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Eagle women rally to beat SEMO, 70-64, on the road

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Junior guard Terrice Robinson scored 23 points, and sophomore Casey Ryans and junior Allie Turner combined for 24 points - all in the second half - as the Morehead State women's basketball team rallied to defeat Southeast Missouri, 70-64, on the road Monday night.

The Eagles picked up their fifth straight win in the Show Me Center, their eighth consecutive triumph over the Redhawks, and improved to 3-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 7-13 overall. SEMO lost its third straight game, dipping to 8-11 overall and 2-4 in the OVC West Division.

The Eagles trailed 33-29 at the half but outscored the Redhawks 41-31 in the final 20 minutes when they shot 62 percent (13-of-21). The point total and field goal percentages were both season-highs for a half. MSU didn’t hit a field in the final 6:27 but nailed eight of its final 12 free throws to thwart any Redhawk rally.

“I was so proud of our group tonight,” Head Coach Tom Hodges said. “As good as we played in the second half, I also thought the first half was nearly as good. We just had some lapses defensively and we fell behind.”

MSU sophomore guard Almesha Jones added 11 points, seven assists and four steals. Turner had 11 points, and Ryans tied her career-high with 13. Jones is averaging six assists per outing in league games, while Ryans reached double figures for the third time in four tries.

Turner, who also had five assists tonight, now has 61 points in four career games versus SEMO. She scored 24 points against the Redhawks two seasons ago, also all in the second half.

In MSU’s three conference wins now, it has registered 70 or more points. In the three league setbacks, the Eagles have scored in the 50s each time.

The Eagles trailed 38-34 early in the final half before an 11-4 run, capped by Turner’s running jumper, catapulted the visitors into a lead they never relinquished. Turner’s three-pointer with 6:27 remaining pushed MSU to its largest lead, 62-51. SEMO cut its deficit to five twice, but Jones picked up a key steal with 19 seconds left to effectively shut down any more Redhawk opportunities.

Bailie Roberts topped the hosts with 20 points, while Kara Wright scored 12 and Allyson Bradshaw tallied 11. Patricia Mack helped the Redhawks own the rebounding battle, 42-39, with a game-high nine. SEMO shot just 37 percent (12-of-32) in the final half.

“Defensively, that was one of our best adjustable games all year playing the matchup zone,” Hodges said. “We came out in the second half and made the right adjustments and executed them.”

Morehead State returns home Saturday to face Tennessee State at 5:15 p.m. ET. Live stats, audio and video links will be available via MSUEagles.com.

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