Indiana women edge Murray State 63-62

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Indiana’s Sasha Chaplin hit a jumper with five seconds left to deal the Murray State women’s basketball team its second straight loss in heartbreaking 63-62 fashion.
 
Down 50-41with seven and half minutes to play, the Racers rallied to outscore the Hoosiers (1-1) down the stretch, 21-11.  With just 14 seconds left in the game, senior Mariah Robinson hit a three that gave the Racers their first lead in the contest since they led 14-12 in the first half.
 
However, Indiana was able to drive the length of the floor in just 11 seconds to take back the lead with the Chaplin jumper from Linda Rubene.  After a timeout, the Racers (0-2) had a chance for one final play, but Robinson’s 3-pointer from about 35-feet, hit the rim and bounced out to end the game.
 
Robinson led MSU in the game in both major statistical categories with 19 points and nine rebounds, while junior Erica Burgess and sophomore Keiona Kirby followed with nine.
 
It was Kirby who played a major role in Murray State’s late rally, as eight of her nine points came in the final 5:14 of the game, including back-to-back 3-pointers that helped the Racers battle back from eight down in the final minutes.
 
On the boards, freshman Kelsey Dirks and junior Jessica Winfrey added to the cause by pulling down eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
 
Indiana senior Jasmine McGhee led all scorers with 20, while Chaplin notched the night’s only double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
 
On Thursday, the Racers will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to take on 2012 WNIT runner-up, James Madison.  The Dukes will also enter the contest at 0-2, having dropped games to Virginia and Quinnipiac to open the season.  Tip-off from the Convocation Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET,/6 p.m. CT and can be heard locally on 1340 AM WNBS.
 
From: Murray State Media Relations

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