ATHENS, Ohio – Morehead State junior guard Terrice Robinson scored a career-high 39 points, just two shy of the school single-game record, but the Morehead State women’s basketball dropped a 79-72 overtime decision at Ohio University’s Convocation Center Sunday.
The Bobcats won their second straight game over an Ohio Valley Conference team to improve to 3-5, while the Eagles slid to 1-8.
Robinson had 11 by halftime but erupted for 28 second-half points before fouling out with 2:31 left in overtime. Her effort nearly equaled Bev Smith’s school record of 41. She was 16-of-32 from the field and hit four three-pointers while also grabbing a career-best eight rebounds. Her total was the most in a game since Chynna Bozeman notched 39 against Murray State on March 2, 2010.
“My hat is off to Terrice,” Head Coach Tom Hodges said. “She has been through so much here, but I am so proud of her effort today. She put us on her shoulders and kept us in this game.”
Just three days after a 62-38 loss to Western Kentucky where MSU shot only 3-of-23 in the first half, the Eagles hit 43 percent (30-of-70) today and canned seven three-pointers.
“For us to play so poorly Thursday and to return and give this kind of effort today really shows our progress,” Hodges continued. “We just have to get over the hump. We were short-handed today, but we had so many people step up when we had to make some lineup changes.”
Sophomore guard Almesha Jones netted 15 points, six assists and five steals, and sophomore forward Casey Ryans tallied 13 points on a 6-of-6 performance from the floor while also grabbing seven boards. Sophomore guard Whitney Kyle corralled a career-best seven rebounds as the Eagles were only out-rebounded 40-35.
Ohio placed four in double figures, led by Kiyanna Black with 19 and Shavon Robinson with 17. Alex’ie Brown tallied 14, and Mariash Byard scored 10.
The game featured 10 lead changes and nine ties. OU outscored the Eagles 11-4 in overtime to pull away.
MSU led by as much as five in the final half, but OU’s Robinson hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left in regulation to give her team a 68-65 advantage. MSU’s Robinson nailed a three-pointer with six ticks left to send the contest into extra minutes.
Ryans’ layup with 3:52 left in overtime had the Eagles on top 70-69, but MSU missed seven straight field goals, and the hosts scored the next 10 to lead 79-70.
MSU will be off this week for semester exams before returning to action on Dec. 16 at Georgia State.
“We need to get healthy this week because we’re really banged up,” Hodges said. “It’s important for our players to concentrate on their studies this week and finish this semester strong in their classes. Then, we’ll get right back to work later this week and get ready for another road trip.”