James scores 41 to lead MSU women past Austin Peay

Ke’Shunan James recorded one of the single greatest performances in Murray State women’s basketball program history Thursday afternoon inside the CFSB Center as she tallied 41 points and came just one assist shy of just the third triple-double in program history as she helped lead the Racers to a 91-65 win over Austin Peay.

The 41 points from James are the fourth-most points in a single game in program history and a career-best for James who was extremely efficient in the win, shooting 15-of-20 from the floor and going 11-for-13 at the free-throw line. James added a game-high 10 rebounds on the day and tied a career-high with the nine assists.

James had 23 points by halftime on 11-of-14 shooting and took just six shots in the second half, but went 10-for-11 at the line in the final two periods.

MSU (9-15, 5-8 OVC) led for much of Thursday’s contest as the Governors (13-11, 6-7 OVC) led for just 5:30 of the game. Trailing 15-8 with 4:32 to play in the opening quarter, the Racers closed the period on a 16-5 run and led 24-20 after one and didn’t look back from there.

In the second, the Racers were able to lead by 14 points on multiple occasions and took a 45-31 advantage into halftime. In the second half, the Racers just kept building on their lead, leading 70-45 after three periods and then leading by as many as 29 late in the fourth. The 26-point victory is the largest margin of victory this season for MSU.

Abria Gulledge had a solid night, notching 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting including 2-of-4 from 3-point range. Jasmine Borders added 14 on 5-of-6 shooting and a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Bria Bethea chipped in with 10 points in the win, despite playing just 18 minutes due to foul trouble.

For the game, MSU shot 57 percent from the floor and went 8-for-17 (47 percent) from 3-point range and hit 19 free throws. The Govs shot 46.3 percent overall and were 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from three.

MSU had a slight edge in paint points at 36-32 but scored 25 points off 19 APSU turnovers while the Governors had 13 on 14 turnovers by MSU. The Racers also got out and ran in transition against the Governors, outscoring APSU 17-2 in fast break points.

The Racers hit the road to close out the week as they have a tough contest Saturday at SIU Edwardsville. The contest with the Cougars is set for 6 p.m. SIUE defeated MSU 75-70 earlier this season at the end of December.

From: MSU Media Relations

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