The Murray State women’s basketball team gave it their all in a tough battle against the Illinois State Redbirds on Sunday. Despite trailing by 16 points after the third quarter, the Racers put up a gritty performance in the final frame, outscoring the Redbirds 21-13. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to secure the win as they lost 72-66.

Briley Pena was a standout player for Murray State, leading the bench with a career-high 12 points. The Racers also had a strong showing from beyond the arc, making a season-high 13 3-pointers with Pena and Macey Turley each sinking four. Turley led the team in scoring with 22 points, while Katelyn Young contributed 13 points and Hannah McKay recorded 10 rebounds and 8 points.

The loss was partly due to the third quarter, where Murray State shot just 17.6-percent while the Redbirds shot 70.6-percent and outscored the Racers by 19. Despite the setback, the Racers can hold their heads high knowing they put up a strong fight and will be eager to bounce back in their next game.

The Racers return home next weekend for a two-game series, starting with Indiana State on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the CFSB Center.


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