Murray State's women fall to TSU 67-61


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A six-game win-streak by the Murray State women’s basketball team came to a close on Monday night with a 67-61 loss to Tennessee State at the CFSB Center.
The game got off to a slow start for the Racers (15-8, 8-4), as the Lady Tigers (10-12, 6-5) jumped out to an 11 point lead mid-way through the opening half.  However, from that point, Tennessee State went cold and missed their last 13 shots of the frame.  
The drought allowed the Racers to battle back and end the half on a 13-0 run.  Despite trailing for the majority of the stanza, the run allowed MSU took a 27-25 lead into the locker room at the break.
In the second half, the two teams went back and forth for the first 8 minutes, with neither team able to pull away.  However, with 11:07 to play freshman Erika Sisk hit pair of free throws to start a 15-7 run that gave Murray State an eight point lead with just under seven minutes to play.
Despite the lead, the Racers were not able to put TSU away and allowed the Lady Tigers to charge back.  Leading by just one with 3:31 to play, Murray State experienced its own drought and missed its last five field goal attempts of the game from that point.  
Tennessee State was able to take advantage of the cold spell and ended the game on a 7-0 run.  The Racers, however, were not without their chances late in the game, but missed two layups in the last 30 seconds to give the Lady Tigers a 67-61 win. 
Sisk finished the game with a career-high 29 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.  Senior Jessica Winfrey led the Racers on the boards in the game with 11, while freshman Kelsey Dirks finished just one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Kesi Hess led three Lady Tigers in double figures with 19, with 15 of those points coming by way of the 3-pointer.  Simone Hopes followed with 16 points, while Jasmin Shuler rounded out the TSU players in double-digits with 12.
Murray State will look to bounce back from the loss when they travel to league-leaders Eastern Illinois on Saturday.  After topping the Panthers, 68-58, earlier this year in Murray, the Racers will be looking to sweep the season series for the first-time since 2009.  Tip-off from Lantz Arena in Charleston is set for 4 p.m.
From: MSU Media Relations