Despite Ke'Shunan James
' career-high 35 points on Wednesday night, the Murray State women fell at home to Southeast Missouri, 80-67 at the CFSB Center on Senior Night.
James, who also tied a career-high with 12 made field goals on the night, also added three 3-pointers and nine rebounds in the loss. Bria Bethea
was the other Racer in double figures as she scored 19 in the loss. Kyra Gulledge
meanwhile had an excellent all-around game as she grabbed a season-high 13 boards and also had three blocks and two steals in her final home game as a Racer.
The Racers, (15-13, 7-8 OVC) who led for much of the first half, including a 25-18 lead after the first quarter, hit a cold streak late in the first half and at the beginning of the second as the Redhawks (13-15, 7-8 OVC) closed the second quarter on a 14-3 run and led 38-32 at the break.
The third quarter began as poorly as the second ended for MSU as SEMO scored the first 10 points of the period and built up a 16-point lead with 7:21 to play in the period and lengthened the lead to as many as 20 points with just under a minute gone by in the fourth. The Racers were able to cut the deficit down to as little as 11 twice in the period, but that was as close as MSU would get.
MSU shot 38.7 percent from the floor in the loss and went just 7-of-28 from 3-point range. The Redhawks meanwhile shot nearly 43 percent and made 8-of-19 from beyond the arc. SEMO also had a big discrepancy at the free-throw line as the Redhawks went 24-for-34 at the stripe and MSU was just 12-for-20.
The Redhawks also scored 21 points off 22 MSU turnovers. The Racers did outscore SEMO 26-24 in points in the paint and 12-11 in second-chance points as the Racers won the rebounding battle, 43-39.
With just one more game left to play in the regular season, the Racers currently sit in a five-way tie for fourth-place in the OVC standings along with Austin Peay, SEMO, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin. The Racers conclude the regular season Saturday at UT Martin in a 4 p.m. contest.