MURRAY — Morehead State got hot from behind the 3-point arc and Murray State once again found itself in a long-distance slump.

Still, the Racers were able to overcome a late rally for a 69-62 win over the Eagles in OVC women’s basketball action Monday night at the CFSB Center.

Macey Turley led MSU with 17 points and a season-high eight assists, while Lacey Hawthorne notched her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 boards. The senior has dominated the glass over the past two games, pulling down 12 rebounds in each contest.

Katelyn Young paired her career-best 14 rebounds with eight points, two blocks, an assist and a steal on the night, while Manna Mensah finished with 11 points, a rebound and an assist.

For a team that entered Monday’s contest shooting just 20% from 3-point range, Morehead State, at times, could not miss from long range, going 11-for-26 including an impressive 8-for-17 from Tyler Moore who finished the night with a game-high 24 points.

On the other end, the Racers were uncharacteristically cold from behind the arc for the second consecutive game. Heading into Saturday’s game at SIUE, MSU was shooting 33.6-% from 3-point range, however, the Racers have shot just 13.1% from three-point range over the past two games after a 2-for-24 performance Saturday and a 3-for-14 clip Monday.

The Racers relied on two other strengths this season: pounding the paint and crashing the boards.

After getting outrebounded for the first time this season at SIUE, the Racers were ferocious on the glass Monday night, pulling down 10 more boards than Morehead State, 43-33.

In the paint, the Racers were able to score 34 of their 69 points in the game, while limiting Morehead State to just 14.

Having led by as many as nine in the second half, Murray State allowed Morehead State to continually chip away at its lead until Moore sank a three with 4:53 to play to give the Eagles their first lead since the first quarter. The Racers, however, responded quickly by tying the game on a pair of Mensah free throws with 4:33 to go, followed by a 3-pointer from Lex Mayes with 3:57 left to give her team a lead it would never relinquish.

The Racers (5-4, 2-2 OVC) will look to put together two in a row for the second time this season Thursday when they travel to Cape Girardeau to take on Southeast Missouri at 5 p.m. at the Show-Me Center.

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