Belmont's women rally past Murray State

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Belmont overcame an 11-point first half deficit to top the Murray State women’s basketball team, 67-57, Monday night at the Curb Event Center in Nashville.
 
The Bruins (7-12, 4-2 OVC) tried to pull away early, as they went on a 10-2 run just minutes into the game. The Racers (8-8, 1-3 OVC), however, responded in kind by reeling off an 11-2 run of their own. Murray State was able to push that lead up to 11 on two separate occasions, but an 8-3 run to end the half by the Bruins cut MSU’s advantage at the half to just six, 33-27.
 
Belmont carried that momentum over to the second half and steadily chipped away at the Racers’ lead for the first 12 minutes of the stanza. With 7:50 remaining in the game, the Bruins’ Katie Carroll hit one of her three second-half 3-pointers to put her team on top 48-47, a lead Belmont never relinquished.
 
The Racers did not go quietly, as they quickly erased a four-point lead and tied the game with 5:56 to go. Belmont then twice pushed the lead out to five, only to have Murray State cut it to one at 58-57, with 2:09 left in the game. Belmont then ended the game on a 9-0 run to rally for the 10-point win.
 
Jessica Winfrey and Jashae Lee dominated the boards for Murray State in the contest combining for 25 of the Racer’s 52 rebounds in the game. Winfrey posted her 10th double-digit rebound performance of the year with 15, while Lee added 10 for her third.
 
Despite scoring a season-low 57 points, the Racers placed two players in double-digits in the contest. Taylor Porter scored 12, while Janssen Starks added 11 to lead Murray State in the absence of leading-scorer Keiona Kirby.
 
Carroll finished the game with 15 points for the Bruins, 14 of which came in the second half, while Jordyn Luffman had 13 and Taylor Mills had 10. Frankie Joubran led all rebounders with a game-high 17 boards, to go along with six points.
 
This weekend the Racers will close out a three-game road swing when they play two games in the state of Illinois. On Saturday, MSU will take on SIU Edwardsville at 4 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m., Monday showdown at Eastern Illinois.
 
From: MSU Athletics

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