Racers Travel to EIU Looking to Secure Postseason Berth
Date/Time: February 22/5:15 p.m. Site: Charleston, Ill. Opponent (Record): Eastern Illinois (2-25, 1-15 OVC) Murray State Record: 10-17, 6-10 OVC Watch Live: OVC Digital Network Listen Live: Froggy 103.7 FM (Jeremy Rose PxP) Live Stats All-Time Series: Murray State leads the all-time series 30-19 Last Meeting: at MSU 72, EIU 61 – December 28, 2017 Twitter In-Game: @RacersWBB
The Murray State women hit the road for the final week of the regular season, beginning Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at Eastern Illinois. The Racers can clinch a spot in the OVC Tournament next week in Evansville, Ind., with a win Thursday night. Right now, MSU sits a game ahead of Eastern Kentucky for the eighth and final spot in the tournament and holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Colonels.
MSU won the first meeting with EIU this season in the OVC opener back in late December at the CFSB Center, 72-61. The Racers used a balanced offensive attack in the win as Ke'Shunan James led the way with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Bria Bethea added 17 points and eight boards while Brianna Crane had 16 and nine.
The Racers closed their 2017-18 home schedule Saturday night with an 80-73 victory over Tennessee Tech on Senior Night. James led the way with 37 points on 13-of-21 shooting while Bethea dropped 16 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds. MSU's four seniors, Betha, Jasmine Borders, James and Mary Jones accounted for 60 of the Racers' 80 points in the win.
For her efforts last week, James received her fifth ADIDAS OVC Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor this season. In the two games, James averaged 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and three assists per game on 50 percent shooting from the floor and adding 19 made free throws.
Eastern Illinois has played most of its season without All-OVC player Grace Lennox, who was averaging 15.4 points per game through the first eight games of the season before going down with an injury. Taylor Steele has led the rest of the Panthers in scoring average with 9.5 points per game. Jennifer Nehls leads EIU with 4.9 rebounds per contest and has started 26-of-27 games on the season. Danielle Berry is the only Panther that has started in all 27 games this year. For the season, the Panthers are averaging 58 points per game and are allowing 72.2 per.