Fire Dominate in the Paint, Soar Past Royals

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No. 5 Southeastern Takes Down Warner in Lake Wales

LAKE WALES, Fla. – On an evening where the Fire outscored the Royals 52-18 in the second half, the No. 5 Southeastern University women’s basketball team soared to a 95-46 win over the Warner University Royals to improve to 10-0 in Sun Conference play.

Junior center Marlena Schmidt had a dominant day in the paint, scoring 15 of her 22 points and grabbing 10 of her 12 rebounds in the first half. The first half double-double was the first of her collegiate career.

The Royals were able to keep pace with the Fire throughout the first quarter, trailing just 22-16 after the first period of play.

SEU blasted out the gate in the second quarter, opening up the period on an 11-0 run. Shooting 70% from inside the paint in the first half guided the Fire to a 43-28 halftime lead.

“We were very happy with the way we got out to a quick start,” shared head coach Tim Hays. “We believe we have an advantage with our size inside and were very intentional tonight about getting paint touches.”

Senior forward Elsa Paulsson-Glantz was a perfect 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from the free-throw line to total 13 of her 17 points in the first half.

The Fire shot 60% (9-15) from three-point range in the second half, a stark improvement from their 21.4% (3-14) performance in the opening half of play.

Senior guard Jaycee Coe was a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc in the second half.

Defensively, SEU held WU to just nine points in the third and fourth quarters each and 25% (7-28) from the field in the second half.

Coe finished with 17 points to go along with four assists. Freshman guard Reagan Linster totaled 11 off the bench. Senior guard Emma Karamovic rounded out the group of five SEU players with double-digits, scoring 10 off the bench.

Senior guard Halee Printz totaled 11 assists on the night.

Southeastern accumulated 27 points off of 12 Warner turnovers.

The Fire look to continue their rhythm in conference play, as they host the Webber International University Warriors on Saturday at 5 p.m.

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