Racers Take Down APSU For First OVC Win


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The Murray State women’s basketball team picked up its first OVC win of the season Saturday by beating Austin Peay, 76-68. The win moved the Racers to 8-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while the Lady Govs suffered their 10th straight loss to fall to 3-13 on the year and 0-3 in the league.

Austin Peay led briefly to open the game at 4-2, but that would be the last lead of the game that the Lady Govs would enjoy. The Racers poured it on in the opening stanza to lead by as many as 14 and took an 11-point lead into the locker room at the break, 38-27.

Despite never regaining the lead, the Lady Govs did not go quietly. The Racers led by as many as 13 points in the early going of the last half, but Austin Peay cut it to just six, 48-42, with 13:09 to play.

After that, the Racers led by at least nine and as many as 13 on two separate occasions and twice the Lady Govs cut the lead to just four, including the final time with just 44 seconds to play. However, the Racers went 9-for-10 at the line in the final 31 seconds of the game to pick up the 76-68 win.

For the sixth time this season and third time in four games, the Racers won the rebounding battle, 50-49. Saturday’s feat was especially unique as Murray State was able to outrebound the Lady Govs despite not having a single player reach double-digits on the boards. Jessica Winfrey led the team with nine, while Bianca Babic and Netanya Jackson added eight.

The Racers also outshot Austin Peay at the charity stripe, 71.4 percent to 57.1 percent. While Austin Peay made their shots at a lesser rate, they also got to the line 21 fewer times than the Racers, only making 14 trips compared to 35 by MSU.

Keiona Kirby led all scorers with 22 points for her seventh 20-plus point performance of the season and fourth in a row. Kirby also went 11-for-14 at the line, including 4-for-4 down the stretch, marking the fourth time this year and second consecutive game that she has scored 10 or more points at the charity stripe.

Taylor Porter tied a career high with 17 points, which was aided by a good night at the line. Porter made six of eight free throws in the game including making five of six in the final 20 seconds. Janssen Starks added 14, while Julia Fox chipped in 12 to round out the four Racers in double-digits.

Tearra Banks came off the bench to lead the Lady Govs with 17 points, while Nicole Olszewski and Kristen Stainbeck scored 13 and 10, respectively.

On Monday, the Racers will look to keep their winning ways going when they travel to Belmont.

From: MSU media relations

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