Tough-Luck Third Quarter Derails Racers
A slow start to the second half Saturday night proved to be fatal for the Murray State women as they fell on the road to SIU Edwardsville, 77-68. The Racers scored just four points in the third period and shot 2-of-14 while SIUE scored 20.
MSU (9-16, 5-9 OVC) ended up shooting just 27.8 percent from the field in the second half, despite hitting its final four field goals of the game.
It was a hard-fought first half between the two but a pair of Cougars (15-10, 12-2 OVC) free throws to end the second quarter gave SIUE a 38-37 lead at halftime. After the break was when the Cougars would extend their lead and pull away.
Brianna Crane led the Racers with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting while Jasmine Borders added 11 and Bria Bethea chipped in with 10 despite foul trouble. Bethea led MSU with eight rebounds in the loss.
For the game, the Racers shot 34.3 percent and went just 4-of-20 from 3-point range while the Cougars shot 49.2 percent and hit 4-of-16 from beyond the arc. MSU shot it well from the free-throw line, going 16-of-20 at the stripe.
SIUE had a 44-36 edge in rebounding on the night and outscored the Racers 46-34 in the paint. The Racers did outscore the Cougars 15-6 in points off turnovers.
The Racers return home next week for their final two home games of the season beginning Thursday night as Jacksonville State comes to town for a 6 p.m., tip.
by Kevin DeVries