Five Racers scored in double figures Saturday night at the Gentry Center as the Murray State women defeated Tennessee State, 85-73 in Nashville.
MSU (7-12, 3-5 OVC) shot 45.6 percent from the floor in the contest and made 29 free throws. The 29 made at the line is the second-most this season by the Racers. Meanwhile, the Tigers (3-14, 1-7 OVC) shot just 35 percent from the floor.
The Racers led 46-36 at halftime thanks in large part to an 8-0 run over final 2:21 of the first half. TSU went 0-for-7 from the field down the stretch of the second quarter. For the half, the Racers shot 54.8 percent from the floor while the Tigers shot 41.4 percent.
To begin the third, after TSU scored the first five points of the half, the Racers went on a 9-0 run and led 55-41 with 7:32 left in the quarter. The Racers built their lead up to as many as 15 points multiple times throughout the quarter and led 71-57 heading into the fourth, despite going the final 2:33 of the third without a made field goal. MSU's biggest margin of the night was 16 points with under five minutes left to play.
led the way for MSU in the win as she tallied 22 points, 12 rebounds and dished out five assists. Brianna Crane
also notched a double-double on the night as she scored 14 and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds. It marks the third time this season (November 12 and 29 against Evansville and ETSU) that a pair of Racers have recorded double-doubles in the same game. Jasmine Borders
added 16 points in the victory while Bria Bethea
and Abria Gulledge
chipped in with 14 each.
The Racers outscored the Tigers 40-32 in points in the paint and had a 29-14 advantage in points off the bench. TSU forced 18 Racer turnovers and scored 20 points off those, while MSU had 16 off 13 Tiger turnovers.
Saturday's win closes the Racers' four-game road trip. MSU returns to action January 25 at the CFSB Center for a 3 p.m., contest.