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Eagle women drop tight one in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Morehead State’s women’s basketball team hit a season-best nine three-pointers Wednesday at Cincinnati, but the hosts used a 12-3 run to end the first half and 10-3 run to finish the game as they defeated MSU 55-45 at Fifth Third Arena.

The Bearcats improved to 4-1, while MSU dipped to 1-5.

Junior guard Terrice Robinson and sophomore forward Casey Ryans each buried a trio of three-pointers as Robinson led MSU with 13 points and Ryans had 11, but the Eagles went without a field goal for the final 6:28. UC’s Dayeesha Hollins, who led all players with 18 points, scored five of her team’s final 10 in the last eight minutes.

Robinson also pulled in a team and career-best seven rebounds. UC only won the rebounding battle, 36-29.

“Mentally our effort was probably as sharp as it’s been all year,” MSU Head Coach Tom Hodges said. “Up until the last few minutes, we did a great job, but we missed a few shots and let them do down and capitalize. We just have to learn how to close out games.”

MSU freshman Kailee Howe hit a running jumper in the lane to bring her team to within 45-42 at the 8:01 mark. A three-pointer by Robinson at 6:28 was the final field goal as UC hit three field goals and four free throws down the stretch.

Sophomore guard Almesha Jones tied her career high with seven assists, and junior guard Tyler Ituen scored a season-best eight points for the Eagles.

“Tyler probably had her best game this year tonight, and Casey had another nice game too,” Hodges said.

The Bearcats scored the games’ first four, but a pair of three-balls from Robinson keyed a 10-4 run to give the visitors their first lead, 10-8, at the 12:19 mark. The Eagles hit seven three-pointers in the opening half and held leads of five (19-14 and 22-17) twice. A 12-3 run in the final seven minutes shifted the lead back to UC at the half, 29-25.

The Eagles finished 9-of-24 from three-point range and shot 37 percent overall (17-of-46). UC hit 39 percent (21-of-54) overall, including 42 percent in the final half.

“We shot the ball much better tonight,” Hodges said. “I am proud of our effort. We just have to find a way to put the ball in the hole more consistently.”

Morehead State returns home on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET to host East Tennessee State. Fans can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one free Family Day special. Live stats will be available via MSUEagles.com and the game will be broadcast live on WIVY-96.3 FM and on MSUEagles.com.

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