LAKELAND, Fla. – Each night the Fire add to their already impressive resume. Saturday was no different as the Fire captured an 84-55 victory over the Mariners. After this win, Southeastern has won 42 consecutive regular season games.
Coastal Georgia, a team competing for a top three seed in the Sun Conference standings, seemed to be no match for a Southeastern team that is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the conference.
The Fire fed off of their senior leader Ana Richter who contributed 24 points and eight rebounds. Being positioned around the perimeter on defense allows Richter to leak out on stops and have wide open looks with the compliments of spectacular ball movement.
Southeastern never let off the gas pedal from the start. The Fire outscored the Mariners 48-26 during the first 20 minutes of play.
While the play of Richter was spectacular, the Mariners had a difficult time slowing down the prolific offense that Southeastern possess. A total of four members of the Fire roster posted a double-digit scoring performance. In particular, Jaycee Coe was electric from downtown, scoring nine of her 16 points from beyond the arc.
The Fire’s starting five is able to set the precedent to be carried out throughout the rest of the game. Located on the Fire bench are students of the game that are able to watch and make a visible impact when they are called upon.
Anissa Toumi is one of those players. In the past two outings, Toumi has been able to be in the right place at the right time on defense drawing seven charges on defense. Tonight, the transfer from Florida Southern drew two, collected six points and eight rebounds.
Multiple weapons are at the ready for head coach Tim Hays. Maja Michalska was a tough code to crack for the Mariners shooting 50% from the floor and collecting 12 points off of the bench.
The Fire are a remarkable team because of their ability to disrupt passing lanes and force opposing teams into uncomfortable positions. Defense shined inside the Furnace as the Fire generated 32 Mariner turnovers, 19 of which came from steals.
Southeastern’s women’s basketball team never ceases to amaze as the Fire increase their record to a perfect 16-0. After some short time off, the Fire will take the hardwood on January 11 when they square off against St. Thomas in Miami.