DURANT — Plagued by turnovers, the Southeastern offense sputtered and the Savage Storm dropped its first Great American Conference contest, 45-42, to Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

DURANT — Plagued by turnovers, the Southeastern offense sputtered and the Savage Storm dropped its first Great American Conference contest, 45-42, to Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.


The loss drops SOSU to 8-4 overall on the year and knocks them out of a tie for the league lead at 5-1 in conference play.


It was the second-lowest point total of the season for the team and matched the lowest shooting percentage of the year.


Despite the 28.3 percent night from the floor, the Storm defense still held NWOSU to just 24.1 percent shooting including a 13.8 percent mark in the first half.


The difference on offense proved to be the five threes the Rangers hit compared to just two by SOSU who averaged five threes per game coming into the contest.


Breana Small-Peppers led the offensive charge for the Storm with 15 points and was the only double-digit scorer for the home club, while Haley Schaefer added nine and Cheree Kiser chipped in six.


Southeastern also held an advantage on the glass, out-rebounding its opponents 49-to-33, holding an edge on both the offensive and defensive glass.