Racer women stun EIU in OT

EDWARD MARLOWE | The Sun

Murray State's Alexis Burpo (32) nearly came up with a triple-double in Thursday's 92-87 overtime win at the CFSB Center in Murray, notching 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the win.

MURRAY -- Not much fell in favor for Murray State on Thursday night.

Macey Turley, its star sophomore point guard, finished 1-for-10 with four assists, four personal fouls and five turnovers.

Lariah Washington, Eastern Illinois' terrific guard, couldn't be stopped -- going 14-for-23 with 35 points.

And with 1:03 remaining in regulation at the CFSB Center, Racers third-year coach Rechelle Turner picked up an ill-advised technical in an argument for a foul on an Alexis Burpo layup.

But EIU's five-point lead with 60 seconds eroded after a Burpo basket and a Macie Gibson buzzer-beating triple right in front of the team bench -- and the Racers survived in overtime, 92-87.

"A win like this can be a program-changer for us," Turner said. "Just the confidence that the kids showed. ... We got down 10 at one point, I think, and it looked bleak. But they have no quit in them." Turley's four fouls limited her to just 30 minutes in all, so in stepped others.

For the second-straight game, three Racers had double-doubles, and five scored in double figures: Burpo (21 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists), Gibson (14 points, 10 rebounds, two 3-pointers), Laci Hawthorne (20 points, 13 rebounds), Lex Mayes (20 points, five assists, four 3-pointers) and Raegan Blackburn (11 points, three 3-pointers).

MSU (10-10, 3-6 Ohio Valley) built an 11-point lead by halftime, 43-32, courtesy of 11-for-20 shooting in the second quarter, while holding the Panthers (11-9, 5-4) to just 3-for-13 from the floor in the stretch.

But what's become a tough signature for MSU, EIU responded in the third quarter by outscoring the Racers 25-13, shooting 10-for-19 in the frame and 5-for-6 from the stripe.

A Mayes cut to the basket tied it at 62-all with 7:27 left in the fourth quarter when EIU went on a 12-2 run.

MSU trailed just once in overtime, 82-81 after a Washington layup, when the Racers closed 12-5 -- getting two offensive putbacks from Hawthorne and four free throws from Turley to win it.

Murray St. 92, EIU 87 (OT)

EIU 20 12 25 21 9 - 87

Murray St. 17 26 13 22 14 - 92

PANTHERS - Lariah Washington 35, Abby Wahl 19, Jordyn Hughes 11, Karle Pace 10, Kira Arthofer 8, Morgan Litwiller 2, Jennifer Nehls 2.

FG: 30-71. 3PT: 6-18 (Arthofer 2, Pace 2, Washington, Hughes). FT: 21-26. Reb: 38. PF: 20. Ast: 15. TO: 14. Stl: 10. Blk: 1. Record: 11-9 (5-4).

RACERS - Alexis Burpo 21, Laci Hawthorne 20, Lex Mayes 20, Macie Gibson 14, Raegan Blackburn 11, Macey Turley 6.

FG: 34-71. 3PT: 10-25 (Mayes 4, Blackburn 3, Gibson 2, Burpo). FT: 14-18. Reb: 44 (Hawthorne 13, Burpo 10, Gibson 10). PF: 18. Ast: 21. TO: 16. Stl: 5. Blk: 4. Record: 10-10 (3-6).

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