The Murray State women’s basketball team outscored UT Martin in the third quarter of Thursday’s night game at the Elam Center in Martin to trim the Skyhawk lead to three. However, the Racers could not carry their momentum over to the final stanza and fell to UT Martin, 75-67

A big part of the third quarter surge was Evelyn Adebayo, who despite being held to just four points in the first half score a Racers season-high 13 in the third. Though Murray State outscored the Skyhawks in both the first and third quarters, it was the seven-point differential in the second and the five-point differential in the fourth that proved to be too much for MSU to overcome. 

Despite the loss, there were plenty of positive takeaways for Murray State including the plus-14 rebound margin that it created by outrebounding the Skyhawks, 47-33. The Racers also outshot UT Martin on the night, 40.7 to 37.7.

Adebayo finished the game with her second consecutive and seventh double of the season of 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead all players. She was also 11-for-16 at the free throw line, which is a team season-high in both free throws made and free throws attempted.

Lex Mayes flirted with a double-double of her own as she finished with nine points and eight rebounds, while Brianna Crane was close as well, scoring eight points and pulling down eight rebounds.

Murray State will close out the first leg of its four-game road swing Saturday against Southeast Missouri at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau.

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