Ke’Shunan James and LeAsia Wright combined to score 51 points and shot 21-for-38 from the field together as the Murray State women cruised past Lipscomb, 79-59 Tuesday night at the CFSB Center. The win improves the Racers to 4-1 overall on the season and a perfect 4-0 at home.
James and Wright, who outscored the entirety of the Lady Bisons (1-4) team for much of the contest, both recorded season-highs as James scored a game-high 28 and Wright tallied 23 in the win. Both players led the team with four assists each while James grabbed eight rebounds and Wright had seven. James went 11-of-20 from the floor and hit a pair of 3-pointers while Wright was 10-for-18 and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Abria Gulledge was the third Racer in double figures as she added 10 points and hit three treys. Kyra Gulledge tied James for the team lead with eight rebounds while also notching a season-best five blocks on the night. Bria Bethea was also a pest defensively for MSU as she recorded a pair of blocks and steals in the victory.
James scored the first nine points of the ballgame for the Racers while her and Wright combined to score 26 of MSU’s 29 points in the opening stanza. At the break, the Racers led 41-25 and Wright had 16 while James scored 14 in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Racers played much like they did in the first period and outscored Lipscomb 21-11 in the frame and led 62-36. MSU would push its lead up to as many as 31 with 8:11 left to go in the game and would cruise the rest of the way.
For the game, the Racers shot 40.5 percent, going 30-for-74 from the field while hitting 9-of-31 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, LU shot 36 percent (22-of-61) overall and went 7-for-23 from beyond the arc. Neither team shot the ball at the free-throw line very well as MSU was 10-of-17 and the Lady Bisons went just 8-for-17 at the stripe.
The Racers out-rebounded their opponent for the fourth time this season as they held a 51-40 edge on the glass. MSU tallied seven more offensive boards and gained a 19-11 advantage on second-chance points. The Racers also outscored Lipscomb 36-28 in points in the paint and scored 18 points off of 17 LU turnovers while committing just 10 turnovers of their own, leading to six points for the Lady Bisons.
MSU’s 4-0 record at home so far this season is its best start at the CFSB Center since the Racers went a perfect 14-0 during the 2008-09 season. The Racers also begin the season 4-1 for the first time since 2009-10.
Next, the Racers hit the road for a pair of contests as they will travel to Ohio Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest before heading to East Tennessee State for a game Monday night at 6.
Kevin DeVries


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