MURRAY -- Macey Turley wasn't going to post single-digit scoring for a second game in a row.
So on Saturday night at the CFSB Center, she didn't, instead going 10-for-15 from the field, 4-for-6 from the arc and 5-for-5 from the stripe for a game-high 29 points, leading the Murray State Racers to a 74-60 win over SIU Edwardsville.
"Coaches have just been telling me to shoot more," Turley said with a laugh. "Even if they're bad shots, because usually my shot is going to be better than some other shots, or us turning it over.
"But I kind of forgot about Thursday's game, and I just wanted to come out here and just play the best I can."
Now 4-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference and riding a three-game winning streak, Turley wasn't the only one scoring effectively. Lex Mayes scored 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting, including the first five points on the game (and while nursing a broken nose). Macie Gibson shot 55% from the floor (5-for-9) and had 12 points and five rebounds. And Alexis Burpo added her third-straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
"You love to see it," Mayes said of Burpo. "You love to see it."
MSU (11-10), back above .500, got off to a splendid start and lead 17-4 midway through the first quarter behind a balanced attack. The Racers were up 23-12 heading into the second quarter by shooting 10-for-17 from the floor.
SIUE cut to within 26-25 on a 13-3 run to when the Racers responded against the Cougars zone, with two jumpers from Gibson and a trailing triple from Mayes (on a pass from Turley), to go back up 33-25.
Turley's third 3-pointer opened the fourth quarter and gave MSU a 57-48 lead. Her fourth: 66-54.
"These kids are really coming along," noted MSU third-year coach Rechelle Turner. "And a lot of our players have improved, and that's part of the reason that we've been successful for the last three games."
Murray St. 74, SIU Edwardsville 60
SIU Edwardsville 12 19 17 12 - 60
Murray State 23 12 19 20 - 74
COUGARS - Mikayla Kinnard 13, Kaitlin Lee 12, Tori Handley 11, Bria Stallworth 6, Zaria Whitlock 6, Allie Troeckler 4.
FG: 22-54. 3PT: 3-12 (Handley 3). FT: 13-18. Reb: 33. PF: 19. Ast: 10. TO: 18. Stl: 9. Blk: 3. Record: 3-18 (1-9).
RACERS - Macey Turley 29, Lex Mayes 14, Macie Gibson 12, Alexis Burpo 11, Laci Hawthorne 6, G'Torria Swinton 2.
FG: 27-67. 3PT: 8-25 (Turley 4, Gibson 2, Mayes 2). FT: 12-16. Reb: 42 (Burpo 15). PF: 15. Ast: 12. TO: 15. Stl: 5. Blk: 1. Record: 11-10 (4-6).