-7 with five minutes left in the first quarter. Thankfully, through the Reddies effective offense, Henderson prevailed finishing the quarter with a 21-16 lead. Whaley attained eight of those points.

Katie Webb, an athlete from the Savage Storm, gave HSU some trouble defensively with thirteen points alone in the second quarter. Senior Guard Madi Nichols regained the lead scoring five straight points leaving the score 38-28 before halftime.

“We just knew defensively we were gonna have to be extremely active and the big goal was to not let them shoot the three”. They’re the team that usually hits 8-9 three-pointers a game so I thought that game plan worked pretty well because they only hit 2 and struggled a little bit to get going,” said Head Coach, Jill Thomas.

The intensity grew into the fourth quarter as the Reddies carried four-point lead. The battle between the two teams gets intense when Savage Storm puts up a fight moving the score to a trembling 67-66, with two minutes and 11 seconds left in the game.

Pink Jones, who is now back from sitting out the previous game, dominates in the last two minutes with six straight points. Mains sealed the game for HSU with two free throws capping the game with a 77-72 win!

“It was intense. It was fun. The environment was great,” said Junior Forward Karrington Whaley. “I felt like it was a close enough game to where it felt like we were going back and forth the whole time.”

The Reddies gained a huge win from this game and is looking forward to the next one on January 30 at Southern Nazarene University at 5:30 p.m.