Three double-doubles pace MSU women over TSU

EDWARD MARLOWE | The Sun

Murray State sophomore guard Lex Mayes (17 points, five 3-pointers) was one of five Racers in double figures on Saturday night at the CFSB Center in Murray, as MSU topped Tennessee State 100-62 to end a five-game slide in Ohio Valley Conference play.

MURRAY -- Three double-doubles and 50.7% shooting from the floor helped Murray State end its five-game losing streak, as the Racers topped Tennessee State 100-62 on Saturday night at the CFSB Center.

MSU junior forward Laci Hawthorne paced all scorers and rebounders with 21 points and 14 boards, while sophomores Macey Turley (15 points, 10 assists, five rebounds) and Alexis Burpo (17 points, 10 assists, five rebounds) took turns playing point guard for the Racers (9-10, 2-6 Ohio Valley).

Tack on 17 points on five 3-pointers from sophomore Lex Mayes, and 14 points on 50% shooting from sophomore Macie Gibson, and the Racers got a complete, balanced diet on offense.

"I just think, at this point, the chemistry and love for each other is just growing," noted MSU third-year coach Rechelle Turner. "And again, you have to have people in your circle that are not only in it for you, but in it with you. And they understand and take on that.

"Sometimes, you have to be able to go through things to get to certain places. And this team's been through a lot. And I think that it's made them closer. And they've just pulled in together to understand that this is what we've got, and this is what we're going with."

The Racers outscored the Tigers (2-16, 0-8) 20-4 over the final 7:35 of the first quarter, led 51-35 at halftime, and then outscored TSU 49-27 in the final two quarters, in what was the 28th 100-point game in Murray State women's basketball history.

MSU scored 26 points on 20 TSU turnovers, outrebounded the Tigers 45-42 and shot 13-for-29 from behind the arc.

"I think our offense has been kind of stagnant, so in practice these past few days, we've been working on our pace," noted Turley. "Going in transition, cutting hard, setting good screens and things like that.

"And we've really worked on our offense since after Thursday's game (against Belmont). Just trying to get some movement, and obviously we came out and shot it with confidence. Lex Mayes, Gibby (Gibson), both shooting with confidence. Being able to get up (shots) and see them go in is awesome."

Murray St. 100, Tennessee St. 62

Tennessee St. 11 24 15 12 - 62

Murray St. 31 20 30 19 - 100

TIGERS - Jaden Wrightsell 15, Ashley Primas 11, Amber Appiah-Kubi 10, Andreana Wrister 8, Terrysha Banner 6, Jazmine Young 4, Breannah McCullah 4, Deaja Richardson 2, Jasmine Broner 2.

FG: 27-75. 3PT: 4-18 (Wrister 2, Appiah-Kubi 2). FT: 4-7. Reb: 42 (Wrightsell 11). PF: 15. Ast: 10. TO: 20. Stl: 5. Blk: 2. Record: 2-16 (0-8).

RACERS - Laci Hawthorne 21, Alexis Burpo 17, Lex Mayes 17, Macey Turley 15, Macie Gibson 14, G'Torria Swinton 8, Raegan Blackburn 6, Lauren Jackson 2.

FG: 38-75. 3PT: 13-29 (Mayes 5, Turley 3, Blackburn 2, Gibson 2, Burpo). FT: 11-14. Reb: 45 (Hawthorne 14). PF: 12. Ast: 28 (Turley 10, Burpo 10). TO: 12. Stl: 7. Blk: 2. Record: 9-10 (2-6).

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