CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A superb start didn't hold for Murray State on Saturday, as the Racers fell to Southeast Missouri, 88-73, in the Show Me Center.
The Racers (8-9, 1-5 Ohio Valley) overcame an early 10-0 deficit and led early in the second quarter, 23-20, after freshman guard Macie Gibson nailed one of her three first-half triples. And MSU led the Redhawks at the break, 41-31, mainly behind 15 of Macey Turley's 25 points and 7-for-11 shooting from the arc in those first 20 minutes.
SEMO (12-5, 4-2), however, unleashed a 24-1 run to begin the third quarter, as the Racers went 0-for-6 with six turnovers and four fouls over a five-minute span.
"We come out after halftime, and they just totally take advantage of us," noted MSU third-year coach Rechelle Turner. "We don't make shots. Just put ourselves in a bad position. But that's what this basketball team has been. Kind of hilly. Up and down. But I think a lot of that has to do with youth. A lot of that has to do is us trying to find the right personnel on the floor. Our rotation is getting shorter and shorter with injuries.
"And so, the bottom line is sometimes you have to sacrifice the results for the process. And that's what we're in. We're playing kids that are in their second year, or maybe even in their first year coming off of injuries. They're going to make mistakes. They're going to do things. But these are growing pains that I feel like we have to go through, to prepare us for what's coming."
MSU shot 20-for-51 and 12-for-28 from the arc, as Turley, Gibson, Lex Mayes and Alexis Burpo (20 points, eight rebounds, three assists) all made three 3-pointers.
But SEMO had four in double figures in Tesia Thompson (22), Taelour Pruitt (20), Carrie Shephard (13, 10 assists) and LaTrese Sain, and the Redhawks turned 23 Racer turnovers into 28 points, and grabbed 24 second-chance points on 18 offensive rebounds.
It's been the two toughest categories for MSU this season, as ball-handling and size are at a premium.
Murray State 18 23 12 20 - 73
SE Missouri 20 11 31 26 - 88
RACERS - Macey Turley 25, Alexis Burpo 20, Lex Mayes 13, Macie Gibson 9, Cekeya Mack 2, Laci Hawthorne 2, G'Torria Swinton 2.
FG: 20-51. 3PT: 12-28 (Mayes 3, Turley 3, Burpo 3, Gibson 3). FT: 21-23. Reb: 32. PF: 20. Ast: 11. TO: 23. Blk: 2. St: 5. Record: 8-9 (1-5).
REDHAWKS - Tesia Thompson 22, Taelour Pruitt 20, Carrie Shephard 13, LaTrese Saine 12, Roshala Scott 8, Jessie Harshberger 5, Jocelyn Taylor 4, Denisha Gardener 4.
FG: 30-71. 3PT: 8-19 (Shephard 3, Pruitt 2, Thompson 2, Harshberger). FT: 20-23. Reb: 42. PF: 24. Ast: 20. TO: 10. Blk: 4. Stl: 11. Record: 12-5 (4-2).