Date (Time): Dec. 17 (5 p.m.)
Opponent: Southern Illinois
Site (Venue): Murray, Ky. (CFSB Center)
Audio: WNBS 1340 AM (PxP: Jeremy Rose)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com
Twitter In Game: @RacersWBB
MSU Record (Streak): 4-4 (Won 1)
SIU Record (Streak): 5-4 (Won 2)
All-Time Series vs. SIU (Streak): SIU leads 35-6 (Won 3)
All-Time Series in Murray (Streak): SIU leads 16-4 (Won 1)
First Meeting: W 52-44 (Feb. 21, 1972, Murray, Ky.)
Last Meeting: L 63-70 (Nov. 17, 2016, Carbondale, Ill.)
Last Five vs. SIU: 1-4 (LLLWL)
MSU Next Game: Dec. 22 at No. 18 Kentucky
MSU Next Home Game: Jan. 3 vs. Morehead St.
The Murray State women’s basketball team takes the court at the CFSB Center for the final time in 2018 as it hosts Southern Illinois at 5 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Racers put a three-game skid to bed last Thursday with an 86-50 win over Bethel (TN) at home. After slow start to the game that saw the score sit at 9-3 after one complete, the Racers exploded offensively by posting at least 20 points in each subsequent quarter, including 32 in the third. Murray State not only put up big numbers offensively, but they outrebounded the Lady Wildcats as well, 51-34. Evelyn Adebayo posted her third straight double-double and fifth of the season with game-highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Janika Griffith-Wallace also posted a double-double in the game with 10 points and 10 boards. Macey Turley added 15, while Cekeya Mack chipped in 12 to round out the Racers in double digits.
The Southern Illinois Series
The overall series has not been kind to the Racers, as they have won just six of 41 total meetings, however four of the wins have come in Murray. In 2012, the Racers put an end to a 19-game win streak by the Salukis with a 67-55 win in Murray, however, since then the two teams have met just three times with SIU sweeping all three contests.
Scouting The Salukis
The Salukis enter the matchup with a 5-4 overall record and averaging 67.9 points per game, while giving up 65.9. SIU will enter Tuesday on a two-game win streak as they won each game of the inaugural Compass Challenge with wins over Northern Illinois and Eastern Illinois. Fresh off her MVP performance in the Compass Challenge, Makenzie Silvey currently leads the Salukis with 15.4 points per game. Abby Brockmeyer is the Salukis’ leading rebounder thus far in the season with 8.8 boards per game to go along with 12.8 points.
A Win Tuesday Would…
Give the Racers a much-needed boots of momentum as they head into arguably their two toughest games of the season; at No. 18 Kentucky On Dec. 22 and at No. 9 Tennessee on Dec. 28.
A Clean Sweep
Evelyn Adebayo and Macey Turley swept the weekly OVC awards for the Racers Tuesday with Adebayo being named both Player and Newcomer and Turley earning the Freshman nod. Adebayo notched a double-double in both games last week to average 22.0 point and 13.0 rebounds, while Turley averaged 14.0 points and 5.0 assists.
Leading The Way
Evelyn Adebayo has had the most points and rebounds, either by herself or shared, in every game for the Racers this season. Already with five double-doubles in eight games, the transfer is averaging 17.6 point and 10.8 rebounds per game.
For the first time since her departure following the 2007-08 season, Jody Adams returns to the CFSB Center, this time as an assistant coach for SIU. Adams coached one season at the Bank, guiding the Racers to a 24-8 mark, an OVC tournament title and the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament. Current Racer assistant Amber Guffey was a member Adams’ championship squad.